About KIK

There are over two million orphans in Uganda and over 50% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 15. Many countries, including Uganda, in Africa have been ravaged and torn apart by AIDS and war leaving millions of innocent children on the streets and without a family. Many of these children find their way to the inner city and join a gang inside a ghetto just to survive. The streets are littered with abandoned and/or orphaned children. Many die from malnutrition and starvation. Others die from diseases such as malaria and typhoid. Their numbers are too great and yet they are an unnumbered population. They have become to their society, disposable. However, there are those who refuse to accept these facts as the only answer. Kids Inspiring Kids plans on “Inspiring Nations One Life at a Time”.

Vision:

Kids Inspiring Kids is a non-profit 501(c) 3 Corporation in the USA. The Parent Organization is The International Fellowship of Ministries. Kids Inspiring Kids can issue tax deductible receipts for any money or goods received.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The REFUGEE CRISIS you haven't heard about

Aerial view of Bidi Bidi refguee camp
When most people think of the "refugee crisis" their mind often goes to Syria or the middle east in general. I doubt most people would even think about Uganda, but they should. In fact, the world's largest refugee camp is IN Uganda.

Uganda has taken in 1.3 million people in the past 12 months alone from neighboring countries. Most have come from Southern Sudan because of the famine and conflict.
A year ago Greece and Turkey bore the brunt of the world's worst refugee crisis. Newspapers and television bulletins were full of stories about the influx of a million people in Europe, fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East or Africa.
Now, an even bigger refugee crisis is unfolding, not in Europe but in Africa. But it has had far less media coverage, and most people do not even know it is happening.
Uganda is now in the middle of the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.
In the past 12 months, Uganda has taken in more than Greece, Turkey or any other country in the world at the height of last year's crisis in Europe.
Every day 2,000 people cross Uganda's borders. They are fleeing famine, drought, and violence. 6 million struggle to find food. This is the highest level of food insecurity the country has ever seen.
According to the UN: almost 276,000 people are estimated to be severely malnourished and in need of immediate life-saving aid.
The lack of access to clean water is also a major issue. It is the cause of death for most children. Since last December roughly two new refugee camps open up each month to accommodate the influx of people to the area. 
Refugees gather. In March 2017 2.8k people arrived every day from Sudan

James Elder, from the UN children's agency UNICEF has said that Uganda has shown an extraordinarily progressive and open-door policy to refugees. So much so, many South Sudanese are expected to stay in Uganda indefinitely. What you won't see in the news is that the government won't even let local Ugandan's return to their land after their own 20-year war. Ugandan refugees are now squatting on land that belongs to the Ugandan government and now the government wants it back. This displaced hundreds of thousands of internal refugees while the influx of foreign refugees continues. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the country is now massively overstretched. UN agencies and NGOs are struggling to provide enough food, water, medicines and other services needed to sustain such a huge population. The Ugandan Government is seeking around $8 billion in humanitarian assistance.
“Uganda has continued to maintain open borders,” said Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s prime minister. “But this unprecedented mass influx is placing enormous strain on our public services and local infrastructure.” Feargal O’Connell, the regional director of the aid group Concern, “what’s needed is a durable peace so all refugees feel comfortable enough to return home. What’s needed, though, in the short term is funding.”
Over 270,000 refugees in one camp
This small African country about the size of Oregon is surrounded by conflict nations: Kenya, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania. By the end of 2006, a war the world forgot about was coming to an end, but Northern Uganda was still reeling from the devastation that Kony and his Lords Resistance Army had wrought. The people of Northern Uganda, mostly the Acholi people were now left in Internally Displaced Persons Camps (IDP camps). After over 20 years of survival, many of these people had no skills sets and no place to return "home" to. 
A group of them found their way to the Banda Ghetto outside of Kampala. Kids Inspiring Kids has been working with these people for over the past decade. This crisis is a complicated one. There isn't an easy solution, but KIK is making a difference. 
A lot of people are familiar with the viral video that explains the global issue of refugees. Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs - Watch here 
Everyone has a different take on this. It is more of a statement of fact than a solution to the issues at hand, but there is something incredibly evident...even if you let all the refugees into other countries, it doesn't help the root issues or the people that currently reside in those other countries that are having to face the strain it puts on the host's economy. 
Place of Refuge Village addresses a large section of these problems. It relocates internal refugees and resettles them onto land that has clear land title and sustainability. Having worked with the same people group for over ten years has allowed for the development of skills sets needed for SELF-sustainability. 
This solution will have a Generational Impact. This isn't about putting a band-aid on a problem and hoping it will just work itself out. This is about changing a nation. If you were to have asked the people group we work with ten years ago what their biggest dream was, it was to get out of Africa. They thought that maybe if they were just able to go to America or the UK THEN they could have a better life. Now, if you were to ask them they are hopeful about changing the world around them, right where they are. They want to make a better life for themselves and their family and they are excited about the Place of Refuge Village. It has been a complete mindset shift. They are now realizing they have everything they need to have a better life without having to get out of Africa. They are cautiously hopeful.
International governments are not always the solution and even more of an issue is how long legislation takes. There are better solutions it just requires a little creativity and less temporary solutions. Often times it is up to dedicated individuals and organizations dedicated to making a difference that can move seemingly immovable mountains. 
Learn more about how Kids Inspiring Kids is addressing the refugee crisis in Uganda. 
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chores for Charity: KIK Charity Jar

