After 333 days of giving I have had the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world. I have come to realize the challenges that so many organizations face to raise money for their charities.
One specific place is Africa.
Making a donation with one click through paypal is not always that simple. Due to tax rules and regulations many of the small organizations started by individuals that want to help this struggling nation have difficulty getting the funding they need.
This is the case with my friend Joe. His story is one of inspiration and courage of one individual that is trying to create great change in Kenya but the challenges are great and funding even less. Bringing awareness to the remarkable people that are stepping up to help so many is the least I can do to give back to the people of Kenya.
If Joseph can can have passion and commitment to make change in Kenya can’t we all have the courage to do something to change the world every day?
Who is Joe?
My name is Joseph Muinde. I grew up in a poor traditional family and learned the act of survival at a young age. I gained the virtues of tolerance, courage, resistance, patience and teamwork. I inherited from my late late father the values of hardwork, individual responsibility self-reliance, honesty, faith, respect for other people, kindness and sense of empathy.
My school life was a rough and dusty road. Lack of school tuition fees was the greatest obstacle that almost brought my career and dreams to a halt.
But I had a dream…
To change life amongst the poor.
To one day engage the marginalized rural communities in Africa including women, men and children.
To fight for justice, equity and their right to education.
To eradicate poverty.
After completing my education I realized that people in the rural areas in Kenya were still living in the same desperately poor conditions as before. Poverty levels had worsened and many children have dropped out of school due to lack of school fees. Children are becoming malnourished. People were dieing due to limited access of medicine. Water is a serious problem. Women walk long distances in search of clean drinking water. Children (especially girls) drop out of school in order to go searching for water. The situation of hunger and the extreme levels of illiteracy, poverty and suffering made me think!
I decided to start an NGO. The Muinde Kaviri Foundation aims at helping the marginalized communities to become self-reliant, to alleviate poverty and to economically empower the poor rural communities. We want to do capacity building and to educate the communities to acquire knowledge and skills in dealing with their economic problems.
Please take a moment to see our mission and help us to realize our dreams.