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Sewing Angels
June 25, 2015 at 01:41 PM | by Megan Wilcken
Do angels sew? You bet they do.
Garissa Terrorist Attack
April 11, 2015 at 12:54 PM | by Rinda Hayes
It’s 5 AM. Still pitch dark in Kenya. The sun will begin its bold surge upward in...
July 3, 2014 at 10:58 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Having been firmly tied to life by two loving parents, it’s hard for me to imagine...
Education is . . .
July 6, 2014 at 03:38 PM | by Megan Wilcken
If you were asked to complete the sentence "Education is..." what would you say? Megan and Marilyn were...
A Mountain of Challenges - The Secondary Grads of 2013
July 2, 2014 at 11:24 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Could these young people ALL be Kenya Keys secondary graduates from just one year? It was hard...
Library Progress
July 6, 2014 at 05:40 PM | by Marilyn Lewis
Bumping along in our van through the African bush on the supposed 'short cut' between schools, there were...
If You Can Be All Shiny, Why Not?
July 3, 2014 at 11:44 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Seven years ago, my friend Natalie McCullough, in her wisdom, said that she wanted to sponsor one of...
Knowing and loving strangers across the world: Global Classroom.
July 6, 2014 at 04:41 PM | by Dorothy Winters
A few months later here I am on the other side of the world, three flights plus a 6 hour drive away from home and I am struck...
Meeting Of The Minds
July 3, 2014 at 11:40 PM | by Rinda Hayes
While in Kenya, we were living with Joseph and his wife Mwaka in their new home. On Saturday night he told...
"The Deeps of Learning"
July 3, 2014 at 11:36 PM | by Rinda Hayes
It was the day for us to interview some of sponsored students. I made sure I got to interview some...
The World Is Good. The World Is Bad.
July 3, 2014 at 11:33 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Good and Evil, age old bedmates, are starkly obvious in Africa. A simple story...
Mama Patience Gets a Singer
July 3, 2014 at 11:28 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Mama Patience, one of my closest friends, has inspired me for years. Though a grandmother like me, she is...
Number One In Her Own Division
July 02, 2014 at 11:19 PM | by Rinda Hayes
We'd watched the children, struggling but triumphant, overcome their various disabilities to...
Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway
July 02, 2014 at 11:14 PM | by Rinda Hayes
When I think of the 2014 team of interns, I'm reminded of a quote by Meg Cabot: "Courage is not the...
June 2014 - Rinda's Reflections and Ruminations
July 13, 2014 at 03:16 PM | by Rinda Hayes
After a 2 year absence, Rinda reflects on poignant moments of meaning during our 3 weeks' visit to our changing service area.
Look What One Motivated Child Can Do
January 13, 2014 at 06:16 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Immediately, upon hearing of the plight of a college student going hungry for lack of small pocket change, 12 year old Emma Kilgore decided to get to work....
Key Kenyans Come to America
December 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM | by RInda Hayes
“We are in Washington DC!”, I barely heard through my cell phone.
Highlights of my trip
October 2, 2012 at 09:39 PM | by Gabe Fasolino
A large crowd has gathered to celebrate the gift of education. Village elders, community members, parents, staff and students of the Ndohivyo...
A Tender Reminder
September 29, 2012 at 07:09 PM | by Gabe Fasolino
Gabe Fasolino tells of a walk he shared.
A Very Special Sewing School
September 29, 2012 at 06:53 PM | by
In a dark room with no windows, beautiful creations come forth. It is here that...
June 2012 - Rinda's Reflections and Ruminations (9)
June 08, 2012 at 10:56 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Rinda Hayes reflects on poignant moments of meaning during our last 3 weeks' visit to the bush of Kenya.
Travels with Bart
June 2, 2012 at 10:36 PM | by Liz Davidson
Bart’s first adventure was getting through airport security in Nairobi. The rest of our bags sailed right...
Out of the Bush - 2012
June 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Waves crashing. I watch. I breathe in the smell of the sea, after four and half grueling hours of...
La Liga! in Kenya
June 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM | by Marilyn Lewis
Everyone who knows our family knows that we are absolutely crazy about Spanish soccer - La Liga! We...
Kenyan Starfish
June 16, 2012 at 09:51 AM | by Marilyn Lewis
Stephen, a recent Kenya Keys sponsored student, graduated from Nairobi University with a degree in economics and statistics...
