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                                THE VILLAGE THAT SMILED™

                                www.thevillagethatsmiled.info                                                             February 2004



                           HANNAH FOLLOWS HER DRESS
                           TO ETHIOPIA

                           D
                                      uring the sum-                                     In April I will be going with my sister, Amelia to
                                      mer between                                      Ethiopia to do humanitarian service in the same
                                      fifth and sixth                                  village where the little girl lives that received my
                                      grade, I went to                                 dress. The village has no electricity, dirt-floored
                           the Wigginton’s house to                                    huts, and no wells or clean water in the river. We
                           learn to sew. Kate Wig-                                     will be working with the doctors in the medical tent
                           ginton’s Grandma Joan                                       washing babies, redressing them in new clothes,
                           taught Kelsy Walker,                                        disinfecting little children who have scabies, teach-
                           Kate, and I how to make                                     ing young girls how to use the treadle sewing ma-
                           t-shirt dresses. A t-shirt                                  chine, measuring heart rates using heart rate
                           dress is just a t-shirt with                                monitors of the girls who carry water 4 miles to
                           coordinating fabric at-
                           tached to it. We meas-
                           ured the material, gath-
                           ered it, and then at-
                           tached to the t-shirt. The t-shirts were sent to Africa,
                           specifically a small village in Ethiopia.
                                                          We sent our dresses
                                                       and included a laminated
                                                       card with pictures of us
                                                       sewing the dresses which
                                                       said, “From our Hands to
                                                       your Hands.” We received
                                                       pictures back from the
                                                       mother who gave the
                                                       dresses to the young girls      and from the river, and teaching mothers and
                                                       in the village.                 daughters how to use the solar showers. We are
                                                                                       also helping plant vegetable gardens at the village
EXPEDITION                                                                             school. My sister, Amelia and I both sewed bags for
                                                                                       education kits that went to the village.
SUPPLIES
                                                                                         We can only carry two seventy pound bags each
                              My mom went to the                                       which we will fill with 100 Coleman 5-gallon solar
                           village where my dress                                      showers, 500 infant scrub brushes, 500 terry cloth
                           was delivered. She                                          wash clothes, thread, and soap. The reason we are
Coleman Solar Showers
                           showed us pictures and                                      taking solar showers is that the girls and women
                           video of the humanitar-                                     carry water from the river in 3-5 gallon containers.
Wash Clothes
                           ian expedition. When I                                      With the 5-gallon solar showers to haul water, vil-
                           saw the pictures and                                        lagers could use the hot water for cleaning. We are
Hotel Soap & Shampoo
                           video I felt annoyed at                                     also requesting vegetable seeds. They have al-
                           first because my mom                                        ready planted 250 fruit trees.
Vegetable Seeds            showed them all the
                           time. We had people over and she kept showing it             Our website explains what our purpose and April
Infant scrub brushes       over and over and over. But when I saw the program          expedition are all about and how you can help us
                           about when Oprah went to Africa, then it was differ-        collect the things we need to make the village
Thread                     ent. Mom’s trip was just a mom thing…Oprah is bet-          smile.
                           ter and she is real.
Receiving Blankets, Boo-                                                               Hannah Harper, John Barrett Middle School
ties, Hats in Ziploc
Bag
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                           HUMANITARIAN EXPEDITION
                           TO ETHIOPIA
                           Where is the last place you would expect a Del                  Hannah and I are allowed two seventy pound
                           Campo sophomore to be going during Spring Break?             bags each which we will fill with 100 Coleman 5-
                           What is the last thing you would expect a Del Campo          gallon solar showers, 500 infant scrub brushes,
                           sophomore to be doing over Spring Break?                     500 terry cloth wash clothes, thread, and hotel




                           I
                                                                                        size soap and shampoo.. The reason we are taking
                               n April, my sister Hannah, an eighth grader at           solar showers is that the girls and women carry
                               Barrett, and I will be training mothers and daugh-       water from the river in 3-5 gallon containers. With
                               ters how to bathe babies using solar showers,            the 5-gallon solar showers to haul water, villagers
                               disinfecting little children who have scabies,           could use the hot water for cleaning and drinking.
                           teaching girls how to sew                                    We are also requesting vegetable seeds. They have
                           on a treadle machine,                                        already planted 250 fruit trees.
                           collecting heart rate data
                           on monitors, planting
                           seeds and watering gar-
                           dens, and delivering
                           books to the village
                           school in Kersa Illala,
                           Ethiopia. Hannah and I
                           sewed bags for education kits for Africa.


