PLANT-A-BOOK INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 5 stars   30 reviews

Issues: International

Location: P.O. Box 879 Castroville CA 95012 USA

Mission: Our mission is to create opportunities for children living in the slums of Kenya to receive an education and improve their quality of life. Education will provide a pathway to break the cycle of poverty surrounding these desitute children.
Results: Hundreds of children have been able to receive an education, complete high school, and even move on to employment or university -- children that were without hope in the slums of Nairobi. Each year we are able to provide an education and some quality of life basics to hundreds of children through the assistance of our donors.
Target demographics: children living in poverty in Nairobi, Kenya
Geographic areas served: Kenya primarily

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Plant -A-book is an organization that has made and continue making a great difference in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in the Soweto slums of Nairobi Kenya, as a person working with these children I have witnessed first hand the positive impact their efforts have made . Children who had no chance in life because of poverty/ lost both parents have been given a chance and a big number of them have done and passed national examinations getting admission in the universities where they are pursuing very good courses i.e engineering, education , pharmacy etc. Plant-A- book has given these children a chance to transform their lives and that of their families and community and they have taken it with both hands. To sustain this initiative many sponsors through Plant-A-book have helped in construction of more classrooms at both Galilee Primary School and Lorna Waddington High school and also facilitated the construction of an orphanage (Holly House) for the orphaned children. In short Plant-A-book is a great organization compared to none in our part of the World.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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2013

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As a sponsor I can't begin to tell you what a great organization this is. For a small amount of money you can make such a significant impact on these children's lives. Getting pictures and letters from your child(ren) makes you feel like they are your very own. The volunteers who run this spend many hours dedicated to making these children's lives better. Their website is fantastic! Keeps you updated and informed.

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Life-changing

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2008

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I can't say enough good things about Plant-A-Book and their dedication to the children they work with. I have sponsored children at Galilee (a school they work with in Kenya) and have seen "my" first sponsored girl grow from a youngster to a high school graduateā€¦an unheard of accomplishment for an AIDS orphan 10 years ago! I am so proud of her and so grateful for the opportunity to be able to help in such a hands on way. I love the letters and photos I receive, the ability to order items from the online store for "my" kids, as well as the current updates we get on the online blog/board. I know that the money I contribute helps in a vital way because I have seen the progress the school has made over the past ten years during my visits to my sponsored children. Progress that has affected not just the children of the school and orphanage, but the entire community as well. My all-time favorite charity!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I love Plant-A-Book because I feel like the money I contribute to the kids I sponsor really goes a long way. I like knowing every cent is going to help educate and feed kids, as opposed to paying some corporation's outrageous admin, etc. costs. I have personally visited these schools in the slums of Nairobi so I have first-hand knowledge of how wonderful and caring the school director is and how far we've come to create better lives for these incredibly impoverished kids and families. I've always felt that PAB was a real grass-roots charity from when I started sponsoring 8 years ago and it still feels that way. Amazingly, almost all of the people making this charity function are volunteers!

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2013

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I received my first sponsored girl six years ago as a Christmas gift. Since then she has graduated! I can't believe the dedication of all the sponsors world wide and the school;s director Fanuel. It's amazing how Galilee, Waddington High School and Holly House as grown in the slum area and what sponsors and organizations have been able to accomplish with kitchens, libraries, wells, classrooms, latrines, textbooks, meals, uniforms, etc. Sponsors are encouraged to send letters of encouragement and what a joy to hear from them as they acknowledge and appreciate the value of education as a way out of povetry. Pluses are the online store and receiving photos and letters from sponsored children.

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2013

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a great charity. it really cares about the children it is helping and the sponsors who sponsor the children. goes out of it's way to encourage continued contact between the sponsors and their kids so that you feel you have a real long term relationship with them. i am now helping my sponsored girl through university and very much hope she will graduate in IT next year. a huge change from the awful situation in which she was found and brought to the school's orphanage as a teenager. an excellent organisation and one i hope to support for many years to come.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Plant-a-book is the most involved, fun and fulfilling way to sponsor a child that I have heard of. You really feel a part of 'your' child's education and life... and thanks to the work of the amazing volunteers, it is VERY affordable and you know your money provides exactly what you pay for with no cut going to sales people, administrators etc. The fun part is that when you get to know your sponsored children, you can send what YOU feel they need... I like to send something fun along with school supplies and general household items. Kids living in this much poverty, helping their families eat and survive, need to have playtime like all children!
I love that by making it easier for these kids to attend school, you not only get them an education but a nourishing meal each school day (government-provided in Primary, built into sponsorship fees for highschool students).
I enjoy the personalisation and creativity of the various drives I have participated in- I once sponsored a science object for final exams and got to provide items that sounded like my name! Great fun! And all lead by passionate, enthusiastic people.