At Kids Inspiring Kids we understand that the best way to make the biggest impact is to start with kids! Even in America we sometimes lose hope as we get older and our dreams become dampened with the reality of everyday life. But if you ask a kid what they want to be when they grow up, they often have BIG goals. 
Through our volunteers and partners, we have had several kids directly involved in impacting our vision here in Uganda. This coming month we want to spotlight kids in the community under 18yrs old that want to make an impact with KIK. There are a lot of ways they can accomplish this:
One easy way to get your kids involved is Chores for Charity. For one month instead of paying out cash for chores around the house, fill a KIK Charity jar. At the end of the month send us the final amount labeled Chores for Charity and we will individually recognize each kid personally with a thank you card and photo from Uganda.
Challenge your kids to go above and beyond this next month. Show them that every little bit matters and counts when it comes to impacting the world around them.




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lira- Rebuilding After the War

Recently, Kids Inspiring Kids as well as an American volunteer, Jeff, traveled to Lira in Northern Uganda. While they were there they met some amazing people who will become an integral part of helping the people in the Banda Acholi Quarters. A counselor will be coming to the Quarters next month to help the people with PTSD from all of the trauma they have suffered. We are very excited to partner with amazing locals. 






These women will come to the Banda Quarters to council our people with PTSD



"The Lord’s Resistance Army has been fighting the Government of Uganda since the mid-1980s. In all, the conflict is estimated to have killed tens of thousands and forced nearly 2 million Ugandans to flee their homes, while also spilling over into Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo." - UN.org
"The first major step forward came in August 2006 when the two sides signed a cessation of hostilities agreement which has since been converted into a formal ceasefire...This was followed in mid-2007 by the signing of agreements setting out the broad contours of a final settlement based on comprehensive solutions to the conflict – including measures to address the economic, political and social difficulties in northern Uganda, as well as a set of principles on human rights, accountability and reconciliation." -UN.org

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Buy a Shirt, Support a Village

#BuyaShirtSupportaVillage

Kids Inspiring Kids is building a new sustainable village for 3000 Acholi people that currently reside in the Banda Acholi Quarters. These incredible people have endured so much in their lifetimes, and yet again face adversity as the city of Kampala plans to reclaim their land and demolish their living quarters in the next 1-2 years. This will displace thousands of Acholi families, inevitably resulting in many deaths. 
When you purchase a shirt you not only have the opportunity to support the building of Place of Refuge Village, you also can proudly display the charity you helped support by wearing the shirt you receive. 
#BuyaShirtSupportaVillage on your social media once your shirt is shipped! 








Less than $20 will save thousands of lives.


Click this LINK  or the photo above to see additional details. We are halfway to our goal with 20 days left in the campaign.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Safari Tents...and how YOU can help right NOW!

As we establish a strong foundation and consistent supervision, we want to move a few anchor families out in the next couple of months to provide essential leadership.
The beauty is that these tents can be set up quickly, are easily movable as we build and grow, and allow us to transition these families to the village much sooner than anticipated.
$3,500 will provide one 16' x 24' tent and all interior furnishings for 4 people. Six tents would help us move families out more quickly filling this foundational leadership need.
This is a gift that will keep on giving! As we are able to build permanent housing, we will continue to use the tents for work groups and visiting teams.
Thank you for your help friends!