                                                                     The medical,
                                                                   health educa-
                                                                   tion, and hy-
                                                                   giene training
                                                                   expedition is
                                                                   part of another        Such a simple thing to carry water! Such a simple
                                                                   humanitarian         thing to plant a seed! Such a simple thing to sew
                                                                   outreach to          an education bag or a t-shirt dress. Such a simple
                                                                   the village          thing to teach a mother how to bath her baby using
EXPEDITION
                           where my friends, the Kennard family adopted four            a solar shower. But what a difference!
SUPPLIES                   of their six Ethiopian orphans in 1994. The Kennards
                           already had six children of their own. The Kennards           Our website explains our purpose and need for
                           returned to Ethiopia in 1999 with their adopted chil-        donated supplies. When we return we will share
                           dren. It was then they adopted the entire village and        our experiences with students at both Del Campo
Coleman Solar Showers      have committed to return several times a year to             and Barrett.
                           establish and “expand humanitarian operations and
Wash Clothes               sustainable development initiatives in as many vil-          Amelia Harper
                           lages as can be reached in a lifetime”.                      Del Campo High School
Hotel Soap & Shampoo
                                                                                        Fair Oaks, California
                              Kersa Illala has no electricity. The thatched huts
                           have only dirt floors. Families have a single fire circle
Vegetable Seeds
                           inside the hut for cooking the little they have to eat..
                           The school classrooms have dirt floors and open
Infant scrub brushes       windows. The girls and women draw water for the
                           nearly 8,000 villagers from the river because the
Thread                     village wells were filled with dirt when the commu-
                           nists took over Ethiopia.
Receiving Blankets, Boo-
ties, Hats in Ziploc


                                www.thevillagethatsmiled.info
Bag
The Kennard Story: It Takes A Family To Raise A Village
A Utah Family Adopts Six Ethiopian Orphans
By DeAnna Kennard

                                              In August 1994, our family welcomed four orphaned
                                            children from Ethiopia: Alemitu, age 5, her brother,
                                            Merga, age 7, and two from another family, Helen,
                                            age 7, and Kidist, age 9. Our six older children were
                                            married, with the exception of the youngest, Matthew,
                                            who was 15. We had four grandchildren as well. The
                                            following year we were able to bring the older sister
                                            and brother of Ali and Merga to our home, Shumba,
                                            age 10, and Bedane, age 11.

                                                To say that the change in our lives was exciting as
well as challenging is a gross understatement! Each new day was like Christmas Eve to the children
who had never experienced even the simplest conveniences that we in the United States expect as
being necessitates, and our brains devised many mind twisting ways to teach and prepare our
energetic children to adapt to their new lives.

  One important rule we learned quickly was to go easy on the sugar until their tummies were used
to its spurt of instant energy! Because none of the children had previously received formal
schooling, many hours were spent each evening tutoring and helping them to catch up to grade
level. Thankfully, their quick young minds learned English within four months.

  Through the love and support of our older children, teachers, and of course God, we all survived
the first two years, and have truly bonded as a complete family. Each child is precious to us, as
beloved as the ones I have actually given birth to, and we will be forever grateful to their
surviving Ethiopian families for trusting us with these children. We know that they had parents who
loved them before they came to us because they have been completely able to accept and return
our love.

   In October 1999, we were fortunate to take all six
children plus Matthew back to Ethiopia for a two-week
visit. My husband, Lon had actually been twice before,
but this was the first experience for Matthew and me and
we were in shock the entire trip. The visit yielded very
few photos of me where I am not crying and of Mathew
where he is not staring with eyes as big as saucers.

