Give Paul a chance, for only $360 this year


Shy and respectful, “Paul” Angaya Johnstone Arangwe flashes a big smile at the thought of attending secondary school. He graduated from Butere, Kenya’s Ekambuli Primary School after scoring well on the national exams. Now the 17-year-old dreams of becoming a teacher, but in order to apply to university he must first attend secondary school — a luxury for most Kenyan students.

Though the costs of primary school are largely covered by the government, secondary school involves fees for the tuition, uniform and school supplies. 31,720 shillings is a fortune to most Kenyan families and insurmountable for an orphan such as Paul. However, this is equivalent to only $360 U.S. dollars per school year, or $1,525 to cover all four years of education.

Paul has overcome great odds while striving for a better life. His father abandoned him when he remarried (a practice all too common in Kenya), and he has since been living with an aunt. Teachers have assisted from their own slim pockets by purchasing food and books for him over the years, and they even helped pay for medical treatment for elephantiasis of the feet. Despite the condition, his favorite sport is running. A teacher noted that he tries everything and never likes to appear as disabled.

His favorite classes are mathematics, Kiswahili, science and English. Despite an initially shy demeanor, he loves to sing and perform comic plays.

Please help this bright student discover his full potential through education by making a donation today, using the button above, with "Paul" in the purpose box.
Thank you to the Golden Hill Sonics of Bristol
"The Life Centre would like to give a very special thank you to the Golden Hill Sonics football club in Bristol, England, for the large package of football jerseys and kit. The kids really love it all, in particular the uniforms, and now the only problem is they don't want to take them off. You have made the children very happy, thank you."
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What is Life Centre Butere?

What's the Cows for Kids Project?

New Life Centre Butere is a Christian non-profit orphanage just outside Kisumu in western Kenya, run by the generous Wycliffe Kwalanda. The orphanage is currently responsible for 65 boys and girls from 4-19 years of age. The majority of these children lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. New Life Centre cares for children under these difficult circumstances and provides them with basic needs like security, quality education, guidance and counselling, love, and in general a brighter, stronger foundation for life. Education in Kenya is not entirely free: there are some costs that must be met by the parents, and this is where New Life Centre plays a pivotal role. Children must be provided with school uniforms, shoes, sweaters, socks, and supplemental books. Each child needs sh2500 per year for the uniform alone (at the time of this writing, approximately $31). An even more fundamental need is food. Prices of basic food commodities in Kenya have skyrocketed, costing around sh1300 ($17) per child per month. The Kenyan government is now issuing warnings of a severe drought, and food prices are expected to rise yet higher, so the need for help is bigger than ever.
Cows for Kids is a dairy and poultry project that will carry the orphanage into independence through generosity and lots of hard work. Currently Life Centre is dependent upon outside donations, but with this project the orphanage will be able to participate in the local economy and cover the costs of food and education for the children into the future.  The project has no overhead since it is run by Jason LaMotte and his friends and colleagues who are donating their time and talents. 100 percent of donations go to the orphanage. Finance and farming experts are donating their consultations to ensure viability and sustainability.

Here's the project:
New Life Centre hopes to build a zero-grazing unit for dairy production at the cost of Sh20,000 ($260), and purchase at least two dairy cattle for Sh100,000 ($1300). Dairy will help meet the nutritional requirements of the children. The manure from these activities will be used to grow kale, tomatoes, and onions and sold to generate income for the orphanage. New Life Centre is planning to construct a poultry unit of 600 chicks at a cost of Sh 50,000 ($650). Half of the chicks will be broiler chicks, and half will be for egg production.
Income from the project will be paid into a project fund that will support expansion of the poultry project and finance the children's education.
Visit our main website to learn more about Life Centre Butere and our ongoing sustainability projects.