This past year has been — how do you say–UNEXPECTED.
I never thought my trip to Africa in 2010 would result in forming a non-profit to empower a young lady to open a maternity home in Kenya.
But God knew. (By the way, the not knowing part is called protection and prevention of ulcers)
Maureen, (who by the way is conducting Staff Orientation TODAY at the home) Executive Director, has a graduate degree in education. She values education and besides offering these precious pregnant girls basic necessities, like a home, the Bible, counseling, prenatal care, sustainable life and job skills, we also wanted them to receive an education.
And that’s how a homeschool classroom in a maternity home was born.
I’ve never homeschooled my children, so there was a big learning curve regarding the process, curriculum, etc. Since the girls will be speaking English (the school/trade language in Kenya), I knew I had some work to do. Some readers and Twitter friends walked me through the basics.
Well, it turns out Monarch, a premier online Christian homeschool curriculum was reading tweets. After working out many details (like having several new laptop computers donated by anonymous bloggers), Monarch has generously and graciously donated two licenses for every subject (excluding history) in grades 7-11 for the Mercy House to use from Alpha Omega Publications! It’s around a $3600 value. (And in full disclosure, I offered an extended ad on my sidebar to them).
I’m so excited about what we will be able to offer these girls! I’m in the process of learning the ropes through these training options:
- First, there is a Monarch-specific Facebook page which actively answers questions: http://www.facebook.com/monarch.homeschool.
- Second, there are several levels of Monarch webinars available for free here: http://www.aophomeschooling.com/monarch/webinars.php
Ready for the rest of the good news?? I know so many of my readers homeschool….
They are also generously giving away a 5-subject Monarch set as well as 3 more subjects that 3 people will win!!
Entry is easy. Visit this landing page to fill out the simple entry form!
I think the monetary value of the curriculum has obviously been a huge blessing to our small non-profit, but it’s the on-going partnership I’m excited about. From communicating with Monarch, I’m very touched by their sincere concern for the girls of Kenya. I know they will be following their progress closely!
psst….I’m over at (in)courage today. I’d love for you to join me.