Flying Kites - School in Kenya / by Sarah


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Photo form Flying Kites fundraiser, Sarah Winchester

So I seem to have checked out of this blog for the summer.  Sorry.  I have been focusing on one or two clients, pulling together my catalogue of images for sale (available soon, I swear), and spending lots of time with the kids and the hubby at the beach.  Any beach.  Basically we are beach house whores.  If you invite us we will come.  :)

But on to more interesting matters.  My job as a photographer is wonderful.  I get to do what I love, make beautiful, and hopefully sometimes compelling images, but an added extra is that I get to meet some of the most interesting people, doing amazing things.  Enter Flying Kites.  This spring and early summer I did a few photo shoots for this non-profit, and their mission really drew me in.   Based out of Kenya and Boston, the Flying Kites organization runs a school, orphanage and large farm which provides food for the school and home.  In their words:

THE SCHOOL

At our site in Njabini, we run a primary school for orphaned and critically-poor students. We work in partnership with the Ministry of Education to offer the national Kenyan curriculum while supplementing it with international curricula to ensure that students have access to a wide-range of material, learning skills and techniques, a health program and all of the tools they will need to compete on a global stage.  

THE HOME

We provide high-quality care to orphaned children who had no safe alternative for care, in addition to vulnerable children who were removed from dangerous living circumstances. 

THE FARM

The majority of children who come to live at our home have previously suffered from ill health and malnutrition, and early efforts to combat stunting require a holistic approach to intervention. As part of our commitment to health and sustainability, we cultivate large farms on both of our Njabini sites to provide fresh produce for our home and school.   

And that is just the blurbs from the website.  You must go over to the site and check out more.   I was introduced to Flying Kites when the Executive Director, Leila Chambers asked me to do some head shots for their Boston based team.  She and her husband Mike, are both very kind, a little quiet at first, and completely unassuming for all the amazing work they do...I mean Mike has done multiple expeditions to Mt. Everest!  I also happily donated my time to photograph their fund raiser a few weeks ago and became more enamored with their cause.  They are working on buying an additional 4 acres adjacent to the school , which will allow both the school and the orpahanage to be completely food self-sufficient!  How amazing it that?!?!?!

Here are some photos from the school and farm from the Flying Kites Facebook page.

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Here are some of my photos from the fundraiser.  A great time, for a great cause.  I brought my husband along with me and we were both so moved we agreed to sponsor a student.  Kind of like the good old "sponsor a child."  Who can't contribute $30 a month?  I spend more at Starbucks in a month.  This is Joseph, whom we are sponsoring.

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Leila beaming about the school. 

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My hubby pledging a sponsorship.  I was photographing when the pledging was going on, but we totally had one of those telepathic conversations, communicating without speaking, and I was thinking, we MUST be apart of this, when I saw his hand shoot up from the corner of my eye.  

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Right now they are working on sponsorship for Brian.  They have about half of his scholarship raised, but if you are looking for a way to get involved this is a great and easy way, just click here for details.  Then you will be lured in and wanting to go and volunteer at the school and take a safari with them.  I am already plotting the time when we can do this...

Again, click here if you would like to get involved.  They even have a level as little at $12 a month.

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