Not Your Typical Community Library
June 13, 2012 at 08:32 AM | by Marilyn Lewis
What do you think of when you picture a community library? If you...
June 2011 -- Rinda's Reflections and Ruminations (9)
June 08, 2011 at 05:53 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Director Rinda Hayes invites you to share some amazing experiences from the field.
The Mwakas
July 03, 2011 at 03:41 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Accompanying us was “little Mwaka”, a three year old girl that had become “big Mwaka’s sidekick...
"We Are the Future Leaders of Kenya"
June 25, 2011 at 07:07 AM | by Rinda Hayes
It started as a tiny thing, but fueled by hope, it began to take on a life of its own.
They Say It Better
June 08, 2011 at 07:22 PM | by Aliska Kilgore
Sponsored students' letters to their sponsors say so much...
Unlocking My Mind
June 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM | by Alisa Herbert
...these children that have such a strong desire for teachers, mentors and sponsors to unlock the door so...
Inspiring Principal
June 22, 2011 at 07:03 AM | by Megan Wilcken he waited and worked six years in order to enter secondary school...
Priceless Impact
June 22, 2011 at 06:19 AM | by Ken Wightman
As the students bade us a good bye and sang us farewell, it was a bittersweet time as...
Aids Orphanage
June 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM | by Megan Wilcken
They called it an office, but I am convinced it was an oven...
Leadership: Improving by the Hour
June 13, 2011 at 01:55 PM | by Peter Johnson
End of hour one: Three participants had arrived. We were expecting 26.
A Day in Egu
June 13, 2011 at 01:48 PM | by Peter Johnson
after enthusiastically inviting me to accompany him on his 5 mile commute by bicycle,...
Bulging Eyes
June 08, 2011 at 08:09 PM | by Maranda Kilgore
I taught a biology class the other day and the students piled in on the front row – no one wanted a back seat.
Where to Start?
June 08, 2011 at 08:00 PM | by Maranda Kilgore
Here he is, having to drop out of school because they cannot afford it and yet with a humble smile he...
Always Welcome
June 08, 2011 at 07:51 PM | by Lauren Eccles
He eagerly invited us to come into his hut and meet his family.
"Yes Sir, Yes Sir"
June 08, 2011 at 07:47 PM | by Sierra Ainge
The feeling that I had accomplished something - that I was truly teaching them, gave my whole body chills.
June 08, 2011 at 07:41 PM | by John Keiter
Last night a mosquito found the only place on my body that hadn't been...
June 08, 2011 at 07:35 PM | by Paige Keiter
...awe inspiring will to tolerate the worst and smile the whole way.
Not Your Usual Summer
September 15, 2010 at 11:28 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Ever since Jacob Shimkus was a little boy, he had dreamed...
More Information About Ndohivyo
September 15, 2010 at 07:47 AM | by Ndohivyo Commitee
We have been working to provide sponsorship for over 30 students now. To follow our efforts...
Fairy Festival - Best Event Ever!
September 12, 2010 at 05:21 PM | by Rinda Hayes
We weren't sure what to expect when we were...
A Huge Boon for the Girls of Samburu
August 15, 2010 at 06:33 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Today we received the best news we'd had in...
May 2010 -- Rinda's Reflections and Ruminations (8 Total)
June 08, 2010 at 12:46 AM | by Rinda Hayes
I will be sharing and updating my thoughts and feelings about the miraculous villages and peoples we continue to serve and work with.
Kenya Keys Is Making a Difference
June 14, 2010 at 12:43 AM | by Deborah Shimkus
We have been in Kenya just over a week and are overwhelmed by three things: the loving and open-hearted...
Doing What We Can
June 15, 2010 at 12:38 AM | by Aliska Kilgore
No matter how many times I am fortunate enough to come to Kenya, my amazement at this beautiful...
Africa Together
June 06, 2010 at 04:00 PM | by Alicia Richardson
I've had the unique opportunity to share this African experience with my daughter. I told her...
Forever Changed - Sharing Tears With Siuda
June 06, 2010 at 03:57 PM | by Maile Richardson
I've been told an experience like this will change you. I've never known...
First Impressions
June 06, 2010 at 03:53 PM | by Alicia Richardson
The Road to Bahakwenu Primary School breaks from the main thoroughfare of traffic and meanders...
