RIGHT 2 THRIVE
Rating: 5 stars 11 reviews
Issues: Human Services
Location: PO Box 7729 C/O Janet S Patry New York NY 10150 USA
Results: Specific Projects Accomplished in 2012/2013: - Provided free classes to the community including: Personal Empowerment, Sports and Life Skills, Basic and Intermediate English, Jewelry and Handbag Design and Sandal Making. - Funded empowerment and self esteem programs for at risk children including: Yoga and relaxation, a day trip to an arts center, outing to annual farming exhibition. - Launched Business Workshop program, allowing participants to take the skills they learned in our empowerment classes and turn them into an income generating business. - Began providing secondary school sponsorships for several youth in the community by acquiring funding for tuition fees. - Worked with Community Development Board to petition local government to address need for clean running water and paved roads in community. - Funded and worked with Community Development Board on "Peace Pledge" project in anticipation for March 4, 2013 Kenyan elections - engaging 1,000 locals to commit to a peaceful process. - Funded local girls’ soccer team’s trip to Kilifi in Kenya to compete in their first large tournament – empowering girls through sports and enhancing self esteem and team building skills. - Partnering with local community women and outside company on testing of pilot Washable Sanitary Napkin project.
Target demographics: empower residents of this low-income community acquire the tools and skills necessary to build better lives.
Direct beneficiaries per year: R2T directly benefits the community of Kabira by providing free empowerment, skills training and income generating classes based on the needs outlined by the community members themselves. R2T also directly supports the Neemaland Kings & Queens Center, a children's home for orphaned, abandoned, and at risk children. R2T provides basic needs by funding; rent, food, water, clothing, shoes, medical needs, other supplies, and more.
Geographic areas served: R2T currently works in Kabiria, an informal settlement community in the Dagoretti Division of Nairobi, Kenya. Kabiria is an extremely low income area. Found on Kabiria Road in Waithaka Location, Kabiria consists of small pockets of “parkings” on private land. The shanties are on small plots of land owned by individuals, who are unable to construct adequate housing. Adjoining the shanties are high-rise buildings and permanent bungalows.
Programs: Current Programs Include: Personal Empowerment, Sports and Life Skills, Basic and Intermediate English, Jewelry and Handbag Design, and Sandal Making classes, and Business Workshops.
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Right 2 Thrive was introduced to me, by its founder, Janet Patry. From the moment Janet began this organization, her passion for it has become contagious. She believes not only in what she and her organization are doing, but she believes in the children and people of Kenya. Her story is an inspirational one. She went to Kenya as a volunteer and fell in love with the people. She wanted to help them to help themselves. I have donated to Right 2 Thrive on various occasions. Each time I was able to see (through photographs, video and online posts) the impact my donations are having on the lives of the people in Kenya. Right 2 Thrive works to create self sustaining communities through education. I
Right 2 Thrive's work does not only reach those in Kenya. Janet Patry reaches out to young people here in the United States as well. She has visited my alma mater, Sacred Heart Academy. At SHA, she worked with the young women to find their passion within. She called them to action. She asked them to reach out and make the world a better place for all of us. They have found ways to give, not only to Right 2 Thrive, but to others as well.
I was able to attend a presentation that Janet gave to students in 3rd and 4th grade. Janet educated the students on the geography, culture and economy of Kenya. She passed around examples of currency and crafts made by Kenyans. The children learned that though they are thousands of miles away and technologically more advanced, the children in Kenya were very similar to children here. She again called these children to action, asking them to do small things to make the world a better place.
I was also able to attend a Right 2 Thrive fundraiser in Janet's hometown. The outpouring of support that evening and in the weeks that followed were truly inspirational! Janet and the Right 2 Thrive organization have made each donor feel as though they are truly part of the organization, not just a bystander. Right 2 Thrive provides many updates on what they are doing in Kenya. They utilize not only their website, but social media, like Facebook, to keep their supporters constantly updated. I know the people there, in Kenya, by name, even though I have never met them. I really feel the difference my donations make!
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