How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. Click: DONATE
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. Contact Nicole at nicole@kidsinspire.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Next Phase....pigs, cows and chickens!

With the completion of the second well on the Place of Refuge Land, we are now entering the next phase!
This phase will cost about $60k and consist of clearing land and starting to build the homes that the relocated families will live in. Click on the photo for more Village information and to make a donation.

The purchase of animals will help us clear the land naturally and provide food. 








Buy a PIG for $90.00 USD








Buy a COW for $250.00 USD








Buy a CALF for $100.00







Buy a CHICKEN for $10.00 USD







Buy a GOAT for $30.00 USD







Buy a PIGLET for $25.00 USD













We also will be purchasing a brick maker. This machine mixes mud with concrete and makes strong bricks that don't have to be fired in a kiln. It is also more efficient and faster. The local bricks deteriorate after some time, but bricks made with the brick maker will last a lot longer, provide better insulation and weather the elements more effectively. 


Click on the photos to make a DONATION at the bottom of the page and mark the PayPal notes accordingly. OR send a check to the address below marked accordingly. 

Thank you to everyone who is supporting and continues to support our efforts in Uganda, Africa.


How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. Click: DONATE
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. Contact Nicole at nicole@kidsinspire.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

How Many People Does it Take To Dig a Well?!





Kids Inspiring Kids currently has two American volunteers in Uganda, Africa helping to dig wells on Place of Refuge Village land. These wells are the foundation for everything else to come. Water is life. 








The volunteers were greeted in the Banda Acholi Quarters with a celebration of local singing and dancing. They even got to participate with local drums and instruments. 



In Uganda, we have only two seasons since we are located on the equator, dry and rainy season. During rainy season the roads are treacherous and mud slides are common, but in dry season everyone hopes that they have enough reserve water saved to last until the next rainy season. The city water is run by the government and sometimes it turns off, for no rhyme or reason.






The first well had to be dug 30 feet down, which is about 10 feet deeper than originally planned, but it has about a 15-foot pocket. 
The adventure to dig this well was not without its hardships. These water wells will be used to make bricks, laundry, cooking, etc.


The car broke down getting out to the land, the casing on the well broke...TIA (this is Africa). When something goes wrong and/or breaks, unfortunately, there is not a Home Depot down the road to keep the work moving at a smooth pace. The work is also incredibly labor intensive and with the heat and humidity, it only adds to the challenges. All of the hard work is worth it though.


There is a lot of work still to be done. We need your help. Visit the Meeting Needs link on our website for current and immediate needs.
Contact our PR Manager Nicole with any additional questions: nicole@kidsinspire.com
Visit our Facebook Page for more photos, videos, live streams and information. 



How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. Click: DONATE
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. Contact Nicole at nicole@kidsinspire.com

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Story of Ketty Adong

The story you are about to read truly represent the experiences that nearly all of these
survivors have endured. They have been through more in their short lives than any of us
can imagine. Yet, they somehow find incredible strength and hope.
This story is entirely factual and is written unedited in the voice of
the survivor. Please be aware that these are emotionally sensitive and graphic depictions
of struggles.

I was 19 years old and I just had a baby with my husband. I went to the village to see
my family in Lira when the rebels came and took my brother, my sister and me. They
tied us all together with ropes as they started marching to where we didn’t know. It
was raining hard and the going was not easy. One of the boys that were with us was
commanded to go into a shop and bring out items for the rebels. He refused and was
shot to death. The rebels used fear tactics and threats of death to keep us marching
and to stay with them. We finally reached a place called Orumu where the rebels put
us into groups to do certain jobs. I was given the job of cooking for the bosses. They
demanded I cook for them even when food was not available. If there were any
complaints then we were beaten and threatened with death. As we moved many people
died and I lost hope for living. From Orumu we traveled to Karamoja district. It was
here that they told us drink milk mixed with blood. When I refused I knew that it
was the end of me but I was able to pretend that I drank it and was spared. One day
an airplane flew overhead and started bombing where we were. Many were wounded
and several died. We fled and crossed the Moroto River. Life was getting harder with
nothing to eat and only dirty water to drink. We continued to march to the border of
Sudan. The rebel group went back down into Uganda and continued to kill people.
They cut mouths and ears off of people just because. People in the group became sicker and weaker. When they could no longer move the rebels asked them if they wanted to rest. If their answer was yes then they were shot and given a “permanent rest”. We reached Gulu and we had to look for food. They ambushed people taking food to sell at the market. Many people were killed and others captured. There was a pregnant woman that was captured and when the rebels found out they put her to death immediately. The rebels only like you to be pregnant by them. I got pregnant by one of the rebels and I was very sick. There was not enough food to sustain me and
my legs were not working properly. I was left, because I couldn’t walk, which was a
miracle that I wasn’t killed. I waited for four days when some people found me and
took me to a place where I could rest. I buried my clothes as I didn’t want to
remember the time in the bush. I gave birth to a baby boy who eventually died. I
made my way to Kampala to stay with a sister and her husband. At first, they didn’t
believe that it was really me and that I was alive. I was taken to a hospital. I was told
I have TB. I ended up in the Banda Acholi Quarters and have been working towards
a life outside of the Bush. I have two children and am trying to help three others that
belonged to my sister who died. One of my biggest problems is that I cannot go back
to my village as people there think I am the one who caused the death of the boy who
refused to get things out of the shop for the rebels. All I want now is a place to go
where I have enough food, shelter and to make a better life for me and my children.


