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Aneka Hewitt, Founder and Chairperson 
I am a student at the High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn, New York.  In August 2006, I visited the Mji Wa Salama Children’s Home for orphans in Kenya with a group of other students.  After growing up in the United States, the conditions that we came across seemed incredibly unreal.  The staff explained that often times they never know where the next meal for the children will come from and so they rely on the grace of God.  My feeling at the time was, ‘how can I come home to all my luxuries and forget about the children I met?’  It was impossible to forget.  So after returning to school in the fall of 2006, I decided to start an organization at school to raise funds for the Children’s Home.  The Mji Wa Salama Committee at the High School for Global Citizenship is named after the Mji Wa Salama Children’s home in Kenya.  Mji Wa Salama means ‘place of safety’ in Swahili and that is exactly what the children’s home is to all of the children who live there. 

The Mji Wa Salama Children’s Home itself is based in Mombassa, Kenya, a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Our Mji Wa Salama Committee is based at the High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn, New York.  As we continue to involve more people, we are hoping to expand to more children’s homes and educational organizations in Kenya that also need our help. 
Many problems face poor children in Mombassa, Kenya.  Many children don’t have medical care, clothing or shelter.  And, many children are orphans that don’t even have families to support their desire to go to school.  Some children might have been left by their families to take care of themselves.  Other might have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS or other serious illnesses.  Because schools are not free, for many of these children, school is just a dream.  Without enough food, clothing, shelter, medicine and other basic needs taken care of, they aren’t ready to learn even if they can go to school. 
The Mji Wa Salaam Children’s Home in Kenya serves over 50 orphaned children in the Mombassa area.  The Children’s Home takes these children in and provides clothing and food and shelter.  More than basic needs, the staff at the home offer love and care and activities for the children.  The home wants to provide all the things a family is supposed to provide so that children are happy, healthy and ready to learn.  Once this has happened, the home also funds scholarships for these students to go to school and helps purchase supplies for their classrooms. 
Every child in the children’s home had a different story of why they didn’t have a family to support them.  One baby, just a few months old, had been left orphaned by her family because they could not support her.  She was very sick when the Children’s Home found her.  Now she has a chance at a different life.
All grants made to us would go directly to the MWS Children’s Home in Mombassa, Kenya to help fund scholarships for students, purchase supplies for classrooms, and help feed and clothe the children who have no one else to support them. Funds will also help pay bills for medical care. In addition, money can go towards helping to make a nearby school bigger so they can have more students. 
The Mji Wa Salaam Committee at the High School for Global Citizenship is still very new and run by students, so some of the people we impact are our peers in our school.  We are teaching them about the reality for children in other parts of the world, so that we can get their help too.  I went around to classrooms to tell students about the Children’s Home and get their support.  Now everyone in my school knows about this orphanage and participates in our fundraisers, and in return, awareness of the project spread everywhere.
We can help you start an awareness campaign at your own school so you can tell your peers about the Mji Wa Salaam Children’s Home and all the issues facing children that don’t get to go to school.  By spreading the word, you can help us get more help and educate your friends and classmates too.
Name: Tené Howard
Title:  Youth Development Specialist, High School for Global Citizenship
Address: 883 Classon Avenue
              Brooklyn, NY 11225 
Phone:  718—230-6300, ext 3054
Fax: 718-230-6301
Best time to contact: 9am – 5pm 
Preferred method of contact: 9am – 5pm 
Name: Aneka Hewitt
Title:  Student, Chair of Mji Wa Salaam Committee at High School for Global Citizenship 
Phone:  718—230-6300, ext 3054
Fax: 718-230-6301
Best time to contact: 9am – 5pm 
Preferred method of contact: 9am – 5pm 

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