  We came home completely changed from our
experience, definitely grateful for our many blessings,
and knew that we could never live our lives, "fat, dumb,
and happy". I had never even imagined that humans could endure such a pitiful existence. I
thought is impossible for anyone, especially babies and children to survive day after day, year
after year, in filth, hunger, cold, disease, illness, and rags. I prayed night and day that I would be
shown the way to help relieve even one tiny element of the suffering of the humble people with
whom I had fallen so completely in love.

  It was not more than a few weeks until my earnest prayers were answered for my husband and
I met a man by the name of Timothy Evans who served more than twenty years in humanitarian
efforts, and had experienced the success of helping alleviate suffering in many countries. After
accompanying Lon and I the village of Kersa Illala, where four of our children were born, at the
sight of deep hopelessness and depravation, Tim said that he would indeed help us to accomplish
goals in teaching the people in five areas:

        Maternal Education
        Water and Sanitation
        Health and Hygiene
        Gardening
        Education
        Finances Micro-enterprise

  We have many trips to Ethiopia since our initial visit. Each time we have been accompanied by
groups of unselfish and loving people who have given of their time, talents and finances to bring
hope and instruction to the villagers. We have helped plant nutritious family gardens, planted 250
fruit trees, begun micro enterprise groups, provided treadle sewing machines. Medical teams have
treated untold hundreds of illnesses, parasites, infections, malnourishment and other medical
problems.

  Goats have been provided for those with the greatest need and several families have
consented to care for homeless orphans in exchange for a goat. Over 2000 children have
received school kits. Plans for an addition to the existing school in Kersa Illala will become a
reality as soon as sufficient funds are raised.

  Smokeless stoves and latrines have been constructed because of lessons on basic hygiene. One
lady gratefully acknowledged a bar of soap provided in a hygiene kit. She expressed that she
had not had a bar of soap for over a year.

  Women's groups have been organized and faithfully meet each Tuesday to discuss their
problems and successes, thereby helping each other. We have instructed the school children in the
importance of working together to help the village 'smile' and we are teaching HIV/AIDS
prevention lessons.

   The most important and exciting achievement will come
when we have provided clean water to each person in the
village. Clean water access will make the greatest change in
life for these people. Until clean water becomes available,
the people will continue to suffer the hazards of putrid water,
hand-hauled by women and children, four times a day from
a distance of one to two miles. Soon the people will not have
to share the river water with the animals and parasites, as
they bathe and wash laundry!

  Perhaps someday soon, we will be able to go to other villages to help eliminate the suffering of
others. All of these goals are achieved through the contributions of so many kind people who are
willing to help in any way possible. No donation of talent or one is too small. It takes money and
helping hands to give. We are constructing a VILLAGE OF HOPE for those who a few years ago
were truly hopeless.

DeAnna Kennard
                       The Village That Smiled™
                       In-Kind Donation Form
                       April 2004 Humanitarian Expedition




Project Clean W.A.T.E.R.
      Coleman Camping Showers (Solar) Available at Target @ $5.99
      Infant Brushes
      Terrycloth hygiene bags
      Soap

We All Treasure Every Raindrop

Scrubs       (used)
      To be worn in the clinic and then remain in the clinic for use after
      expedition

Infant Kits
      Receiving blankets
      Booties
      Hat
      Onesie
      In one gallon ziplock bag


Travel April 2004 Humanitarian Expedition
   Frequent Flyer Tickets


Well Project            for Kersa Illala, Ethiopia
      Tax-deductible donations can be sent to
      Mothers Without Borders, a non-profit organization

Monetary donations:
  Check the project you want your donation to support payable to
  The Village That Smiled™
                                                                                      4924 DEWEY DRIVE
                                                                                      FAIR OAKS, CA 95628



                                            W I L L                   RO G E R S
                                            P R ES S              RE LE ASE
                                            A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER                                               December 4, 2003



SUPERINTENDENT JOINS STUDENTS IN
A DAY I N AFR I CA CE LEBRAT I O N
Superintendent General
Davies, Jr. visits Will
Rogers, December 4th to
participate in our annual
‘A Day in Africa’ pro-
gram. Julius and Maxine
Njui educate students
about Africa through sto-
rytelling, dance, authentic
artifacts, visual media,
while transforming class-
rooms to look and feel
like real Africa for a
day.




