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Hello friends and beloved partners!
We are grateful to have your steadfast support of the Star of Hope students. All have settled into new routines and the kids are happy to be in school.
They have become accustomed to wearing masks and handwashing no longer requires lots of prompting!
Being located in a far-flung location, we are fortunate also for having had no reported incidence of the virus so far. At the national level, the government is hoping to acquire vaccines by June, though the priority will be for the frontline workers before the next vulnerable category of the population is reached.
All in all, we remain optimistic.
We feel your love and support as always!
Thank you, Leonard and Gladwell
It's Spring At Star of Hope!
Meet Centrine and Immaculate, identical twins who were abandoned shortly after birth by their mother because, culturally, she believed twins to be a bad omen. The girls’ concerned Grandma took them in and struggled to provide for them. Grandma got permission from Star of Hope to drop the girls off to play with the other kids while she worked odd jobs. Essentially, the school agreed to babysit the girls. Grandma volunteered with weeding the school’s crops to pay for the girls’ meals, and a meal for her. Leonard admitted the twins into the early childhood development (pre-school) program. Centrine and Immaculate are flourishing, Grandma knows they are safe, and the little family of three lives near the school. How lucky is that?!
As many of you know, last year, because of COVID, we were forced to swap out our annual fundraising blow-out dinner dance for a virtual event (which was very successful, thanks to all of you!). Now, with vaccines being distributed, we are trying to figure out what to do this year and how to do it. Err on the side of caution and do a virtual event again?
Get creative and do a modified in-person event? What would you like to see?
Drop us a line – all ideas welcome! We’ll keep you posted.
Providing your first and last names really helps us keep things straight!
After 11 years as a founding member, Selah Brown is stepping away from the Star of Hope Board – but not from Star of Hope! Selah and her excellent team have formed a new organization called Stella’s Stars to raise funds to build and operate a high school so the Star of Hope primary school graduates can continue onto secondary school in their own community! This has long been a passion for Selah and we know her heart and commitment to these kids will do amazing things. With lots of love, we wish great success to Selah, and Stella’s Stars!
Wishing you health and happiness from the whole Star of Hope Family,
Leonard, Gladwell, the teachers and staff in Kenya, The USA Board
(Vicki, Dana, Marsha and Bill), and most of all, from the children.
March 2021 Newsletter
Star of Hope Centre USA
5015 Magnolia Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
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