FOHLC Top 10 finalist for international honor

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FOHLC causesKiambu County CBO Gets international Recognition. Fountain of Hope Youth Initiative is between the Top 10 finalist for this international honor.

Fountain of Hope Youth Initiative (FOHYI) was recently selected as one of the top 10 finalists for 2010 Out of the Box Prize, honoring “innovative approaches to promoting community health and development worldwide.”

The first prize winner will be awarded $5,000 and a free customized WorkStation; the second prize winner will receive $2,000 and a WorkStation.

Fountain of hope Youth Initiative is a charitable organization founded by youths from diverse ethnic backgrounds and mixed gender in Kiambu county. FOHYI was founded in 2003 and is registered by Kenyan government under Ministry of Gender, Culture & Social Services as a Community Based Organization.  Fountain of hope gives psychosocial support to orphans, widows, people living with HIV/Aids and the poor. FOHYI is active in the campaign against the further spread of new HIV/Aids infections as well as fighting for the rights of vulnerable persons in the society. FOHYI is planning to upgrade to a national NGO shortly and operate under the name of Fountain of Hope & Life Global.

The nine other finalists were chosen from among 309 applicants from 42 countries. Fellow finalists include one different from Kenya – Called Uhuru Child from Rift Valley, – three from the USA,  two from India, one from the Philippines, one from Malawi, and one worldwide initiative.

Out of the Box is sponsored by Community Toolbox, an organization based in Lawrence, Kan., that provides resources for community-building groups around the world.

We were deeply moved by the stories we received from around the world. It is evident that there is an abundance of good work being done to improve community health and well-being of needy children and the poor  (in Kiambu County). Members of this initiative should be extraordinarily proud of their efforts.

~ Christina Holt, associate director for Community Tool Box Services

Sanitary Towels Project to Girls Orphaned by AIDS/Girls in Extreme Poverty & Education Support to Children Infected/Affected by HIV/AIDS is a program of Fountain of Hope Youth Initiative (FOHYI). James N. Waruiru, project director, expressed profound gratitude to Community Toolbox for their recognition.

The Out of the Box Award is an opportunity for FOHYI to share its success story with the world. It highlights the fact that we have done excellent work from a very humble beginning with very minute resources.

~ James Waruiru

He attributes the success of the initiative to the dedication of its small team of members who generously volunteer their time and efforts to foster quality life to the needy especially children affected by HIV/Aids.  FOHYI also gives credits to its success to its primary donor Joup & Jitske Van Bigbergen thorough their Owili Project- the Netherlands and the government agencies, primarily through the office of District Commissioner Kiambu East and individual recognition, go to Mr. Kimathi the DC Kiambu East.

The sad news is Jitske Van Bigsbergen – Brouwer who was doing all fundraising can not join FOH celebrating the success because she died of cancer on 1st December and now the fate of the project hangs in the air. FOH is optimistic new wellwishers will come on board to rescue the project.

Our organization values people from diverse backgrounds, working to create an open atmosphere of trust, honesty, and respect. Harassment or discrimination of any kind – including that involving tribe, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship, disabilities, or any other similarly protected status – is unacceptable. FOHYI strives to fulfill God’s instructions as written in Holy Bible James 1:27,  Pure and undefined religion before* God the Father* is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

~ James Waruiru

People are encouraged to read the submission of the FOHYI and submit their online vote for the initiative until January 31 at http://ctb.ku.edu/en/out_of_the_box/finalists/finalist9.aspx

Click on the “Vote” tab in the lower left corner to place your vote.

REPORT COMPILED BY:

  • Kiarie Ranji
  • Kiambu County Express
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