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This is my ALL-TIME favorite charity. I have been sponsoring children and helping with various improvements in their schools and circumstances for about seven years. I have seen three of "my" children graduate from Waddington High School, something probably deemed unimaginable for them and their families before they were able to attend WHS (and Galilee Primary School before that.) These children come from the worst of the worst slums of Nairobi and through education are going to be able to truly pull themselves and hopefully, their families, from the profound poverty which has been their fate for generations. My most recent child who graduated scored so well on his Kenyan Cert. of Secondary Education exam that he qualified for aid to go to the university!! These children live in small huts with no electricity, plumbing, or any other amenities that we take for granted. Can you imagine the joy and disbelief of his family that he is going to attend a UNIVERSITY!! In the few years I have been associated with this charity, we have been able to dig a well for sanitary drinking water for the community, bring electricity to the school, build classrooms, stock a chemistry lab and library and other improvements too numerous to mention. All this with a group of on-line people, coordinated by our very able directors, whose only thing in common is the desire to make life for "the least of these, our brethren." The people who are in charge of the finances of these schools are able to squeeze their money to tightly that it squeaks!! They are able to provide more with less at every turn. But we are now in dire need of new permanent classrooms to replace the tin temporary classrooms for the grade school age children. The need is great but any monies available for this charity are used wisely and frugally. We are truly engrossed in a campaign to save the world, one child at a time. We're starting with this most worthy charity in striving towards this most auspicious goal!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This is my all-time favority charity, helping kids dig their way out of poverty through education. The children helped and sponsored through this organization live in the worst of the worst slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Without education, the cycle will undoubtedly perpetuate itself to the next generation. What I like best about this organization is the "hands on" approach as we communicate with our kids, with the director of the school and with the board of directors of the organization. Through pictures, communication with staff and also accounts of various people visiting the school, we can know for certain that our dollars are being used appropriately and for the benefit of the kids and the school.

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letters of appreciation from the children who are building better lives for themselves and their families as a result of my sponsorship.

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find more ways to recruit more sponsors for this worthy charity.

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Sponsoring a child in another country cannot be done as easy and most enexpensively done than through Plant-A-Book. Plant-A-Book is in California and does all the paperwork and money transfers to Galilee Primary School, Wadding High School and also their two orphanages.

For a little as $12.50 a month for the school children, and then up to $30.00 a month whic is school and room and board, one can sponsor a child. Plant-A-Book has also set up an On Line Store where clothing, book, and other needed items can be purchased at a low cost.

As a Sponsor, one can just Donate or pick a child to sponsor. One can do nothing more than that or write them as often as they like and also send small gifts. Any item purchased for over $7.00 in the On Line Store will get a photo of the child with their new item. There is the opportunity to choose to help with any of the many project drives that go on through the years, like buying textbooks, lab equipment, and building classrooms.

Please so check out Plant-A-Book and see what is happening and view all the available children for sponsorship. If you never have sponsored before the Galilee Primary School and Wadding High School is a great place to start. You always have direct contact with Brenda at Plant A Book and can always ask questions about your child and get a fast reply. You also will receive at lease two letters per year.

I myself have been with them for over seven years and had many children. Two that have completed high school and will be going on to college! The letters from the older children are amazing to hear how appreciative they are to have sponsors that care about them, and they love to learn from what they read in their letters.

Plant-A-Book is now the only sponsor site that I use after 15 or so years of sponsoring close to 30 children with different sponsor groups. GO GALILEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This organization does great work supporting two schools and a children's home in Nairobi, Kenya. The volunteers at the organization are helpful and responsive and the children are great, too. The test scores the children get (which are disclosed to sponsors) are very high, even on the very difficult standardized tests set by the Kenyan government. For only $12.50 a month you can give one of these kids a chance to show the world what they're made of and help raise them out of the slums.

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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