You can be a part of helping Ketty and her family find a better life. We are building Place of Refuge Village. Learn more by clicking this link. 

How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. Click: DONATE
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. 


Contact our PR manager Nicole: nicole@kidsinspire.com for more information

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We cannot do it alone


Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

Lying, thinking Last night
How to find my soul a home 
Where water is not thirsty 
And bread loaf is not stone 
I came up with one thing 
And I don’t believe I’m wrong 
That nobody, But nobody 
Can make it out here alone. 
Alone, all alone 
Nobody, but nobody 
Can make it out here alone. 
There are some millionaires 
With money they can’t use 
Their wives run round like banshees 
Their children sing the blues 
They’ve got expensive doctors 
To cure their hearts of stone. 
But nobody No, nobody 
Can make it out here alone. 
Alone, all alone 
Nobody, but nobody 
Can make it out here alone. 
Now if you listen closely 
I’ll tell you what I know 
Storm clouds are gathering 
The wind is gonna blow 
The race of man is suffering 
And I can hear the moan, 
‘Cause nobody, But nobody 
Can make it out here alone. 
Alone, all alone 
Nobody, but nobody 
Can make it out here alone.
At KIK we have a BIG vision for the people of Uganda. Place of Refuge Village is place of Hope, Inspiration, a HOME. 
How to Donate 1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. 2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds. 3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account.
For More Information If you are interested in having a volunteer from Kids Inspiring Kids provide you more information, please use the email address provided on this page to contact us. We would gladly make arrangements to meet with you in person, via skype, or on the phone to discuss the project in more detail. The fundraising team is available to give presentations to individuals or groups interested in learning more about our efforts and opportunities for philanthropy. nicole@kidsinspire.com 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We are on TV!

Click to Watch KIK on Nebraska TV morning show

Segment of Director Tomi's interview this morning is NOW posted at the link above. Visit our Facebook page to see additional clips!

CLICK: Kids Inspiring Kids Facebook


Friday, February 3, 2017

Land AHOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 0.318497 lat, 31.964672 long - Land Coordinates

The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
-Maya Angelou
To build the foundation of anything worth building takes time. Eleven years ago Kids Inspiring Kids set out to build something that would last for, not just years, but generations. Working diligently with the same group of people for all these years we are seeing tangible changes within a community that we were told would never change. Building a foundation of hope is a hard thing to do for a country torn apart by generations of war and disease. Hope unfounded is a waste of these people’s time. Diligently, and day by day we have laid each seed and 2017 is the year of the harvest.




 KIK now owns 97 acres of land near Lake Wamala. There are crops in area including, but not limited to, coffee, corn, cassava (yucca), sweet potato and passion fruit. There is clay for bricks and a water source less than 25 feet from the surface. Electricity is less than 1 kilometer away that we can tap into as well. Being so near Lake Wamala, there is a stream that flows across the property.

Negotiations for the land took several weeks and were finalized with a cash purchase. Checks aren't really used often here in Uganda, but it works out in our favor due to the exchange rate. Needless to say, walking around the streets of Kampala with a backpack full of millions of Ugandan shillings, was an adventure. 

