Hamisi (in white cap), Boniface (holding small girl)
Click here to listen to a radio interview of Diane talking about Northern Magic's experiences in Africa. (requires RealOne Player)
For more photos of Boniface, Hamisi and their families, click here.
a difference, one person at a time
The main purpose of this project is
to provide tuition fees for students, and to help establish small businesses, to
provide additional income to poor families.
In our view, there can be no progress in solving Africaís many problems
if the population does not have a minimum standard of education.
The project consists of a number of sub-projects, which are growing all the time.
School fees for Boniface Kitsao
and his family, Kilifi, Kenya
Starting in 2000,
we began paying the high school fees for Boniface Kitsao (approximately $500 per
year, not including uniform, books and supplies), so that he could attend high
school. Boniface is one of Andrew Thuvaís younger brothers, and his ambition
is to become an engineer. Beginning in 2002, we began supporting Bonifaceís
brother, Katana, as well. In 2003, we have committed to sponsor at least 25. With your help, we can do it! Click here for
more information on this project.
Majaoni Primary School Twinning and Tuition Project, Kilifi, Kenya
We are now in the process of linking up Canadian schools to this needy primary school in Kilifi, Kenya. There are more than 40 children at this
school who need help with their school fees of only $35 per year, and the school itself is in desperate need of desks and repairs, including a new
roof. We need your help in bringing this school to a minimal standard and supporting the young children who need basic education. Click here to find
High School Tuition Project, Kilifi, Kenya
In 2002 we began paying
the high school tuition fees for 12 students at Majaoni Secondary School in
Kilifi, Kenya. These are all top scholars who were about to drop out of school,
or who had already dropped out of school, for lack of money to pay the school
fees. In 2003, we have committed to sponsor at least 25. With your help, we can do it!
here for more information on this project.
Hadley Junior High School twinning project
Hadley Junior High School in Hull, Quebec, has joined the Northern Magic adventure by raising funds for a counterpart school in Kenya. Using funds raised from a craft and bake sale, a talent show, and sales of Shark Tooth Jewellery by
Hamisi, they're going to be purchasing much-needed supplies for an elementary school in
Kilifi, Kenya. More updates on this wonderful project are coming soon! Click
here for more information on this project.
Thuva Magic Hair Salon Project, Mtwapa, Kenya
In 2000 we paid the
cost of Mark Thuva (another of Andrewís brothers) to attend a post-secondary
hair stylist course. He completed the course in 2001. At the same time, an
Ottawa hair salon owner, Karen Sharp, of Charlyís Hair Design, began
allocating all her salonís profits from the first Tuesday of each month for
the purpose of Mark receiving the financing necessary to establish his own salon
in Kenya. In August, 2002, we supplied Mark with a low-interest loan to
establish his business. Click here for more
information on how this project is progressing.
Dairy Cow Project, Kilifi, Kenya
the primary focus of our overall project was in education, in the case of Hamisi
Mwandoro, education was not a viable option. We therefore, in consultation with
Plan International (Foster Parentís Plan) decided to purchase him a dairy cow.
We have some good news about Hamisiís growing herd; click
here for more details.
The Shark Tooth Jewelry Project, Kilifi, Kenya
helped establish a micro-business turning
shark tooth fossils into beautiful beaded necklaces and earrings for Boniface
and Hamisi and their families to sell. Weíve recently received a limited
number of beautiful shark tooth necklaces, made by Hamisi, which we are offering
for sale in Canada. The income Hamisi will earn from just 50 necklaces is the
equivalent of a man working full time for six months in a sisal field. Click here
for more information on this project.
Thuva Surgery Project, Kilifi, Kenya
and Andrewís father, Kitsao, required life-saving surgery to remove a growing
tumour from his prostate gland. Thanks to the generosity of two Ottawa families,
Kitsao was able to have that surgery. Click
here for more information.
Vinani Education Project, Kilifi, Kenya
Following the publication of the story of Northern Magic in Readerís
Digest (August 2002), a number of generous Canadians came forward with
offers to help those in need in Kenya. One of those donors, from Newfoundland,
will be funding a young Kenyan boy, Vinani, and his brother, to go to elementary
school. Their family is even too poor to provide this most basic level of
education for these children. Click here to
find out more.
Andrew Thuva, of Kilifi, Kenya, is our main point of contact for our Kenya projects. Heís an extraordinary person, a real-life hero whose unselfish dedication to the education of his family caused us to become involved as well. Heís also a gifted writer whose articles have been published in the Ottawa Citizen. He works at a hotel near the one that was bombed in November, 2002 by terrorists. Click here to read his account of the bombing, and more.
you can help
If you would like participate in any one of these projects, you can send a donation payable to the Northern Magic Fund for International Development, at the following address:
565 Brookridge Cr.
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are in the process of setting up
as a charitable non-profit organization, but the paperwork has not been approved
yet. In the meantime, we continue to raise funds and sponsor additional children
to attend school. If funds permit, we hope to begin providing much-needed
supplies to needy Kenyan schools as well.
If receiving a tax receipt for your
donation is critical for you, since we canít do this at the moment, we would
like to suggest that you consider supporting Foster Parentís Plan. While in
Kilifi, we spent a great deal of time with their staff there, visiting their
projects and discussing the ways they were making a real difference in the lives
of villagers. Our family has supported children through Foster Parentís plan
continuously for more than 20 years, and we give them our wholehearted
recommendation. Click here to read reports on our visits to their
visit the Foster Parentís Plan website here. http://www.fosterparentsplan.ca/DisplayPage.asp?PageID=HP
It is possible to ask Foster Parentís Plan for a foster child right in Kilifi, Kenya, in some of the same villages we visited. Your contribution to the lives of these children will make a crucial difference in their lives. So if you donít want to join in our effort, please consider supporting the great work of Foster Parentís Plan, in Kenya or other places.
may not be possible for us to solve the world's problems, but we can make a real
difference in the lives of many people, who have not had the incredible
opportunities we in the Western world have had. We hope you'll want to join in
and make a difference too. Thank you!"
July 24, 2002
Dear Herbert and Diane;
Like thousands of others, I have just read your story in Reader's Digest and the tears are still flowing. I wasn't going to read it but am very glad I did!
I just bought my first home (condo) and was going to buy a big comfy chair but I think my money is better spent by sponsoring a year of schooling for a student in Kenya. Please find enclosed a cheque for $500.00. Both my father, Dean, and his sister, Marion, passed away in the past three months and I would like to make this donation in their memory. Dad was a sailor on the Great Lakes before he and my mom started their family and he would have loved reading your story.
I wish you continued success with your projects and hope to be able to contribute again next year.
Boniface and Hamisi Project Reports
Sixteenth report - February, 2005
Fifteenth report - January, 2005
Fourteenth report - December, 2004
Thirteenth report - November 26, 2004
Twelfth report - August 18, 2003
report - December 17, 2002
report - September 11, 2002
Ninth report - June 17, 2002
report - November 2, 2001
report - May 26, 2001
report - February 14, 2001
report - December 14, 2000
report - October 14, 2000
report - September 16, 2000
report - September 8, 2000
report - September 3, 2000
Story - November 12, 2000