The thing about kindness


   “All that was needed was a revolution of mind and attitude; for them to learn to recognize and under- stand how best to utilize the qualities they possess. To make them start to think differently about them- selves in order for them to become masters of their own destinies.” 

— Churchill Butalia, Director
Noah’s Ark Academy 

Children at Noah’s Ark Academy learning hand, word games.


JUST when we think we’ve run this page about Noah’s Ark long enough (and that perhaps such a page even offends our readers), we have another class with the children. They light up the dark room with their smiles, they clap over each new thing they learn, they xxx, and they laugh like all the little “Whos in Whoville whose Christmas was xxx). And then they end the lesson with the words, “Thank you for being kind to us.”                    

To some 144 Kenyan children, Noah’s Ark is a “home,” a school, and a way forward. It is the place where they receive a good education, 1 good meal a day, and loving support, while learning to work hard and help themselves. It’s also a place we’ve been compelled to want to support in ways that bless both giver and receiver.  For example — 

1.) e-Doves:  an Ark pen-pal program for children . . . and now adults. Friends here and there write one e-mail to each other per month. If you are interested in having a child participate in this project, or if you yourself would love to have a Kenyan friend, a small donation helps pay the school’s internet costs.  This project has a specially designed website for children and families to learn more about Kenya.    

2.) Adopt a writer. Writing InterestEng. stories helps the Ark’s children increase their skills and confidence while increasing your understanding of Kenya. A gift in support of a young writer helps pay monthly food expenses on the Ark.           

3.)  Adopt a teacher.  The teachers on the Ark, we learned, are rarely able to be paid. (This is true for much of Kenya and Africa as a whole.)  They teach until they finally need to find work to put food on their family’s table and then return when they can   to the Ark. (A Skype tutoring program run by the wonderful Invictus Institute helps assure daily lessons.) A donation to this worthwhile cause keeps a teacher at the school.  

4.)  Just a good deed.  If you just feel in a “good-deed-day” mood and want to send along a simple donation, that would be wonderful too.

     To know more about any of the above projects, send me an e-mail . . . or a dove with an olive branch. The “how to contribute” info is below.      
Mrs. Chips


                                  “THE HOW TO” 

     Thanks to the Invictus Institute, a U.S. based 501(c)3 that currently supports schools in 8 countries (including Noah’s Ark Academy) through online tutoring, you can make contributions toward any of the above projects. The Invictus Institute is 100% volunteer. The organization is charged a small fee to wire money to Kenya but, other than that fee, 100% of your gift will go to Noah’s Ark Academy.  To send a contribution, use this link:

     After you click an orange “donate” button just above the photos, a form (like at the left) will appear. Near the bottom of the form is a space to write in a donation of any amount and also a write a comment box.  Click that box and specify:


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