This land is the beginning of Place of Refuge Village.  Within a year 97 acres will become almost 500 acres as we finalize the purchase of the land available. The first thing we are building is a water-well. Without a sustainable water source we cannot begin the building process. The next step will be to construct a barracks for volunteers and carpenters to live in while the building phase is on-going. We need boots on the ground. Anyone with any skills sets able to contribute to the beginning phases of this project are greatly needed. Eleven years went by in the blink of an eye; this coming year will pass in the snap of a finger. 

We cannot wait any longer. The Kampala City government is reclaiming the land the current Banda Ghetto sits on and thousands will be displaced, again. These people deserve the basic human right of a place to call home. Our hearts cry for these incredible and fortuitous Acholi people and the struggles they have faced thus far in life, but it is time to take swift action. They are ready, and so are we.



Just as KIK has diligently served these people for the past decade, these people have also shown their diligence with their willingness to inspire those around them and rebuild their families through our programs provided. We are so excited to show them what can happen when you step out in faith and trust God.



Please consider being a part of a Place of Refuge Village for these inspiring people. Whether it is through a monetary donation or a volunteer opportunity, we want you to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to affect thousands of people’s lives.
We can help you set up an incentive program for your co-workers, church members and/or business associates to plan a volunteer trip to Uganda, just inquire directly with Nicole at nicole@kidsinspire.com

How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. Click: DONATE
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. 


Contact our PR manager Nicole: nicole@kidsinspire.com for more information

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2016 Tax Receipts

2016 tax receipts have gone out. If we do not have your email address they have been sent to you via mail and you should receive them soon.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our efforts last year. KIK cannot accomplish what we need to without the dedicated help of our amazing sponsors and donors. From the bottom of all of our hearts, thank you.

We know that 2017 is going to be the biggest year yet! Details to come...


Please let us know if you have any further questions at:
info@kidsinspire.com


Friday, January 27, 2017

The Story of Lillian Akot

The story you are about to read truly represents the experiences that nearly all of these Acholi survivors have endured. They have been through more in their lives than any of us can imagine. Yet, they somehow find incredible strength and hope through their strong faith. Even though they have some safety now from rebel attacks, they live in conditions that are not sustainable and once again place them in a fight for survival.
They deserve the simple essentials in life, which they cannot currently access. In short, they need a new place to call home, A Place of Refuge.
The stories we will be publishing in the weeks to come are entirely factual and are written unedited in the voice of these survivors.
Please be aware that these are emotionally sensitive and graphic depictions of their struggles.
Also, the photographs you will see are all originals taken of these people and their living conditions.

This is the story of Lillian:

In 1988 I was 18 years old and got married to my husband Peter who was 29 years old. He was training in Gulu hospital to be a lab technician. My cousin was also in this program and I used to visit her. This is how we met. After we were married we moved to Lugazi hospital where my husband was working. My husband died of cancer in 1993 from Lacho Hospital in Northern Uganda and then was taken to be buried in Kitgum. Unbeknown to me at the time, he was also HIV positive. I headed back to my home in Gulu with a three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl. Life was not easy and then when the LRA war started we were moved to an IDP camp called Koro. In the early part of 1994, I went to the village to see my father and decided to stay in the village. Little did I know that the rebels were already in place surrounding the village for the night. At 9:00 pm the rebels attacked. They killed my Mother and Father on the spot. My Dad was an electrician and the rebels had asked him to hook them up with something electrical. When he refused he was shot instantly. It was by God’s grace that I wasn’t also killed but they left me alone to mourn. I spent two years more in the IDP camp when a cousin called me to come to the Banda Acholi Quarters.
I remember the day as clear as a bell, January 2, 1996. I traveled with a convoy from the North for safety to Kampala. Today my oldest child is in his second year of University and my daughter is in Senior 6. I’ve worked rolling beads out of paper to make jewelry to sell and any other odd jobs that could be found to support my children in school (school is not free in Uganda). In 2003 I got sick and I tested positive for HIV. Life continued as I tried dealing with my sickness but it wasn’t easy. In 2008 my sister was murdered by her husband and I took in her three children including a baby. Life was not easy but through the assistance of the Jeremiah Women’s Group and Kids Inspiring Kids, the children were adopted to the United States of America in January 2010. I am currently a leader in the Jeremiah Women’s Group where I keep records, interpret and help wherever I’m needed.
At the end of 2009, I was feeling good and decided to go get HIV tested again. The results were negative. I’ve had three more tests since then and all of the results are negative. I have two more tests before they declare me HIV negative with a clean bill of health. I give all the glory to God and I can look forward to a home to call my own in the village knowing that I can live a long and satisfying life.






