This Friday, yep 2 days from now, we will be launching a fund-raising campaign. The purpose of which is to raise money to finish the fence, build the barn (which will serve as our temporary house,) buy a generator and water tanks for The Shire. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to remind folks, and even inform new readers/followers who we are.
We are Johnny and Kate Brooks a couple from Texas. In 2005 we moved to Kenya with our 3 children. The purpose at the time was to encourage Kenyans to help each other, and create solutions to poverty, orphan-care, and other issues. In 2007 we opened our home up to 9 orphaned/abandoned girls and started calling our project A Future and a Hope. The goal was to create as close as possible a family situation. To replace what was missing from the girls' lives, functional family. It worked.
6 years later the girls have adjusted wonderfully and the family is working. We have our ups and downs, like a normal family would.
When we started out on this project we decided to not focus too much time and energy on fundraising. We wanted, and still want, to have relationships with people that are not based on how much money they can or do give, but instead want relationship for the sake of relationship. Follow us on Facebook and you will see posts about food, movies, books, our kids, Kenya, you know normal life stuff. The same type of stuff everyone else posts. (Except for those folks who only exist on social media for the sake of promoting their brands or themselves.) Things have changed a little bit.
We do have to think more about money now. 14 children need a lot of food, school, housing, and attention. We also have The Shire to develop and move out on. Prices have skyrocketed on just about everything over the past few years. It is still our committment to not make 100% of your interactions with us about money, but some of them will be. There is no way around it. We have no money of our own. We depend entirely on donations. If you do follow us closely you will see that the fundraising is not overbearing, and not 24 hours.
That being said once we start the campaign on Friday it will be intense for the 30 days. We hope that you will give, share the campaign, and help us to move out on The Shire.