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Fun family stats!

87.5% of our family is female.

12.5% is male

75% are over 13

25% are under 13

62% menstruate

We have 26 animals counting chicks

We have 3 full time (9-5 Mon through Friday staff) who rely upon us for their livelyhood

Donors helped us distribute over $1800 worth of menstrual cups to women in need last week.

We save donor money by not having utility bills nor rent nor much overhead.

All excess money is used to develop The Shire which helps orphans and us, and/or help people in need

Our BASIC monthly financial budget looks something like this:

52% goes to groceries or usually even more. (According to ibtimes and other sites, the average American spends less than 10% of their income on food).

20% goes to staff

8% goes to animal food and care

8% goes to Internet for 16 people

5% petrol for motorcycles and generator

4% school fees

1% gas for cooking

1% cell phone credit

1% transportation costs

We do however put a lot of resources in the Shire that are not included in our basic budget since they vary as resources come in.

For example, we need water tanks, a floor in the barn, and even a house.

Johnny and I do not have a personal budget. We don't pay ourselves. We do what we do because we want to.

We are simple, and we have very few luxuries... A bathtub would be a dream!

With that said, we try our best to be efficient and thoughtful with the donations that come in. We are not funded by big organisations, but instead by normal folks who find it in their hearts to hook up with what we are doing.

 

 

 


A BIG year

This month, I have been feeling so grateful and overwhelmed. I mean, this year, 2015, is a year of milestones, and they just keep buzzing around my head.

  • We have lived in Kenya TEN years. No back and forth trips to the USA. TEN years of living away from what used to be normal. Now I have forgotten the hustle and bustle of the average Westerner's life. Our life is simply complicated. We spend hunks of our days just trying to survive, keeping the kids clean and healthy, and preparing meals.
  • THIS month has been a big milestone for us, too. It is the month of love, right? Twenty years ago, I was 19, he was 21... Johnny and I got married. I am having quality time with Johnny every day this month focusing on him making me feel like I am 19 again! It is the best anniversary gift I can give. And it makes me feel loved back.
  • In April, I turn 40. Yup. I don't like to think I am almost 40, I still feel sixteen. With that said, I am not going to think on it much. My face is aging, and my soul has grown so much over the years, but when I hang around my friends who are in their 80's, I realize I have a lot to learn.