Entries by reason2s_keela

Update on University student Maureen Wairimu

As reported in a previous newsletter article and Facebook posts Maureen’s education has been sponsored since she began attending Jambo Jipya in second grade. Her excellent grades granted her admission to the nationally recognized Bahari Secondary Boarding school for girls in Kilifi County which was also funded by a generous donor with Reason2Smile. Since graduation […]

Construction Update

Due to our successful Giving Tuesday campaign this past November, Reason2Smile was able to address the structural damage that occurred because of the Kenya government paving the road in front of the Jambo Jipya School. While this was a much-needed improvement, there was no proper drainage, run off or sewer system included. The elevated cement […]

Engaging Cultural Diversity Through Music, Dance, Film, Food, and the Visual Arts

  Adirondack Global Arts Festival was created with the purpose of promoting culturally diverse arts programming in the Adirondacks.  The Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Reason 2 Smile, Adirondack Diversity Initiative, John Brown Lives and Adirondack Film Society have collaborated to bring this festival to the communities of the Adirondacks. The festival this year […]

Giving Reasons to Smile – November 2017 Fundraising Campaign

Giving Reasons to Smile – November 2017 Fundraising Campaign Reason2Smile has a had a busy and productive year. The Jambo Jipya school is thriving and many major improvements have been made.  The money raised from our successful 2016 Giving Tuesday campaign allowed for eight new bathrooms to be built, updates to made to the kitchen […]

Wall Repair Project

During this past year The Kenya government paved some the main side roads in the town of Mtwapa. One of these was the road that the Jambo Jipya school is on. While this is a much-needed improvement, there is no proper drainage, run off or sewer system in place. The elevated cement road has caused […]

Jambo Jipya gets a paint job

One of the projects this past month was to paint the classrooms and hallways at Jambo Jipya. This was a much needed endeavor, as the school was showing some wear and tear. The project was spear headed by Fisher Pamba, along with his team of the older boys from the Jambo Jipya children’s home. Fisher […]

Community Groups

Girls Scouts Ithaca NY Community Presbyterian Church – Merrick NY Temple Beth Am Brotherhood – Merrick NY

Presentations for the 2016-2017 School Year

Schools: Roland Chatterton Elementary – Merrick NY Old Mill Elementary – Merrick NY Harold D. Fayette School – Merrick NY Reinhard Elementary – Bellmore NY Riley Elementary School – Riverhead NY Ames 9th grade Annex – Massapequa NY Islip Middle School – Islip NY Sanford H. Calhoun HS – Merrick NY Keene Elementary School – Keene […]

A Jambo Jipya Board Member – Philip Beech

I met Phil at the Jambo Jipya orphanage in 2015 during my annual visit to Kenya. He is a member of Christine Mwende’s Jambo Jipya Board of Directors and visits the school and orphanage two to three times a year. We stay in touch through phone, email and social media and might see each this […]