Egu Love
June 02, 2010 at 03:22 PM | by John Hester
I am past the half-way point on my 17-day journey in Kenya with the non-profit...
Showered With Kindness
June 02, 2010 at 02:36 PM | by Kristy White
For as long as I can remember the American media generally portrays Africa in...
Where There Is Talent
June 02, 2010 at 02:28 PM | by Bryson White
I am amazed by the talent that exists here in Kenya. Everywhere I look...
What Is Poverty?
May 30, 2010 at 01:35 PM | by Robbie Tanner
It's a simple life. No McDonald's wrappers, wake to the rooster's...
Every Chance to Share
August 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM | by Ali Tanner
This week has been a blur of amazing events. But among all...
May 2009 -- Rinda's Reflections and Ruminations [16 total ]
June 02, 2009 at 10:55 AM | by Rinda Hayes
I will be adding short recollections of our time in Africa.
Aly's 2nd visit to Kenya
June 15, 2009 at 11:04 PM | by Aly Vislocky
I am just completing my 2nd trip to Kenya in one year. I feel so
Magale Classroom Project
October 01, 2008 at 12:17 PM | by Lakeridge High School
The Magale classroom project was the brainchild of '08 Lakeridge graduate, Shelley Marsee, in ...
There is no blessings in hurry hurry
June 9, 2009 at 04:42 PM | by Angie Waterfall
Africa does not run on a time schedule. I found their time management quite refreshing and embraced their simplicity of life.
A Children's Library Where there was none
May 31, 2009 at 10:36 PM | by Kelsey Edwards
...I was touched by the curiosity of the children who instantly surrounded me. Their faces glowed as every page was turned and their expressions were ever-changing with...
Aliska's Friend - Miriam
May 30, 2009 at 08:40 PM | by Aliska Kilgore
Miriam is a 17 year old girl in high school. The high school she attends is
An Amazing Month Comes to a Close
May 31, 2009 at 01:11 AM | by Rinda Hayes
Yesterday we said good bye to all 13 interns, as a most incredible experience in the bush came to
Toilet seats & water buckets
May 26, 2009 at 10:48 PM | by Rylan Hayes
My first engineering project came in the form of building a makeshift toilet
Group Photo With One Week to Go
May 25, 2009 at 11:26 PM | by Brent Hayes
It's hard to believe that we only have one more week to
Sara Tempest's First Week in Kenya
May 22, 2009 at 9:05 PM | by Sara Tempest
As I reflect on my first week in Africa, I am trying to wrap my head around all of
Back to the Bush - Midpoint Reflections
May 18, 2009 at 11:48 PM | by Rinda Hayes
It's strange to remember back to the planning of this trip, the imagining of the arrival of...
First Time for Everything
May 18, 2009 at 08:21 PM | by Josh Sato & Rylan Hayes
Jambo, habari asabuhi. Attention class, please fill in the blank. Its an
2nd Group of Interns welcome dinner
May 13, 2009 at 06:33 AM | by Brent Hayes
The second group of interns arrived and with only one of rest under their belts...
Teaching Art in the Bush of Africa
May 8, 2009 at 08:00 PM | by Shelley Rich
The sights and sounds of Kenya are colorful and brilliant! The humidity . . .
Dedication of Mackinnon Rd High School Classrooms
May 09, 2009 at 09:57 PM | by Rinda Hayes
Yesterday was tremendously rewarding as we saw the completed classrooms
One miracle begins our work
May 08, 2009 at 06:35 PM | by Brent Hayes
We can't do the work we are doing without Outside Help!
Interns - Team May 2009
April 27, 2009 at 10:45 AM | by Brent Hayes
Fourteen graduate student interns, with degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Social
Madison High School
April 27, 2009 at 04:59 PM | by Mataya McNeill - MHS senior
The Kenya Keys presentations at Madison High School have been extremely eye opening
Intern Workshop
March 10, 2009 at 8:00pm | by Brent Hayes
Training and Orientation for May '09 interns.
Dexter McCarty Middle School Presentation, Gresham OR
March 22, 2009 at 01:45 PM | by Rinda Hayes
One of the greatest joys is watching the change that happens in the minds and hearts of young people
Lakeridge High School Key Club Book Sale
March 20, 2009 at 03:11:33 PM | by Rinda Hayes
The final GREAT results are in!
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