Be The Spark – Making Futures Bright

The past few weeks have been absolutely amazing thanks to our campaign for 2013 “Be The Spark”.

If you haven’t heard about this….where have you been???

“Be The Spark” is all about finding a way to make a difference. Finding that one small thing you can do that will spread and become a big flame to give our children brighter futures. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, there is something you can do that will impact on the lives of children at our partner projects.

Here are some examples of what has been going on:

– At Kandara Children’s Home, an intern from KIOF (Kenya Institute of Organic Farming) helped the children set up ten sack gardens to grow vegetables for the nursery school’s feeding programme

– When a student at Seed of Hope Nairobi lost his home and all the family’s belongings, his classmates decided to contribute money, clothes and household items to get him back on his feet

– The TACC Store in Nairobi donated all the tiles to floor the interior rooms in the St Andrews Baby Unit in Kandara and persuaded Kerai Trading Agencies to donate all the cement

– One of our board members held a coffee morning to raise funds to ensure two boys from Mbeere Children’s Home could enroll at secondary school

– A supporter in the UK asked for donations rather than gifts for her 60th birthday and raised over £600 (75,000ksh) for tools and seeds for our projects who are growing crops

– A Kenyan CEO/TV producer is putting her singing talents to good use to raise funds by performing at a concert in Nairobi

And then there was last week…….when a young lady called Ivory (@LaylaLestrange on Twitter) gave thousands of Kenyans on Twitter (#KOT) the perfect opportunity to Be The Spark. Ivory published an article in Spyce Magazine about the two boys from Mbeere Children’s Home (Patrick and Simon) who needed school fees to ensure they can complete their secondary education all the way through to Form 4. She started a campaign called #BeTheSparkWith100 asking people to donate 100Ksh (80p) towards Patrick and Simon’s school fees.

The response has been overwhelming!! Over 180 people have donated over 140,000Ksh (£1,120) so far. Donations have ranged from 100Ksh all the way through to 47,000Ksh and the feedback online has been wonderful with many people sharing the campaign and appreciating the initiative. One office even sacrificed breakfast and lunch in order to raise 30,000Ksh to help Patrick and Simon.

So now the question is….what are YOU going to do to Be The Spark?


By Kirsty

Kirsty is our Fundraising and Communications Officer and she joined Vision Africa as Fundraiser in 2008 after volunteering with the organisation for over one year. She is based full time in Kenya. Click here for full bio