Entries by reason2s_keela

The Jambo Jipya Children’s home has moved

During the fall the Jambo Jipya children’s home moved to a new location. The former home was being neglected by the landlord although numerous complaints were made. Then the landlord opened a late night café/store in front of the home and infringed on the home’s property. This situation was not safe, secure or in the […]

Shopping with Amazon Smile all year long

In December Reason2Smile registered with Amazon Smile which donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Please support Reason2Smile by using the smile.amazon.com link every time you shop on Amazon. The smile.amazon.com link does not appear on the regular Amazon page. Update your favorites and then Reason2Smile benefits all year […]

Update on Giving Tuesday Capital Improvement Projects

The Jambo Jipya School is getting an update of bathrooms, wall repair and new desks. The bathroom construction began during the month of December while the school was closed for holiday recess. The new metal desks have also been constructed during this -me and most are in classrooms for the start of 2017 school year. […]

World Music Festival 2017

The 5th Annual World Music Festival benefiting Reason2Smile will be held at The Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, NY on Saturday March 4, 2017 The festival is a celebration of multiple and diverse forms of art and music in order to immerse the rural community of northern NY in the culture of various groups […]

Mr. Wilson

Mr. Wilson is the teacher in charge at the Jambo Jipya primary school (preK-grade8). He is a dedicated individual who motivates his fellow teachers by example. His leadership abilities strengthen the educational program at Jambo Jipya fostering student achievement. Mr. Wilson has been working at the school for quite a while and has been instrumental […]


Mourine W is a former Jambo Jipya student who received top scores on the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education Exam. This gained her admission to the Bahari Girls Secondary school in Kilifi County, Kenya. Bahari Girls Secondary School is a nationally recognized girls boarding school by the Kenyan government and has a total enrollment of 363 students and 20 teaching […]

Sponsoring Fikirini K.

  Thank you for sponsoring: Fikirini K. -a male -about 16 years old -lives in Mtwapa, Kenya -attends Class 8 at Jambo Jipya Academy -great smile -extremely kind and caring Fikirini’s father is no longer around and his mother has passed away. He now lives with his grandmother along with his older sister. Since Fikirini’s grandmother […]

Giving Tuesday Campaign 2016

What is Giving Tuesday? For the purposes of activism #GivingTuesday refers the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season and a response to the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This will be Reason2Smile’s third year participating in the #Giving Tuesday campaign which falls […]

Emmanuel Jal’s trip to the Jambo Jipya School in Mtwapa, Kenya

On August 5 the students of the Jambo Jipya school had the privilege of hearing guest speaker Emmanuel Jal. Jal’s unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation that was born out of his experiences as a child soldier in the Sudan has won worldwide acclaim. Emmanuel is a powerful advocate […]