The Teachable Spirit Returns to Kenya

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The Teachable Spirit Returns to Kenya

I am Jean Bons, the Teachable Spirit, a Seasoned Professional Speaker, College Professor, Missionary Entrepreneur, and an Interpreter of God’s Word with experience speaking and/or teaching in corporate, small business, specialty groups, for-profit and non-profit settings. 

Teaching the instructors of Ingrid Education Centre how to use the laptops Dr. Kahrs and I brought with us  to Nairobi, Kenya in January 2015.

Teaching the instructors of Ingrid Education Centre how to use the laptops Dr. Kahrs and I brought with us to Nairobi, Kenya in January 2015.

I have been a formal educator for fifteen years and an informal educator for almost thirty years, having raised two children who are now pursuing careers of their own. Along with an MBA and an MPA, I blend my life long experience of raising children, business, education, and understanding of the scripture to create tailor made curriculum for personal application and growth.

Instructors of Ingrid Education Centre participating in the workshop in February 2013.

Instructors of Ingrid Education Centre participating in the workshop in February 2013.

Visiting Ingrid Education Centre located in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2012 to deliver textbooks, in Jan/Feb of 2013 to conduct a professional development workshop for the instructors, and in January 2015 to deliver six laptops and software training for all Ingrid’s teachers and administrative staff, solidified my desire to continue supporting the work Douglas Monene, founder and director, began in 2008. The school is a community based organization that provides education to needy and vulnerable children in the Matopeni Quarry slum area, where parents make 27 USD a month crushing rock for a

Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs adjusting students of Ingrid Education Centre in January 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Warren Bruhl, Dr. Dave Neubauer, and Dr. Jeff Kahrs adjusting students of Ingrid Education Centre in January 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

living and schooling costs 15 USD a month.

Additionally, the teachable spirit traveled for a week with chiropractors that were part of a team from Dreamweaver International who adjusted all the children, staff, and some of the parents of Ingrid as part of my 2015 trip to Kenya.

Dr. Dave Neubauer adjusting one of the Maasai in a boma in Amboseli National Park, January 2015.

Dr. Dave Neubauer adjusting one of the Maasai in a boma in Amboseli National Park, January 2015.

Accompanying them to Kimana, which lies at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, I journeyed into Amboseli National Park each day and witnessed their impact on the Maasai who live in remote places of the park.

Girls of Ingrid Education Centre displaying the dresses we brought from Little Dresses for Africa in January 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

Girls of Ingrid Education Centre displaying the dresses we brought from Little Dresses for Africa in January 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

What is my plan for January 2016?

Expanding my assistance to both Ingrid Education Centre and Dreamweaver International, I am preparing to travel to Kenya again in January 2016 for the purpose of distributing menstrual kits from Days for Girls (DFG) to both the girls of Ingrid and the Maasai in Amboseli National Park.

Maasai girls experience motherhood very young. Suitors give them necklaces to express favor. January 2015, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Maasai girls experience motherhood very young. Suitors give them necklaces to express favor. January 2015, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Specifically, I desire to do the following:

Teaching 7th grade students of Ingrid Education Centre how to play a recorder, January 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

Teaching 7th grade students of Ingrid Education Centre how to play a recorder, January 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

What is the cost of executing this philanthropic plan?

Endeavoring to fulfill my Vision, the teachable spirit is seeking $12,000 to pay for the costs associated with these tasks, as follows:

  • $3,850 for 700 menstrual kits
  • $3,200 Cost of trip with Dreamweaver International
  • $1,550 airfare to Kenya
  • $1,000 Workshop
  • $600 gas & travel to Lakipia District of Kenya to retrieve menstrual kits
  • $500 rice, beans, oil, etc. for Ingrid
  • $500 for needs of host family in Kenya
  • $500 miscellaneous expenses, i.e. Visa, travel insurance, malaria medication, etc.
  • $300 gas and travel to Kimana, Kenya
Dr. Dave Neubauer and me among the children of Ingrid Education Centre after receiving chiropractic care in January 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Dave Neubauer and me among the children of Ingrid Education Centre after receiving chiropractic care in January 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

How can you participate in this philanthropic plan?

Join the teachable spirit by contributing in one of the following ways:

  1. Sharing this crowdfunding website through social media
  2. Creating your own fundraiser to support my mission trip
  3. Contacting me to speak to your group
  4. Promoting or availing yourself of the services I describe on my website, http://jeanlbons.com/
  5. Donating money to my campaign: 
    1. https://www.gofundme.com/jeans2016kenyatrip or 
    2. https://www.youcaring.com/jean-l-bons-453262
Kibo on the left and Mawenzi on the right; the names of the two peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, January 2015, Kimana, Kenya.

Kibo on the left and Mawenzi on the right; the names of the two peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, January 2015, Kimana, Kenya.

Thank you for considering participating in my mission trip to Kenya. The children of Ingrid Education Centre, the women of Chumvi DFG Sewing Center, the team members of Dreamweaver International, the Maasai women of Amboseli National Park, and the family of Douglas Monene thank you in advance for your assistance in this endeavor.

Shalom,

Jean L. Bons

The Teachable Spirit

 

 

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