CHES Steak Night Fundraiser – Saskatoon 24 October 2017

Our CHES (Canadian Harambee Education Society) fundraiser for Water Security at the Katesh CHES Hostel was held at the Sutherland Bar in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. with supper at 6:30 p.m. The meal was a choice of steak, chicken breast or veggie burger, along with caesar salad, potato wedge fries and garlic toast. There was musical entertainment by “After Four”.

Tickets were only $20.   Over $8000 was raised through a silent auction,  tickets, book donations and from many donations.

The CHES hostel, located in Katesh, Tanzania, accommodates up to 100 CHES sponsored girls.  The complex has experienced water shortages in the last few years due to an aging municipal infrastructure and insufficient regional rainfall.  This year’s fundraiser will provide water security for the hostel in the form guttering and storage tanks.

Peninsula U-Brew Winery “Customer Appreciation Day”

Peninsula U-Brew Winery Fundraiser
Peninsula U-Brew Winery Fundraiser

On Saturday, June 28, 2017, Peninsula U-Brew Winery in Sidney, B.C. held their annual customer appreciation day. CHES directors Chris and Catriona Harker were again invited to attend to talk about CHES with anyone interested and to sell tickets for the various raffles and fund raising ideas that were on offer throughout the day.

Everyone enjoyed the bright sunny day. How could they not? The weather was perfect, the burgers were delicious, the beer cold and the wine chilled. In addition, the prize-to-ticket ratio encouraged many to buy raffle tickets.

By day’s end over $900 had been raised; enough to maintain the scholarship for Jeniva Daxho, the lovely young Tanzanian girl sponsored by PUBW; plus an additional generous donation.

CHES appreciates the initiatives of small businesses such as Peninsula u-Brew Winery that go out of their way to support us.

We Have Built A Safe House

Thanks to a couple of VERY generous donations a couple of years ago, we have been able to purchase a plot of land in Kakamega, Kenya and over the last 8 months, have been able to construct a wall, guard house and combined CHES House and Office. A smaller version of what we have in Katesh.

We moved into the complex in April 2017. We are delighted and excited as this will save us the rental costs we have been paying for years and years..

Phase 1: was the wall and guard shelter

Phase 2: was the House and Office.

Phase 3: we were not able to immediately add a proposed SAFE HOUSE as we had run out of money.  We felt we needed it for three reasons:

a) Girls who come into town from afar as required by CHES and cannot get home the same day will have a place to overnight safely. Local Hotels and Guest Houses are not always safe places for a young, unsupervised girl. There are also girls who, on rare occasions, may feel that even going home, may not be in their best interests. The same haven will be available for them.

b) We sometimes hire CHES grads to work in our office during peak periods (selection of girls or during workshops). We cannot afford to pay them much and if they live some distance away, their modest payment is eaten up by transport (taxi) costs. Hence they can stay in the Safe House at no cost while so employed.

c) We generally have a Canadian Agent living in Kakamega. There is Agent accommodation in the main CHES House/Office. On rare occasions or during switch-over periods when agents overlap each other, accommodation is required for the second agent.

The cost of construction was estimated to be $29,000. A remarkable donation of $15,000 got us started and other donations large and small enabled us to begin construction in the Spring of 2017.  It opened for use in November, 2017.

Our deepest thanks to all those who made this happen.