 SERVICE
 LEARNING
 PROJECTS                             STUDENTS SEW 300 BAGS FOR AFRICA
 •   Provide an opportunity for
     students to serve                        In May 2003, the Will Rogers PTC launched another service learning project for
                                      students inspired by the program, ‘A Day in Africa’. Seventh and eighth graders worked
 •   Students experience a change     with teachers to sew 300 bags for education kits. During last year's budget crisis, Will
     of heart
                                      Rogers Middle School students were thinking of others who attend school without supplies.
 •   Community involvement en-        Teachers worked side by side with students to sew the bags
     courages learning                bound for African schools.
 •   300 Education Kits for African           The project culminated in the media center when par-
     schools
                                      ents, grandparents and community volunteers came together
 •   Community volunteers inspire
                                      to sew the remaining bags for the 300 education kits ear-
     students                         marked for African village schools. Students filled bags with
                                      donated school supplies: spiral notebooks, rulers, chalk
 •   Bags to Africa promote global
     education
                                      boards, chalk, erasers, sharpeners, pencils, and a personal-
                                      ized note in the spirit educating the global community.
                                                                                      4924 DEWEY DRIVE
                                                                                      FAIR OAKS, CA 95628



                                            W I L L                   RO G E R S
                                            P R ES S              RE LE ASE
                                            A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER                                               December 5, 2003



                                      LEE NEGRI JOINS STUDENTS IN
                                      A DAY IN AFRICA CE LEBRATI ON
Lee Negri, Director of San
Juan Unified Middle
Schools visits Will Rogers,
December 5th to partici-
pate in our annual ‘A Day
in Africa’ program. Julius
and Maxine Njui educate
students about Africa
through storytelling, dance,
song, authentic artifacts,
visual media, while trans-
forming classrooms to look
and feel like real Africa for
a day.




                                       STUDENTS SEW 300
 SERVICE
 LEARNING
                                       BAGS FOR AFRICA
 PROJECTS
 •   Provide an opportunity for
     students to serve                        In May 2003, the Will Rogers PTC launched another service learning project for
                                      students inspired by the program, ‘A Day in Africa’. Seventh and eighth graders worked
 •   Students experience a change     with teachers to sew 300 bags for education kits. During last year's budget crisis, Will
     of heart
                                      Rogers Middle School students were thinking of others who attend school without supplies.
 •   Community involvement en-        Teachers worked side by side with students to sew the bags
     courages learning                bound for African schools.
 •   300 Education Kits for African           The project culminated in the media center when par-
     schools
                                      ents, grandparents and community volunteers came together
 •   Community volunteers inspire
                                      to sew the remaining bags for the 300 education kits ear-
     students                         marked for African village schools. Students filled bags with
                                      donated school supplies: spiral notebooks, rulers, chalk
 •   Bags to Africa promote global
     education
                                      boards, chalk, erasers, sharpeners, pencils, and a personal-
                                      ized note to each recipient.
Will Rogers Middle School
Press Release
October 17, 2003

VILLAGE FOR VILLAGE CHALLENGE
http://www.sanjuan.edu/schools/rogers/character



Nearly 150 students representing over 25
nations participated in The Village for Village
Challenge. Students carried water from the
American River to Fair Oaks Village as a symbol of their support for the condition
                                  of students who carry water instead of being
                                  able to attend school in Kersa Illala, a small
                                  village in Ethiopia.

                                 The Village for Village Challenge is another
                                 example of how Will Rogers Middle School
                                 students have exhibited character and concern
                                 for those who live in abject poverty in Ethiopian
                                 and other African villages. Last year students
                                 and teachers made and assembled over 300
education kits, which were subsequently donated, to three organizations. Our
students have heard their cries for school supplies and readily available potable
water.

In Ethiopia, the quality of life depends on the quality of water. As teachers, our
hope is that each student appreciates how the quality of life here depends on the
quality of education.

Teachers and parent volunteers provided the transportation to and from the
school to Fair Oaks Village Park.

