Hope for a Better Future

In 2009 a Canadian couple with a dream...

and $1000 in their nonprofit bank account were inspired to build schools in Kenya for refugees displaced by political and tribal violence. Stu McLaren, an internet marketer and his wife, Amy,
a second grade teacher, wanted to bring two things to these communities: hope and education. To make it happen they co-founded an organization now called Village Impact.

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Pete and Ellyn jumped in with enthusiasm – fundraising, traveling, actually building schools in Kenya with their own hands – and they report, “Our lives have been enriched in ways we never could have imagined.”

Since then, Pete and Ellyn have visited Kenya six times to help Village Impact build 13 schools. In keeping with their commitment to therapy, they spearheaded the development of a counseling program for the schools in these refugee communities, and every other week they provide support to the counselors there. Ellyn is honored to serve on the board of Village Impact. You may have read about some of their experiences in blog posts.

To spread the joy, we’ve gathered several blog posts and photos from the last 5 years. They tell a remarkable story.

Here are some of the topics we've
covered based on our experience in Kenya.

There is a lot we can learn about the power of community in healing. Whether you catch our fever-pitch enthusiasm, or just feel a warm, hopeful glow, you will surely be touched by the inspiring work of this small organization.

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Asante sana!

That’s Swahili for “thank you very much.”

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