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Busy next Wednesday? Join us at Pierre at Denneweg 11, 2514CA The Hague for a great night of drinks and a silent auction! Entrance Donation is optional and tips from the bar go to the kids!
RSVP today: https://www.facebook.com/events/547745798649092/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
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One of our favorite holidays in the U.S. may have passed, but that doesn't make us any less thankful for all of the great people Stahili works with. Here is Lucy and her grandfather. We are thankful everyday for the wonderful guardians that support us!
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Our fantastic Kenya crew has been working tirelessly to support our children and the community with food for this school break. 
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The Orphanage in Kenya That Fueled Hannah to do Something Different. Hannah's story that brought her to Stahili: http://www.stahilifoundation.org/blog/volunteer-in-kenya
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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! Spread the love this week and find out more on what it means to be a Builder! http://bit.ly/1bc8D27
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Volunteering in a Kenyan Orphanage Changed Laura Walker’s Perspective. Read her story here: http://www.stahilifoundation.org/blog/volunteering-in-kenya
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Stahili has a blog! http://www.stahilifoundation.org/blog. Check out our first post and see what's to come! 
Stahili Foundation Blog
Stahili Foundation Blog
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Thank you to the +International Models Project on Women's Rights for sharing our story! 
The Stahili Foundation was founded by Laura Walker, Hannah Ackerman and human rights lawyer, Michelle Oliel. The organization was created in response to abuse, trafficking and child labor that all three women encountered through their volunteer work at an orphanage in rural Kenya. Stahili truly began when Walker rescued one child from the orphanage, who was a victim of forced labor (see Laura Walker's account of this situation: http://tinyurl.com/kqdbkux). Following the rescue of this child, three more rescues followed shortly after. The three women began moving children to safe and established boarding schools, where they had a chance to be free of abuse and exploitation. Before the women knew it, together they had rescued 15 children from a life of abuse and forced labor from the orphanage. They rescued their first 15 children by working with community leaders and local guardians, and through successful community-based acceptance, the Stahili Foundation began to grow.
 
The organization is rooted in the belief of providing guidance, education and love to proactively combat child labor, abuse, neglect and trafficking. They aim to provide children the tools they need to succeed, and importantly, education through post-secondary school. In Swahili, Stahili means, “to deserve.” Stahili believes that all children deserve to be free from abuse and exploitation and have the right to achieve their full potential. The organization is also rooted in the idea that education is a vital tool to break the cycle of poverty. 
 
While Stahili Foundation has rescued 15 children, many more children remain neglected, abused and exploited  at the orphanage and in the greater community. The organization's first priority is to rescue those children that remain in the abusive situation at the orphanage. After these children have been rescued, Stahili will reach out to the community to assist other children in similar situations. While they would love to help as many children as possible, the organization feels they cannot do so at the expense of quality care. Stahili aims to focus on a group of children who they can holistically care for and assist through the entirety of their education. As such, Stahili works with 30 children at a time. Once a child is fully sponsored, Stahili then brings a new child into the program. Read full article here: http://goo.gl/74viMo 

Stahili aims to create awareness of, and put an end to, child labor, trafficking and abuse. They believe that education is the key to not only improving the life of one child, but to enable communities to break the cycle of poverty. Please read the full article here http://goo.gl/74viMo  and visit www.stahilifoundation.org to learn how you can help rescue a child.  
 
Michelle Oliel, Co- Founder 
Stahili Foundation 
 
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