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Dear IAGI Member,

In Onginyo, Kenya—an area with the highest concentration of HIV and AIDS in the world—there is an orphanage with 263 brilliant students aged 3-13 in need of assistance for a better life. They are students at KEGO, where they receive meals, education and a chance for something greater than the circumstances they were involuntarily born into.

I was introduced to KEGO a year ago and after seeing the students’ needs with my own eyes I realized this was my time to make a difference. Since January my company and family have donated money to KEGO for books, clothes, food, school supplies, teachers’ salaries and more. We have also purchased 1.5 acres for KEGO to build a playground, grow their own garden and establish their own aquaponics system.  However, KEGO is still in need of support and I am inviting you to join our mission.

While providing the basics, KEGO is a very simple operation. There is no fresh water for kids to drink, no playground or play area to play on, and toilets are holes dug into the ground. Despite these obstacles, the students arrive each day in their uniforms, smiles on their faces, ready to learn. In fact, the school ranked number two in test scores in the region.

As Chairman of the Give Back Program for IAGI, I am asking for donations of any kind, be it time, money or resources. There is always a need for hands-on support at the orphanage or for those who prefer cash donations we have established Rippling Waters Charity, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization to benefit KEGO.

To donate to this worthy cause, visit www.ripplingwaterscharity.org. There you will find more information about this effort and a donation portal. If you need more information, please contact me. I would be delighted to answer your questions. I can be reached at (303) 841-5780 or jheap@coloradolining.com.

I look forward to partnering with you on this exciting mission and to see the impact we can have on the lives of children in need.

Sincerely,

John Heap

 
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