Learn how you can help Lillian and others like her achieve safety and a place to call home by donating to a Place of Refuge Village.

Visit our website: www.kidsinspire.com

How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. Click: DONATE
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. 

Contact our PR manager Nicole: nicole@kidsinspire.com for more information

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sustainability...what does that even MEAN?!



10 years ago we founded KIK with the idea of SUSTAINABILITY in mind, but honestly, what does that even mean? 


Nicole in the Banda Ghetto 2006
Tomi in the Banda Ghetto 2006
Ten years ago if you were to ask the community we work with what their dreams looked like, it was to get OUT of Africa; as soon as possible and for good. Not a single person looked at their current life, environment, country and thought to themselves that a better life where they were was even possible. It was absolutely heartbreaking. At KIK we wanted to change that, but we knew it would take time. We knew it would take SUSTAINABILITY on our end first in order to build a foundation these people could believe in. Now, here we are over ten years later and we are breaking ground within the next six months. 

BUT we cannot do this alone. We need the sustainability of our dedicated partners to accomplish this goal. 



I recently came across a blog post on www.nonprofitwithballs.com and it had some valid and incredible points on the struggles nonprofits face when it comes to aspects of internal sustainability. 

"Sustainability is in large part determined by funders, not nonprofits. As much as we love individual donors, many of us still rely on grants, and grants are usually small and one-year in duration. We get a bunch of one-year grants that are Frankensteined together to support programs, each one with their own set of demands and restrictions. As one ED puts it, “Why is fidelity to the mission so highly valued and expected of nonprofit leaders and staff but funders expect to ‘sleep around?‘ One year and you’re out. [They] don’t even come back and ask.” This lumbering, unwieldy, tenuous system is the antithesis of sustainability, so to ask how we nonprofits will maintain and grow our programs within it is kind of like setting a fire and asking how we will be putting it out." 

-We appreciate and value each and every dollar here at KIK. After over a decade of dedicated work with the people in Uganda, every penny goes exactly where it needs to go in order to properly sustain and fund our ongoing and future projects. 

"The nonprofit model is unique in that success at carrying out our missions leads to increasing costs, not revenues. The more successful programs are, the more clients they will serve, the more staff and other expenses will increase, without a proportionate increase in support."

-The bigger KIK gets and the more people we impact, the more partners we are going to need to come with us on this incredible journey. 


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"Point is, nonprofits and funders must be equal partners, with different but symbiotic roles, and sustainability of the work must be shouldered by both parties. We nonprofits think all the time about sustainability, even without being prompted, and we will continue to build strong programs and diversify our funding. Funders, as equal partners, should provide multi-year funds, general operating funds, capacity building assistance, and help connect us to other funders and partners. And come visit the programs once a while! We must work together to figure out how to sustain and advance the work. We have to because the needs of and challenges facing our communities are only going to increase." 
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How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization.
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at:
3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. 
Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. 
Contact: nicole@kidsinspire.com 
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Place of Refuge Village: A New Year, A New Hope


2017 is the year we break ground.
2017 is the year lives will be changed forever.
Kids Inspiring Kids has been laying the foundational groundwork in Uganda for the past ten years and now it is time. Our investment into this country and into these people has always been to establish a forever change. That takes time.
In 2006 when KIK was initially founded, if you were to ask the same people we work with now what their hope for the future was, their answer would be something along the lines of leaving Africa to have a better life. Now, armed with new skill sets and a hope for the future, they realize they can change the current world that they live in. Little by little there have been changes, both tangible and not. These Acholi people are ready to create a life for themselves where they can safely raise a family, and contribute to the community around them.
In 2017, this will now be a reality for them. They can feel it and so can we.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we continue to tell these people's amazing story and their continued journey to their Place of Refuge.

How to Donate
1. You can use our link on this page to donate through PayPal with your choice of funding. This can be as a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Please be aware that this method does result in a 3% surcharge to our organization. Click: DONATE
2. You can mail a check directly to “Kids Inspiring Kids” at 3601 Fowler Drive, Austin, Texas 78738. Please specify “Village Project” in a note or on the check so that we can appropriately direct your funds.
3. You can provide a check to one of our volunteer fundraisers to be deposited directly into the Kids Inspiring Kids account. 

Contact our PR manager Nicole: nicole@kidsinspire.com for more information