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, 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." 
To read this article in full CLICK



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 
Kids Inspiring Kids Donation LinkCLICK


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