Amazon Smile, Donate When You Shop

Amazon Smile, Donate When You Shop

Amazon gives .5% of all your purchases to your favorite non-profit, with no extra cost! It’s quick and easy: Go to smile.amazon.com Pull down the tab at the top of the screen and select “The Giving Exchange“ Every time you shop on Amazon, go to the above web page and then shop TGE gets 1% of …

We Need You

We Need You

Dear friends of The Giving Exchange (TGE), If you are interested in helping TGE make a difference in the world, we have a special message for you. TGE is a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the economic and social conditions of underprivileged communities around the world by promoting sustainable initiatives and connecting people …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 6

Today was probably the most challenging day of the whole trip, for part of our staff. We unfortunately did not have enough room in the schedule to fit in a full-day and full-team visit to the Rhema Trust facility, where we helped set up a library, so we decided to split the team up on …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 5

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 5

Today we had our second TGE visit to the Bahati Rehabilitation Center. This is an all-boys children’s home with the mission of getting street boys off the street and getting them clean and sober. Sadly, it is common for boys in Kenya to drop out of school and live on the streets, and many of …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 4

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 4

Day 4 was a much needed free day! Our team had three choices: The first group went to a wildlife reserve with the Morning Star kids. TGE rented a huge bus, and 19 children were able to go see wild animals on safari. The 19 kids were chosen based on who had improved their grades …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 3

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 3

On Day 3, the TGE team visited a children’s home called Ebenezer. Since it was located in the slums, the girls wore long skirts. I didn’t pack enough long skirts, so all the ladies shared while we adjusted. It’s taken 3 days to “get used” to the conditions here. All of the red dirt that …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 2

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 2

On Sunday morning, half of the team went to church with the Morning Stars children, while the other half worked on miscellaneous projects around the campus: chopping firewood, tidying the meeting area, preparing the week’s activities, sorting out supplies. I was part of the group that went to church. I am not religious, but God …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 1

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 1

The whole second group is here, and there are 16 of us! We start our week with breakfast and a tour of Morning Stars Ministries– our home for the next week. Before making name badges and mingling for the first time, each person is asked to describe themselves and tell the group what brought them …