Stuff a Stocking for a Kenyan Child

Where did the summer go? It’s September and the holidays will be here before we know it. While the sun is still shining here in England, it’s a good time to start thinking about giving.

Many of us have a long list of gifts to buy for family and friends for the holiday season. At Be Leadership, our shopping list extends to 100 preschool children from Kenya. If you’d like to get involved, we welcome your support.

At Be Leadership, we are passionate about creating a better world through the development of social leaders. To support this, we have developed the Beautiful World Campaign, whose goal is to create connections between communities, organizations and individuals for greater impact.

For the second year, we are sponsoring the Stuff a Stocking campaign, a project to bring the magic of the holidays to children in Kenya. This project provides stockings filled with books, toys,  crafts, sweets and hygiene products to 100 Kenyan children who are attending pre-school at The Karibu Centre in Thika, outside of Nairobi.

 

The Karibu Centre is a community program that offers pre-school, after school programs, and job readiness training for underprivileged families in Kenya. Their programs help children who may not otherwise be ready for state education prepare for school through high-quality, interactive learning. We are proud to partner with The Karibu Centre to offer some holiday love to the kids at Karibu by stuffing a stocking to be donated to each of their pre-school children.

If you are interested in supporting this project or learning more please get in touch today! If you would like to learn more about The Karibu Centre and their amazing work, or make a monetary donation to their work, please visit: www.thekaribucentre.com.

About the Beautiful World Campaign

The Beautiful World Campaign creates positive connections between communities, purpose-driven organizations and individuals. We work with selected people and organizations to establish meaningful connections, then support these relationships through clear contracting between the parties, through coaching, specialized training or consulting services from experienced members of the Be Leadership team, and through selected financial support.

Stuff a Stocking: Bring the Magic of the Holidays to a Kenyan Child

At Be Leadership, we are passionate about creating a better world through the development of social leaders. To support this, we have developed the Beautiful World Campaign, whose goal is to create connections between communities, organizations and individuals for greater impact.

This holiday season, as part of the Beautiful World Campaign, we are sponsoring a project to bring the magic of the holidays to some children in Kenya. This Stuff a Stocking campaign will provide stockings filled with books, toys,  crafts, sweets and hygiene products to 100 Kenyan children who are attending pre-school at The Karibu Centre in Thika, outside of Nairobi.

The Karibu Centre is a community program that offers pre-school, after school programs, and job readiness training for underprivileged families in Kenya. Their programs help children who may not otherwise be ready for state education prepare for school through high-quality, interactive learning. We are proud to partner with The Karibu Centre to offer some holiday love to the kids at Karibu by stuffing a stocking to be donated to each of their pre-school children.

If you are interested in supporting this project please get in touch today! If you would like to learn more about The Karibu Centre and their amazing work, or make a monetary donation, please visit: www.thekaribucentre.com.

About the Beautiful World Campaign

The Beautiful World Campaign creates positive connections between communities, purpose-driven organizations and individuals. We work with selected people and organizations to establish meaningful connections, then support these relationships through clear contracting between the parties, through coaching, specialized training or consulting services from experienced members of the Be Leadership team, and through selected financial support.

 

What is Your Side Hustle?

Last week I had the privilege of being part of a team delivering a leadership development experience in Nairobi. As part of the program, we visited many local non profit organisations and met with Kenyan entrepreneurs. In one of the earlier conversations, a local leader mentioned her “side hustle.”

My last visit to Kenya was in 2010, and this term never came up during that trip. In fact, I had never heard the term at all before last week, but it quickly became familiar: As the week went on, I noticed that people brought up their side hustles in nearly every conversation I was part of. People were as likely to talk about their side hustle as they were their primary jobs, their families, or their education.

Kenya has quite an established gig economy and much of the population works in relatively short-term, simultaneous parallel contracts. Many others are looking for a second income stream to support a better lifestyle. According to a recent study, more than 40% of the Kenyan youth have a hustle, the second highest in Africa after Nigeria. However, what I learned from my conversations is that frequently side hustles are more than just a second source of income. I met people with side hustles as diverse as mobile phone repair, graphic design, hiring out tents for weddings and corporate events, selling crafts at a Maasai Market, and farming. Some people even mentioned their master’s degree or volunteering activity. Immediate income wasn’t necessarily a prerequisite – but passion seemed to be.

People’s eyes would light up when they talked about their side hustles. These were projects that people chose to spend time on. They were passion projects they made time for on the side, which often gave them energy as well as income. I heard about the number of acres a senior manager was farming and how she was distributing her produce. I learned about the techniques used to weave baskets being sold at the market. I heard about the number of hours a volunteer worked with the Kenyan Red Cross, and the number of phones repaired in a standard week. I heard all of these stories and left inspired.

I think we all need a side hustle.

What is yours?

 

 

 

(If you want to learn more about Kenyan side hustles, check out this list of side hustle ideas, or these inspiring women who have established successful hustles based on their hobbies and interests.)