Naivasha Project

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Irrigation

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The successful drilling of a well for the school.

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The successful drilling of a well for the school.

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Materials for the new fence are delivered.

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The Grace team working with local parishioners to plant fence posts.

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A completed fence identifies orphanage location.

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A completed fence identifies orphanage location.

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A completed fence identifies orphanage location.

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A completed fence identifies orphanage location.

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A completed fence identifies orphanage location.

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A completed fence identifies orphanage location.

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How Are We Doing ...

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The orphanage and school building construction is done, thanks to your support!
The orphanage and school building construction is done, and the One27 Academy is now open as of January 2013, thanks to your generous support. We still need your assistance. Please help us raise $5K by July 1st 2017 to fund construction of a new kitchen at the Academy to feed a growing student population. Every dollar counts! We appreciate your partnership and support!

The Mission

The Grace Race Fund Inc.

Vision
The Grace Race Fund is a unique non-profit and all-volunteer organization fueled by the desire to greatly improve the lives of Kenyan AIDS orphans. Through partnerships with committed individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations, we seek to enable orphaned children to achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to grow and develop physically, emotionally, professionally, and spiritually.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Grace Race Fund is to direct our annual fall fund-raising event called The Grace Race. This is a family-oriented community road race and walk in Chelmsford MA. The event’s proceeds flow directly to construction and eventual day-to-day operation of an orphanage and vocational training school being constructed in Naivasha, Kenya. Under the direction of a caring and trained staff of Kenyan adults, the children living in this orphanage will receive proper nourishment, education, encouragement, and practical life-sustaining vocational skills to support their growth into independent and successful adults.

The Need is Great
The country of Kenya has over 1,100,000 orphans (source: World Health Organization) whose parents have died of AIDS and in 2010 the total orphan count accounting for all causes of death (AIDS, malaria, unclean water, etc.) is estimated to reach 1,900,000 (source: UNAIDS “Children on the Brink 2004” report). The needs of these children are overwhelming; many of them live in extreme poverty. This facility, when completed, will provide children with the care, resources, and instruction they need to live productive lives as adults. To give you some perspective of what is happening on the ground in Naivasha Kenya, we will post messages (letters) from some of the orphans and caretakers.

Our Goal

Our goal for 2013 is to raise $15000 to complete construction of a 10,000 liter underground rain water reservoir to enable the One27 Academy to use rain water for needs such as showers, toilets, and irrigation, so that the well water can be preserved for drinking, cooking, emergencies, and revenue generation (selling bottled water in town). Additional funds raised will be used for landscaping projects and classroom materials. The One27 Academy has capacity to provide room and board, education, and vocational training for 100 orphans (50 boys and 50 girls) ranging in age from 5 to 18. The boarding population and breadth of course offerings will expand over time as resources permit. As of July 2013, approximately 30 orphans are living there, and 40 students living with families in the community attend secondary school classes and pay tuition as a source of revenue to keep the Academy operating. Naivasha has a population of about 50,000 and is located in the Rift Valley about 90 minutes northwest of the capital city of Nairobi (See map of Kenya). The town is rich in agricultural and geothermal energy resources, is a popular spot for tourists, and has a growing economy. At the One27 Academy, students will learn skills that match the needs of businesses and service sectors developing in this vibrant area of East Africa.

How Are We Doing

Through our annual 5-mile community road race and walk, The Grace Race, we have raised over $242,000 in the 11 years that we have held the event (for financial details please contact Treasurer Kenny Mitchell at kenny@gracerace.org). During this time the Grace Race Fund has raised funds to pay for:

  • A 5-acre plot of land in Naivasha for the buildings and farmland that will comprise the facility.
  • Borehole drilling for a well on the land and the installation of a well pump.
  • Fencing material. (In 2007 a team of men and women from the Chelmsford area visited Naivasha to construct a fence around the perimeter of the land, working alongside men and women from Naivasha.)
  • Irrigation equipment for the farmland and its installation.
  • Electrical infrastructure work on the site including a diesel generator to meet temporary electrical power needs.
  • Construction of the administrative wing (containing staff offices, dining hall, kitchen, and clinic) both boys and girls dormitories (housing up to 100 orphans in total), and multi-purpose room (serving as larger dining area, gym, and fellowship/worship hall)
  • Construction of 8 secondary school classrooms and bathrooms for the school
  • Landscaping work, parking lot
  • Some furnishings (other furniture funds provided by Naivasha KAG church, Grace Community Church, and One27 Global Inc.)
  • Completion of all essential construction tasks allowing the One27 Academy to open its doors in January 2013!
  • Construction of rainwater collection and reservoir system to provide water for showers, bathrooms, irrigation.
  • Purchase of laboratory equipment to equip the science classrooms used by secondary school students at the Academy

Who is involved
The Grace Race success comes about from the enthusiasm and compassion of individuals and corporations in our community. Over 100 individuals from the Chelmsford and surrounding communities have volunteered their time with the Grace Race. Many, many individuals and local companies have also donated money to the project. Learn more about our leadership team.

The Grace Race Fund is a partner of One27 Global Inc., another US based non-profit organization founded in 2012 to oversee the educational, youth empowerment, and community development programs in Kenya including the child sponsorship program. The orphanage and school in Naivasha is a One27 Academy managed by One27 Global Inc. with its Kenyan partners. For recent details on the project including the floorplan and construction phases, please visit the One27 Academy page.

How Can You Help
We are asking for help from local corporations and individuals so that we can finish this project and provide a home for these orphans within 4 years.

In 2013, the Grace Race Fund seeks to continue its fund raising efforts and are asking for the generous support of corporations and individuals to help reach this year’s goal of $15,000.

Depending on the degree of support, corporations will be recognized in the following ways:

  • Mention of participating corporations by name or logo on the Grace Race website, pomotional materials, press releases and in various ways on the day of the race
  • A plaque will be presented to corporations in recognition of thier participation
  • The opportunity for all of or some portion of the Orphanage/School to be named after participating corporation

We desire to meet with corporations to discuss this project and describe the various levels that they can support the Grace Race Fund.

As part of our corporate sponsor meeting, we will show the actual blueprints of the project and describe the operational plan in order to instill confidence that every dollar invested in this project will impact the lives of the orphans in a positive and life-changing way.