Renovations at the S.P. Geddes Early Childhood Development Centre

Here is a letter that I have sent out today to friends and family of my 93 year old Dad.

Dear friends and family of S.P. Geddes,

As you may know, I have been very actively promoting infrastructure support in needy communities in East Africa through the CanAssist African Relief Trust. Dad’s example of being supportive of charitable work through the Alzheimer’s Society, CNIB and CanAssist has certainly provided an example to me of how sharing our good-fortune with others is not only a responsibility but a privilege.

Dad has generously been specifically sponsoring a small school in a rural lakeside village in Kenya called Osiri. Prior to Dad’s sponsorship through CanAssist, the small children in this community had no way of acquiring any early education as the nearest school was several kilometers away. This left young children without the basics and when they were eventually able to enter school they were behind and often dropped out.

Children outside the gate of the S.P. Geddes Early Childhood Development Centre in Kenya

Children outside the gate of the S.P. Geddes Early Childhood Development Centre in Kenya

Dad’s donations to CanAssist have allowed this small school to develop a fenced school-yard (the children are young who attend and supervision is important), latrines for the school and a two-classroom structure. Last year, the community named this school the S.P. Geddes Early Childhood Development Centre. Remarkably, one of

the children of the community, the grandson of one of the teachers, was also named Stewart Geddes and I was able to meet little “Geddes” last February. What a delight. You can read more about this encounter and see a brief video of the school in a blog article that I wrote when I visited the school in February  http:// wp.me/p2wvIq-oz.

The original three school classrooms, tin structures with dirt floors, are in poor repair. The school has asked CanAssist for financial support to cement the flooring (providing cleaner, more comfortable foundation to the classrooms and also helpful in reducing the Jigger problem that is made worse by dirt floors in a school)

See this success story of combating jiggers through CanAssist work in this short Youtube video

They have also requested money to provide some rudimentary classroom furnishings for the school. The cost of the renovations to improve safety and stability of the classrooms will be approximately $3400 Can and the school furnishings will cost about $1300.

One way or another, CanAssist has agreed to fund these improvements. Our ability to do this work, however, depends on donations to the CanAssist African Relief Trust. I know that Dad would be supportive again of this school but I am hoping that some of his friends and family will take his example of outgoing generosity to a small needy African community and share in supporting this CanAssist Project.

Donations over $25 are eligible for a Canadian Income Tax receipt and can be made by check to; The CanAssist African Relief Trust, 562 Sycamore Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7M7L8

OR you can donate right now securely online using a credit card at this direct Canada Helps link: http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=d95557

Be sure to specify with your donation that it is to be allocated to the SP Geddes school.

Thanks for considering this specific request and I know that both Dad and the S.P. Geddes Early Childhood Development Centre in Osiri Village, Kenya will greatly appreciate any support you can muster for this work. Please pass this on to anyone you think may find this an appealing request.

Cheers,

John

Little Stewart Geddes with a plaque acknowledging the contribution of his namesake to the school in Osiri Village Kenya.

Little Stewart Geddes with a plaque acknowledging the contribution of his namesake to the school in Osiri Village Kenya.

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