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Guess who is turning 80?!

Our founder, our friend, our mum Kate!

Her success is our success.
Her girls are our girls.
Let’s celebrate together.
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Our gift to Kate is to continue to love and care for our 90 girls and to begin construction on her vision of a primary school that will be open in January 2020. Her vision and legacy must continue because the lives and futures of these girls depend on it. For her birthday, we are asking our donors to be as generous as possible to add another $50,000 to Kate’s Kids Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to deserving students including our girls and other qualifying children from the local community.



  • A very Happy Birthday and upcoming year to you Kate.

    Liz Cooper

  • I wish you a very happy, healthy 80th Birthday! You are an amazing, special woman, and an inspiration to me.

    Gwen Acker Wood

  • Happy Birthday, Mum Kate! I feel so lucky to know you and to be able to support you and all you do for the girls. I wish I could be there to celebrate your birthday!

    Love you,


  • Hello Kate from CA. We are so happy you are well and doing such fabulous work.

    Love always

    Jack Cummins & Peggy Kelly

  • Happy Birthday Kate. Keep leading the way and doing your inspirational work.

    Sandy Sauereisen

  • Happy Birthday, Kate! You have done amazing work since we met you in the early 80s! It is wonderful to see how your vision has grown, how many girls have benefited.

    Many blessings!


    Diann and Mike Sherwin

  • Dear Kate,

    Happy 80th Birthday. You are truly a blessing to the world and most especially to those you serve. Wishing you peace, health and joy always.


    Rita & Al Mannebach

  • So happy to have finally met you in person. Looking forward to celebrating your birthday!

    Brian Hayden

  • Dear Kate,

    It has been wonderful to follow the growth of your dream since we met you in Kenya. Fond best wishes for your birthday and for many more years of loving service to your girls.

    Mike and Diann Sherwin and Lib

  • Happiest 80th Birthday, Kate! Sorry I can't make it to the gala event, but you and your girls are never far from my thoughts. You gave the commencement address at our youngest son's graduation from Duquesne in 2012, and I visited Hekima Place the following summer while teaching in Kenya, accompanied by my favorite taxi driver Justus Ndungu. He was so delighted to be invited to share supper with you and the girls, each of whom introduced herself to us with such poise and confidence. Justus and I still talk about that wonderful experience, and we hope to return one day to see the new primary school. Congratulations, and may God continue to bless you and your work.

    Lee Cassanelli

  • Happy Birthday Dear Kate. I miss you very much.


    Jane Kucharski

  • Happy Birthday! I hope this small donation will help you reach your goal of $50K for the scholarship fund for the girls.

    Linda Hardick

  • Happy Birthday Kate!!!Wish I could be there to celebrate. Wishing you love, peace and good health. The world is blessed by your presence - THANK YOU.

    Kathy Kelly

  • God Bless you and wishing you a most blessed 80th birthday.

    Peg Gioella

  • Kate, we wish you a wonderful birthday! Enjoy the celebration!!!

    Paul and Nancy O'Brien

  • Happy Birthday, Kate! May God continue to bless you and your work for many, many more years to come!

    Patricia Schauble