Despite being a small company, Anselm's studios assist as much as possible with the local and wider communities.
Recently 'giving' has consisted of:
January 2017 - 16,000/- to Virunga Fallen Rangers Fund.
December 2016 - 7000/- to Homeless of Nairobi to pay for a volunteer’s month’s salary, donated beads, trophies & goblets worth 149,600/- to One Bead, & 16,000/- to Virunga Fallen Rangers Fund - -which provides a financial safety net for widows & children of Virunga National Park rangers killed in the line of duty protecting gorillas. 150 have died in the past ten years. We salute them. They are not forgotten.
November 2016 - 7,000/- to Homeless of Nairobi to pay for a volunteer’s month’s salary.
October 2016 - 7,000/- to Homeless of Nairobi to pay for a volunteer’s month’s salary.
August 2016 - 7,000/- to Homeless of Nairobi to pay for a volunteer’s month’s salary.
July 2016 - 7,000/- to Homeless of Nairobi to pay for a volunteer’s month’s salary.
June 2016 - 15,000/- to the Volkwagen Anonymous Club to drive 1300+ kms for the benefit of orphans at Teule Childrens Home Loitokitok, 6,800/- towards Dalmas Ngoizi and Mercy Njoki school fees (Elima Junior Academy), & 7,000/- to Homeless of Nairobi for a volunteer’s month’s salary & four Taekwondo and music lessons
5,000/ gift voucher to the Rhino Charge Raffle Committee towards the conservation of wildlife by fencing and maintaining the fence in the Aberdares, Eburru and Mt. Kenya; 2,500/- to Tushinde Children’s Trust towards their fundraiser, 65,000/- of glass balls for Garissa University Memorial Garden & 7,000/- to Homeless of Nairobi for a volunteer’s month’s salary & four Taekwondo and music lessons
April 2016 – We became World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) members!
March 2016 - 15,000/- towards tree planting for Oloosirkon Secondary School, & 7,000/- to Homeless of Nairobi for a volunteer’s month’s salary & four Taekwondo and music lessons
December 2015 - 22,000/- to supply milk for one month to Homeless of Nairobi, pay for a volunteer’s month’s salary and four Taekwondo and music lessons.
Our broader-ranging contributory efforts include following Fair Trade guidelines; paying a staff of 35 well above standard wages; and providing them with loans, transport, medical, and controlled working hours and conditions. The studio also supports the local school in Oloosirkon (Tuala) by supplying desks, chairs, water during the dry season, exam papers, reference materials and storybooks. We also sell greetings cards made by Women in Kibera – Kibera Paper – and also from Tunajenga, a fair trade organization supporting men from diverse Kenyan communities.
Sara Wroblewski (www.onebead.org) visited mid 2012 with three friends to inspect the kilometer long fence that they funded around our local Oloosirkon Primary School. They also donated many kg of school supplies they brought with them. We held an art camp at the studio, to teach the students about recycling, art & glass. Sara raised 500,000/- shillings for the fence in the USA with the sale of beads (donated by Anselm’s studio) that were made into bracelets and sold to her fellow students.
She has purchased a plot in the centre of Oloosirkon 'town' – pending cutting through a tangle of red tape to build a coimmunity centre. Heartwarming tingly feel-good stuff, by an amazing individual. Her program continues to thrive, focussing on leadership initiatives in the States.
We’ve planted trees, repaired roads and collected garbage.
In addition, Kitengela Hot Glass donates more than 30 raffle prizes to a myriad of causes annually. In the coming years, the company, with the assistance of One Bead, is planning to focus on local adolescents in its vicinity. The goal here is to help them to better connect with their environment and resident wildlife via tree planting, and creating a community centre. Kitengela Hot Glass’s hope is that these efforts will stimulate greater appreciation for the surroundings and gretaer civic pride in the neighbourhood.
“The picture below is of Oloosirkon Government Primary School/Shilinge Primary School and Emakoko Primary School children being visited by the Chanuka Express mobile bus,” explains Anselm. “Its aim is to uplift young people through literacy and practical life skills education. Kitengela Hot Glass also funds monthly subscriptions to the Chanuka Express children’s newspaper.”
One local student, Dennis Mokua, graduated at the top of his class from Oloosirkon in December 2010. He scored 335 marks out of 500 which equates to a “B” average. Dennis’s ambition is to become a doctor.
Kitengela Hot Glass paid his secondary school fees and expenses for 2011 & 2012. He finished his first year in secondary with a B+ (6th out of 119). His results in 2011 were a B+ (6th out of 136). Our scholarship for him continues. In Dec 2012 he had a mean ‘A’ grade (3rd out of 135). Also in 2011 we sponsored him to attend the Jehudi 2nd ‘Growing up Green’ Annual Camp on Environment, where he had the opportunity to visit a biogas slaughter house, was introduced to NEMA, met Dr. Shah (the first Kenyan to get a PHD in pharmacy & responsible for planting trees along Waiyaki Way), visit the Giraffe Centre, plant trees & go horse riding in Central Province.
“What Dennis has achieved is very impressive,” Anselm comments, “especially when you consider the difficult learning environment at a poorly-funded school."