CARMICHAEL, CA 95608 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 www.thevillagethatsmiled.info CARMICHAEL, CA 95608 THE VILLAGE THAT SMILED ™ www.thevillagethatsmiled.info February 2004 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.