A MESSAGE TO OUR SUPPORTERS
from the U.S.A.

Greetings everyone! It feels great to construct these heartfelt words from my office in Kenya. Every so often, chickens and an occasional rooster stick their heads in to see what I'm doing. I assure them that I am now officially Kenyan, having traveled back and forth to Makueni for the last 11 years.

Though I still have pains leaving my family for the three weeks of travel, I now know my way around Wote quite well. I'm frequently recognized by members of the AIC Church / Wote Branch while walking from the hotel to the cyber cafe or the bank, “topping up” my phone at the Airtell office, or on the way to my new church office. This past trip (July/August ‘16), there was a special education teacher's conference where 30 teachers stayed at the same hotel where I was lodging. I now have a new friend - Marietta Mainga - who stated she approached me because I was constantly smiling ear to ear whenever she saw me and wanted to know this happy person. I'm thankful for her and her outreach towards me; we shared many things, including the word of God on numerous occasions and her work with special needs children including those with autism. She and her colleagues even took the time out of their busy conference schedule to visit the children at MACHAO.

I'm happy to report that the AIC Church board/council has done a wonderful job since my last visit. The grounds are thriving: tomatoes (I've had a few at dinner and they were so sweet!), collard greens, spinach, pumpkin, and banana trees have been planted and are looking great. During my most recent trip, we repaired the greenhouse tarp as well as put in an irrigation system.

I'm happy to report that the AIC Church board/council has done a wonderful job since my last visit. The grounds are thriving: tomatoes (I've had a few at dinner and they were so sweet!), collard greens, spinach, pumpkin, and banana trees have been planted and are looking great. During my most recent trip, we repaired the greenhouse tarp as well as put in an irrigation system.

As I was departing the Unoa Primary School where half of our children attend, I was stopped by one of the widows of the church who asked me to come and meet the widows group who were convening outside on the church grounds. I'm overcome with great emotion as she shared with me what the widows have been inspired to do to assist the children of MACHAO (see page 27 to read more).

We celebrated 10 years in 2015 and what an occasion it was. There is a special 10th anniversary insert in this year's newsletter - please enjoy and be inspired. In 2016 we had the pleasure of doing building maintenance by building steps and a ramp to the dorm/dining hall/kitchen (my, what a difference it makes); replacing the greenhouse tarp and installing irrigation, purchasing shoes and washing the children's feet, providing - in addition to their backpacks filled with hygiene items - fun items like jump ropes, puzzles and modeling clay.

Machao Orphanage Foundation exists because there are millions of orphans around the world - 2.6 million alone in Kenya (as of 2012).

the widows Dr. Carolyn Rowley with her new friends. From l to r: Teacher, Dr Rowley and Marietta Mainga

We exist because people like you have truly made a difference with your prayers, your dollars and your hours of volunteering. On pages 28 and 29, we report to you our financial statements from 2015 and 2016, as well as what we need in the coming year 2017. On page 31, we invite you to read our strategic plan to increase the number of orphans we support to 80 children. We hope that you will be inspired to do your part to help us meet both our budget and building fund for 2017.

Thirteen children, seven members of the AIC Church (led by Pastor Joseph Mutunga), and a woman (Dr. Carolyn Rowley) thousands of miles away, both with hearts to serve, connected in 2005 on what has been truly a life-changing experience. Thank you for allowing me to share 11 years of work that you've been directly responsible for. It is my hope and prayer that you will be in agreement with me and that 2017 will be a thriving year for the children; that all of the needs will be met and then some.

Gratefully yours,
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Carolyn Rowley, PhD
Founder & Executive Director