When we delivered lights to the family pictured here, we were invited into their 6'x8' shack to see where they live each day under the sprawling heat of the dump site. Words cannot describe their living environment.
We believe in the following three things: Every light tells a story; everyone deserves a chance, and everyone is entitled to be the best person they can be in life .
Even though this school is located in a very dark and dangerous place, cheers of joy, laughter and love can often be heard from within this courtyard.
We believe in the following three things: Every light tells a story. Everyone deserves a chance. And everyone is entitled to be the best person they can be in life .
Despite their everyday struggles and hardships to survive, I have never experienced such joy and happiness as I did with these children and teachers at Kinyago-Dandora.
Dandora01 Dandora Alley
Often, the alleys of Dandora are lined with rows and rows of recently hand-washed clothes. I now look at my washer and dryer in a completely different fashion.
Kenya Children’s Fund and Watts of Love both strive for excellence.
All of the children sing so wonderfully whenever we entered their classrooms.
DANHS03 Mother & Children
Giving a light to this grandmother who is currently raising 10 grandchildren all by herself was one of the most meaningful and humbling experience of my life.
Nancy Economou, founder of Watts of Love, and Ginger Palm, CEO of Kenya Children’s Fund educate students and staff on how to use their new lights.
It was so obvious that every student we met was keenly aware that they had essentially won the “lottery in life” by being fortunate enough to attend Kenya Children’s Fund schools in Kinyago-Dandora.
The entire staff from the Kenya Children’s Fund, Watts of Love founder Nancy Economou, and Ginger Palm celebrate as the first day of delivering lights begins.
This photo captures the light in these happy student’s eyes, but it wasn’t from my photo flash–it came from their mounting sense of HOPE for a better future, starting with a brighter tonight!
Despite the bars that keep them safe while in school there is always so much joy in each and every classroom we visited.
Grinning ear to ear thinking about receiving his new solar light.
Light = Education. Each child knows that their education means a pathway to a new and better life.
DANHS06 Nancy & Students
These high school students from Kenya Children’s Fund made the experience of giving out their new solar lights even more joyful than I could have ever imagined!
KDS05 Mother & Children
This mother and five children was thrilled to receive her new lights to eliminate some of the darkness in each of their lives.
Most of the homes in Dandora are built from the trash, waste and garbage.
Even out of focus, you can still see that amazingly bright smile behind our Watts of Love wristband.
We needed armed guards to travel with us at all times while in the garbage dumps in Dandora.
Together, these two cooks provide the only means of nutrition that the students of Kinyago-Dandora are guaranteed to receive for the day.
Pastor David is the wonderful Spiritual Director for Kenya Children’s Fund. He is a bright light for all the children.
Dandora05 Mother & Child
As I was taking pictures with my mobile phone at the dump , this little guy was all smiles. The moment I lifted up my DSL camera to take a picture, this face shows his response. I wonder why?
After taking this girl’s picture, I showed her a few of the photos. She covered her smile and laughter with her hand and suddenly became shy. I was honored that the photos made her see herself as beautiful despite her dismal surroundings.
KDS03 Cup Challenge
The Kenya cup challenge.
Nancy enjoys a moment of pure love and affection with some of the KDS students.
DANHS04 Road Ahead
Light is the fastest route out of poverty, and coupled with an outstanding education, the possibilities have become limitless for these children, allowing them to read and study more efficiently, well into the night, and far beyond graduation.
KDS04 Broken Glass
Although all the windows at Kinyago-Dandora have bars on them and a few have broken glass, there is a hope, focus, drive and understanding from each student that their education is a complete gift as well as a blessing.
I found it fascinating that even in this garbage dump, there are behaviors and characteristics that you would see at any major business or company. After sifting through the trash all morning, this man takes a “coffee and bread” break with several others who live in the community.