The Village for Village Challenge was in conjunction with the Character Challenge
Assembly featuring Helen Klein, the 80 year-old woman who competes in ultra-
distant, multi-sport events. As a coach of middle school track team, Helen knows
exactly how to challenge students to set their expectations high and accomplish
personal goals.
                                                                          4924 DEWEY DRIVE
                                                                          FAIR OAKS, CA 95628



                                   W I L L                   RO G E R S
                                   P R ES S              RE LE ASE
                                   A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER                                        December 2003



                               INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
                               COME TO WILL ROGERS
‘The world is our campus’
defines the portals
through which our stu-
dents enter at Will Rogers
Middle School. With over
30 countries and lan-
guages represented in our
student body population,
international education
occurs on a daily basis.
We are a campus without
borders. Student learning
occurs against a backdrop
of international flavor.




 FLAGS FLY,                  3 0 N AT I O NA L F L AG S
 FURL, &
 FLUTTER
                             F U R L AT W I LL RO G ER S
 Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan,        Students thank Mr. Neil Anderson for his
 Belarus, Canada, Russia,    generous donation on behalf of his father,
 Bosnia, Romania, Hun-
 gary, Mexico, Kazakh-
                             Calvin Anderson, a life-long educator and
 stan, Bosnia, Uzbekistan,   school board member. Mr. Anderson's do-
 Korea, Argentina, Iran,
                             nation made possible the purchase of over
 Croatia, India, Lebanon,
 Somalia, Afghanistan,       30 national flags.
 Kosovo, Moldova, Taiwan,
 Pakistan, Vietnam, Costa    International students plan to carry their
 Rica, Peru, El Salvador,    colors in an Assembly of Nations after
 Syria, Ecuador, United
 States                      which the flags will hang in the multipur-
                             pose room representing our students’
                             countries of origin.
                                                                                              4924 DEWEY DRIVE
                                                                                              FAIR OAKS, CA 95628


                                          W I LL                  RO G E R S
                                          P R E SS                             R E L E A S E
                                          A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER                                                     OCTOBER 2003


                                        HELEN KLEIN CHALLENGES STUDENTS
                                        TO DEDICATION, DETERMINATION AND DISCIPLINE
  ECHO CHALLENGE

                                          Helen Klein: Mother, grand-
  • Canyoneering                          mother, and great-grand-
                                          mother, loves to cook, knit, and
  • White Water Rafting
                                          coach middle school students
  • Horseback Riding
                                          and loves to be active!

                                           Helen Klein, 80 year old, ultra-
  • Rock Climbing
                                          distant athlete addressed stu-
  • Canoeing                              dents in our first Character
                                          Challenge Assembly challeng-
  • Mountain biking                       ing them to apply dedication,
                                          determination and discipline to
                                          be successful. She shared her
                                          experience with the Echo Chal-
                                          lenge, a 9 day, 4 hour, and 5
                                          minute, multi-sport event, in
                                          Moab, Utah. Dateline featured
                                          Helen over the nine day ordeal
                                          and Helen shared the pre-
                                                                                 Currently Helen is training
                                          recorded tape with us.
Helen with teacher, Candace Hearn,                                              for the Helen Klein Race on
both completed the Western States 100      Helen says, "As long as I am         November 8th, a 30 kilome-
Mile Endurance Race
                                          mobile, I will be physical until I    ter, 50 kilometer, or 50 miles
                                          leave this earth.                     race.
  HELEN’S        TRIUMPHS




  •   Ultra-distant runner
                                        BETH RUYAK CHANNEL 31 VISITS WILL ROGERS STUDENTS
  •   Runs races beginning at 1
      mile to 100 miles
                                          Sacramento’s own Channel 31
  •   Marathons (26.2 miles) 63           personality, Beth Ruyak intro-
  •   Longer distances 138
                                          duced 80 year-old Helen Klein
                                          to students at Will Rogers. Beth
  •   Run on all continents ex-
      cept Antarctica                     highlighted Helen’s accomplish-
  •   Torch bearer for the 2002
                                          ments and triumphs. Channel
      Olympic Torch Relay                 31 will follow-up with special
  •   In Africa, she ran 143 miles        news coverage of Helen’s up-
      across the Sahara desert at         coming event, The Helen Klein
      age 72
                                          Classic.

				
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