Graceworks President's Message
Dear Friend of Graceworks,
Summer is here again! And many of you are planning family getaways and other activities marking the end of yet another school year. We at Graceworks want to keep you updated on our progress and especially to thank you for your past and continued support. As you make plans for your summer, we are also asking you to please save the date for our Graceworks annual September celebration and fundraiser.
Look for more information as we get closer to the date. We are also in need of underwriting as well as auction items for the event. Please contact us by phone or email if you are able to help in these areas. We look forward to seeing you there, and please, invite your friends to come along!
Graceworks Program Updates
Graceworks continues with efforts to fulfill its mission of bringing hope to orphans and other vulnerable children both in Kenya Africa and right here in Orange County.
Graceworks Kenya, Africa
Graceworks averages 100 children annually enrolled in the program which is based in the rural community of Rwika. The children range in age from preschoolers to college age. Enrolled children receive assistance with school fees and supplies, medical care and emotional support.
Graceworks continues to grow its local programs by reaching out to vulnerable children here in the Orange County California area. Our current focus is on assisting children dealing with the trauma of abuse, neglect or abandonment by a parent and who are living with grandparents or other relatives in what is known as Kinship Foster Care. We provide linkages and resources for affected children and their caregivers in collaboration with other community based agencies and organizations to help this often underserved population.
Help us Continue Making a Difference
Sponsor A Child in Kenya:
$50 per month - $600 per year to sponsor a specific primary school child (Grade 1-8)
$100 per month - $1200 per year to sponsor a specific secondary school child (Grade 9-12)
*Preschool: $25 per month - $300 per year. The children also get food and other basics.
*College Fund: Give any amount to help support older youth pursuing higher education or a technical/vocational skill.
Other Ways You Can Help
Water borehole completion,
The water borehole drilling was a success. Some of the water is already being used for drinking and for planting fruit trees and food crops. To make more effective usage of the water, however, additional funds are needed to complete the borehole project including the purchase of a high-capacity pump and generator, and the building of a water tower and storage facilities. Estimated cost of project completion is $32,000.
Community Education Center, Rwika:
With the goal of eventual self-sustainability,Graceworks hopes to build a vocational and life skills education center on our 9-Acre plot in Rwika, Kenya. The program will provide additional support to our sponsored children as they age out and will be open to paying community members. Proposed programs at the center will include Community Health Education and Medical/ Dental Assistant training, Basic Computer Classes, Demonstration Farming, Arts and Craft making, and other classes. The goal is to enable participants become employable or self-employed. Funds for construction of classrooms and other facilities are needed.
Go on a Vision Trip to Kenya:
Come to Kenya with us and meet the kids we help. It will change your life --- and theirs.
Graceworks USA has no paid staff. We utilize volunteers for all our activities. Please contact us if you can help.
All of us at Graceworks wish you and your loved ones a fun and safe summer. We look forward to seeing you at our annual fundraiser/dinner on Sunday September 13, 2015. As always, we promise a colorful occasion with lots of fun for the whole family.
Special thanks to all who attended the event last year and helped us raise enough funds to add 11 new kids ranging in age from 6 to 14 years to the Kenya program!
(There are currently 25 children on the waitlist.)
Once again, we wish to thank you for your past and continued support.
We could not do it without you.
Dr. Susan Njemanze, Ed.D. Graceworks President.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to be involved in any of the projects above. Graceworks derives
support from partnering with individuals, churches, corporations, civic groups, and with other charitable organizations. All
To donate please send a check to: Graceworks, P.O. Box 1239, Anaheim, California, 92815. You can also give through the
website http://www.graceworkshopenet.org/help.html. To contact Graceworks by email send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who we are:
Graceworks is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization based in Orange County, California. The mission of Graceworks is to help break the cycle of poverty and despair for orphans and vulnerable children by providing broad-based support and educational opportunities. Our goal is to promote self-sufficient individuals and sustainable communities.
Every family faces a crisis of one kind or other during their lifetime. Fortunately, most families are able to weather the storm using available resources within themselves, their families or their communities. However, there are certain instances where the crisis leaves families devastated and unable to cope especially when it involves the death, absence or incapacity of a parent with young children. In such cases, the children are often the most vulnerable victims.
Graceworks has programs in Orange County California and in Kenya Africa that help children and families in crisis due to parental illness, death, incapacity or absence.
Why does Graceworks help HIV/AIDS Orphans and other vulnerable children in rural Kenya?
The HIV/AIDS pandemic has destroyed millions of families around the globe leaving many children orphaned and in crisis. The majority of these are in Sub-Saharan Africa where over 14 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In Kenya alone, there are an estimated 1.2 million HIV/AIDS orphans. The effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic coupled with poverty have particularly devastated children in rural communities as they are less likely to benefit from many assistance programs due to lack of accessibility. Rural families have therefore had to rely more heavily on extended family and kinship support. Unfortunately, the pandemic generates orphans so rapidly that those traditional safety-net structures are no longer able to cope. As a result, many affected children find themselves in desperate situations, usually with no one able to provide adequate care for them, leaving them with little chance for a hopeful future. Graceworks assists such children, giving them hope and changing their lives.