Caring for Children of the Earth
Africa Student Fund Projects
Together we can make a difference.
Since 2010, students and friends of the Earth & Spirit Center have contributed over $100,000 to help needy children in East Africa. Through our connection with the international Passionist community, we have been supporting children in Kenya and Tanzania.
Please consider partnering with us by making a gift to support one of the initiatives in Africa. A donation of whatever size fits your budget makes a difference. The return on your investment will be significant! Dollars given to Africa go a long way. Plus, it can be tax deductible. We promise that 100% of whatever you contribute goes directly to your stated intention.
Caring for Abandoned Children in Tonga, Kenya
The Passionist Orphanage in Tonga, a remote village in western Kenya, was founded just a few years ago to care for children who have lost their parents to AIDS, are living in extreme poverty, or have been abandoned. As a home for 30 children ranging in age from 4 to 17 year, the needs of the orphanage are great. Over 500 children have applied. With a donation, you can “adopt” a child for one year. You will also be helping the orphanage feed, educate, and improve the lives of more children. Click here to make a donation.
- $500 -- provides a child’s food, lodging, and educational expenses for one year.
- $250 -- half of a child’s needs for one year
Vocational Sewing Program
Empowering Young Women in Karungu, Kenya
Founded in 1999, the sewing school has graduated hundreds of young women from poor villages in western Kenya -- lifting them out of poverty by equipping them with technical and soft skills needed to start a career in the apparel industry. This 2½ year training program, which offers free tuition and housing to young women, is funded through donations and sale of garments. Your contribution will help purchase essential sewing machines and embroidery equipment. This will enable students to produce better garments for sale and generate a steady revenue source for continued self-sustainability of the sewing program. Click here to make a donation.
Social Solidarity Initiatives
Supporting Life-Sustaining Projects in Arusha, Tanzania
The Passionist missionaries in Arusha, Tanzania, have developed income-generating projects to fund needy children’s school fees, provide food and medical care to poor families, and support an education fund for training seminarians. Through a variety of projects -- selling milk, baby chicks, eggs, pigs, fish and produce -- seminary students learn farming skills that can be shared with the communities they will someday support. The projects have been of great benefit -- providing employment opportunities, farming skills, and funds to support those in need. Your donation will be used to support these sustainable projects which are changing lives in this community. Click here to make a donation.
The Hope Scholarship
Providing College Grants to Gifted Disadvantaged Students
Every year, our partner Passionists in Kenya identify promising local secondary students who aspire to become professionals -- teachers, nurses, doctors, political leaders, engineers -- but whose families cannot afford college tuition and fees. The Hope Scholarship Fund of Kenya provides financial assistance to fund a student throughout four years of college. The most needy and promising students are selected through an application process. Through this scholarship fund you can change the course of a young person’s life forever. Click here to make a donation.
$1000 – Visionary • $500 -- Patron
$250 -- Sponsor • $100 -- Supporter
$50 -- Friend
Needy Student Fund
Assisting Impoverished Families in Nairobi, Kenya
Three times each year, before school semesters begin, mothers line up outside the Passionist Retreat House in Nairobi, Kenya, seeking money to help with their children’s tuition fees, school supplies, and uniforms. The Passionist priests carefully screen each request. Hundreds of children are helped annually through these small monetary handouts made at the door. A small gift of $10, $20 or $50 can go a long way to preserve a family’s dignity and recognize their ability to help themselves when given the appropriate resources. Click here to make a donation.