Archive for June, 2017

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GAM WATER PROJECT 2017

Posted in Posts  by Editor on June 30th, 2017

COMMUNITY WATER PROJECT

KITUI COUNTY, EASTERN PROVINCE, KENYA

We have installed six 10,000 litre water tanks in 3 villages and purchased a Mitsubishi truck to deliver 10,000 litres of water to communities and businesses.  Profits will be used to support ongoing community projects.

WH Report Brief – June 2017

WATER TRUCK

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GAM STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2019

Posted in Posts  by Editor on June 1st, 2017

GAM Strategic Plan 2017

Graceland Africa Mission began work in Kenya in 2005. The founding directors were motivated to bring change and hope to Kenyans who were suffering under the relentless oppression of poverty. We believed that it was possible to affect change through strong respectful partnerships. Our goal was to provide not only financial support, but more importantly to provide leadership, training and education.

Graceland Africa Mission’s goals and objectives have been developed and modified over the course of the last twelve years. Extensive experience on the ground has helped us to increase our understanding of life in Kenya in urban and rural locations; from Mwingi on the edge of the eastern corridor to Amagoro on the western boarder with Uganda.

Our desire then is our desire now. We want to help Kenyans help themselves. We are not in Kenya to implement our programs, but rather we are there to help Kenyans implement their own solutions to the problems that they face.IMG_5235

We still believe in respectful partnerships that are based on transparency, trust, reliability and accountability. With the right partners, we can and have indeed achieved great change.

 

 

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2016 ANNUAL REPORT

Posted in Posts  by Editor on June 1st, 2017

GAM ANNUAL REPORT 2016

PRESIDENTS REPORT

Several years ago we worked at a primary school in a large slum in Nairobi. One day as we travelled to the school in a beat up matatu (minivan), a well-dresseed man struck up a conversation. Before we got off, he admonished us saying, “When you leave don’t just go home and forget these children. Your coming has given them great hope. Stay in touch or it will be too discouraging for them.” His emphatic plea indeed left a mark.

Over the last several years, I’ve watched the cautious optimism of the parents and children we support in our One for One Program, give way to confidence, pride, and excitement. They stand taller. They speak louder. They know that they have gained momentum and it is driving them forward. Our ongoing involvement has shaped and propelled their dreams.IMG_6451

Providing financial and technical support makes this possible. Requiring contribution and partnership produces accountability. Our role however goes beyond these things. The relationship itself matters. By forming a personal connection, by continuing to visit them, encourage them, meet with them, year after year we communicate value. Our financial support and operational methods are part of the equation, but as that man knew, the ongoing relationship itself is essential.

Our vision, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2016, is to empower Kenyans. In 2016, we launched Right to Be, a scholarship program for bright girls without financial support to continue their studies. In a few years we will see them graduate, obtain good jobs, and make an important contribution in their society. Without our help, they would still be sitting in the village, watching their futures vanish. An important part of this program is a mentorship component to connect the girls with role models in Canada and Kenya. We know that relationship empowers in a tangible way that goes beyond finances.

We are sincerely grateful for your continued investment in Kenyans, through Graceland Africa Mission. On the pages of this annual report you will see the impact that your funds have made and the many lives that have benefited. May you be encouraged to continue building relationships and empowering people.

Thank you for partnering with us. Diane Laakso