Encouraging Growth with Dreamweaver International

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Encouraging Growth with Dreamweaver International

What is Dreamweaver International and what is its mission? How is it important to the work in Kenya?

Encouraging growth by finding truth in the work that his parents were doing in Kenya, Dr. Warren Bruhl realized that his mother had found The Hole in the Gospel referred to in the book of the same name, written by Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, motivating him to join forces with the work Ken and Sandy Taylor were doing. But, there was no plan for succession, which is often the case with small businesses, non-profits, or individuals attempting to just do the work they see needs to be done.

Returning home, Dr. Warren Bruhl asked his accountant to create a 501(c)3 for the comprehensive

Dr. Warren Bruhl in Kenya, February 2012.

Dr. Warren Bruhl in Kenya, February 2012.

approach of impacting the Maasai in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya, empowering them in the following areas:

  • cultural
  • economic
  • education
  • societal

Due to the affect of negative stereotyping and discrimination that inhibits their ability to function in mainstream society, Dreamweaver International seeks to highlight the impact of the Maasai culture and heritage nationally and internationally while simultaneously addressing the needs of this under served and under resourced population.

Specifically, Dreamweaver International desires to focus on:

  • building infrastructure within communities
  • offering educational tools
  • providing sports equipment
  • training and economic enrichment

The greatest opportunity is found at the point of greatest need.

The faces of Ingrid Education Centre, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

The faces of Ingrid Education Centre, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

From my own experience in Kenya, I have found that the smallest contribution makes a huge impact. For example, the cost of education for a child at Ingrid Education Centre is $15.00 per month, which equates to a couple of lattes here in the Pacific Northwest where coffee is entertainment, but in the slums of Matopeni, where parents crush rock for a living, that amount is more than half a month’s salary. $15.00 per month pays for one student’s uniform, books, food, and education, providing an opportunity for that child to acquire an education instead of wandering the streets vulnerable to abuse. You can join Dr. Jeff Kahrs in sponsoring one of these children and encouraging growth by contacting Douglas Monene via email: douglasmonene@gmail.com.

In much the same way as Douglas Monene, the founder of Ingrid Education Centre has simply created a school where the needs were great in Nairobi, Ken and Sandy Taylor have done the same thing in the Kimana Rift Valley beneath the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Expressive eyes of a child of Ingrid Education Centre captured by Isaac V. Photography.

Expressive eyes of a child of Ingrid Education Centre captured by Isaac V. Photography.

In 2012, Dreamweaver International was the first charity to introduce tablet computer learning in the Kimana Rift Valley. In this remote area, there are very few available educational resources. As in the slums of Nairobi, funding is meager for teachers, school supplies, books, and the other necessary materials that students need for a proper education. You can only imagine the look in a child’s eyes as he/she sees the images and beautifully displayed graphics; books, arts, music, mathematics, science, English, language, grammar, history, and a vast array of knowledge are now accessible through the tablet computer.


Dreamweaver International will be funding a pilot project to bring one tablet computer for every three students per classroom encouraging growth by seeking corporate and private sponsors throughout 2013 and 2014. As tablet learning is integrated into the daily curriculum for 2-3 hours, 3-5 schools, and 150 children will be powerfully affected through this vital classroom resource. Educational metrics taken before, during, and after the program will assist future iterations of the model to be tailored to the needs of the residents, providing a valuable benchmark for expansion into other Central and East African schools.

The price for the initial stage of the program and the incredible impact on the Maasai children in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya is simply $3,000.00. Contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of  the Board of Dreamweaver International for more information on how you can participate in helping a child have eyes to see into the rest of the world.

Douglas and I distributing goodies to the children of Ingrid Education Centre provided by my parents, Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Joan Rasmussen, February 2013.

Douglas and I are distributing goodies to the children of Ingrid Education Centre provided by my parents, Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Joan Rasmussen, February 2013.

Why is education so vital to the Maasai of the Kimana Rift Valley or to the children of Ingrid Education Centre?

Although this may seem like a rhetorical question, encouraging growth through clarifying the issues being addressed as well as the value of energy and money bestowed on a remote part of the world is key to understanding why Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs, why Mr. Ken and Sandy Taylor, and why Douglas Monene and Ingrid Education Centre are integral players in contributing to the well-being and social integration of Kenya’s greatest under served and under resourced population.

 

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4 Comments

  1. This is so wonderful Jean! Keep up the good work letting the world know of the work we do.
    God bless.

    • Thank you, Douglas, for your kind words. I am excited to write about the work that you do with the children of Ingrid Education Centre, as well as the work Dr. Warren Bruhl is doing with Dreamweaver International. I trust that my writing will be interesting, inspiring, and informative to those who are motivated to help.

  2. Jean

    Great message on the impact a little does to help so much.

    God bless the work

    • Thank you, Dr. Bruhl for your comment. I know you have first hand experience of how something small can make a big difference. I appreciate your desire to make whatever changes you can in the lives around you. God bless you in all your endeavors.

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