One of the children enjoying her new coat!

6th grade girls accepting our gift of science books from Eastport Elementary. Without Engilang'et, some of these girls would be forced into early marriage by age 14.

                    Anna’s School – Engaliet Primary School
Anna Mollel, a courageous and ingenious woman, is dedicated to providing inclusive education for children with special needs. That is why she began Engalang'iet Primary School in 2012. Not only does she have more than 230 children attending school there, but 20 of those children lived with her up until June of 2017 after which she had a dormitory built. All of the 27 children currently living there have a variety of special needs ranging from HIV to cerebral palsy to hydrocephelis. These children require special care, including costly doctor visits and sometimes surgery. Lengai, Oini and Leah needed to be seen by a doctor because of their special needs. By God’s grace we were able to bring them to see Dr. Maya at NSK . They each had x rays and a diagnosis. Leah and Oini needed surgery to correct limb deformities. Leah’s surgery cost $275 and Oini’s surgery and prosthesis was approximately $500.  Because of the special medical needs of these children we are working with Anna to get medical insurance for each child. Medical insurance is $25 a year for a child. The total for all 26 children living with Anna would be approximately $750 yearly. If you would like to sponsor medical insurance for one of the children, please go to the donate button and in the memo please write how you would like the money to be used. 

We send $400. monthly to support the tuition fees for these students and more. We send school supplies and teaching tools to the school.  In the spring of 2016 third grade students at Eastport Elementary did a school to school project called "World Read Aloud Day" with Engalang'iet students.We also do everything we can to help Anna and her school become fully self sustaining. We provided funds for a beehive project.
in the last 2 years, Seeds of Hope was able to provide Engalang'iet Primary  School with school supplies and science books for the 6th and 7th graders, thanks to Eastport Elementary School students and teachers. Eastport Fire Dept. donated 3 I Pads for the school's use which will afford children the access to  technology. Sweatshirts, clothing and games were provided courtesy of the friends of Mary Rodriguez of Catholic Home Health Care in Melville.  They also donated a basketball hoop and basketballs for the new basketball court we are building at the school. Thank you to everyone who has given support to help Anna’s mission of giving every child the chance for an education.

Anna asked us to help her  build a chicken coop for 200 chickens to help provide sustainability and an income generating project for the school. We sent her a donation to begin the project. If you would like to help buy more chickens, the suggested donation for each chicken is $10. It is our goal to have 200 chickens and raise funds for the chicken feed. 


                  Monduli Rehabilitation Center

Things at the center continue to improve. The 5 water cisterns that we built have certainly helped with the need for water. The garden we helped to improve on our trip in 2010 now provides the center with the food they need. Drip irrigation systems were purchased and installed to provide irrigation to improve the yield of the garden.

In August of 2019, Our generous supporters sent us off with 2 suitcases filled with PT equipment to help refurbish the physiotherapy room where so many children receive post surgical therapy and PT for children with cerebral palsy. Special thanks to the The Dallesander Family, Chrissy and Jon Mazura and      for their donations to help improve the lives of these children. People come from near and far to be treated at the center.
John Paul I Rehabilitaion Center, as it is known today , is directed by Mirele Kapilima, who once ran the physiotherapy program there. On our trip she and the children helped us brighten up the PT treatment rooms and the dining hall by painting and “putting their mark” on this place they call home during their recovery. This year we met Nessi, a 5 year old girl who needs assessment for a growth and development problem, and a boy who needs leg surgery due to a flouritis, a condition that leaves bones pliable due to excessive fluoride in the water. We also met two blind brothers, who often stay at the center when their school, Longidido , is closed for long holidays. Here they find comfort, food and care. We help to supply this center with water and money for surgeries throughout the year. On this trip we donated a 2 month supply of food. The severe drought this year left their 4 acres of maize regrettably unharvestable.

Blind brothers , Minyali and Jonas, singing a song which translates:
“The world is full of difficulties ,
May people have pity on those who are victims of difficulties,
We pray that people may provide food for those who are starving,
May provide shelter for those who are homeless,
We pray that people may provide clothing to those who are without.”

Needs for the center: hospital care and surgeries for children in need

Water and food

Caritas showing our volunteers Barbara and Jim the mushroom project we supported.

In 2017 we worked on a tree planting project with the children. We read a book together titled “Planting the Trees of Kenya”, a book about the importance of replanting trees. We got to work planting 50 trees on the grounds with the help of William from FOSECU and our SOH journeyers Mary Rose Rodriguez, Jim Linden, Melissa Battaglia, RaeAnn Mariella and Mary Rodriguez. We also helped beautify the play area by painting murals with the children. 

Breaking ground in August 2019 for new 1st grade classroom.

On our recent trip Jim Linden, Barbara Benedict and Seeds of Hope purchased food for the people in the village because of the desperate situation caused by the drought.

 Cannan Children's Center

Engalaoni- Our Masaai Friends

      One of our favorite projects we support is the Cannani Center. Here 46 orphaned children find shelter and a loving home. Half of the children

are HIV positive and require special diets and special care.

      On our visit in August 2019 we were met with hugs and joy . Thanks to so many of our amazing supporters we donated more than 60 coats to the children, teachers and house moms living here at the center. Here vulnerable children, receive excellent care and nurturing under the loving care of directors Alex and Caritas Lengeju. In the past we have supported them by funding a chicken project, bee hive project, mushroom project, and a reforesting project all aimed at making the center fully self sustaining. On this visit we were introduced to the pig project, their newest project to help the center’s sustainability and we watched as 15 piglets were born ! This project holds great promise and we hope you can help us support it. On our recent trip we bottled honey from the bee hives to sell at local markets. We even helped design the labels for the bottles! We love the work being done at this beautiful center on behalf of these nearly 50 children.

Needs and expenses for Cannani Center-

Pig project 
Paving Project $6000.

Health Insurance for the children: $30 per child per year- Friends of Mike Duerksen have helped tremendously with this project but it is an ongoing need for the center to insure good health care for the children.

New and ongoing projects and needs for Engilang'et Primary School and Dormitory:

Medical insurance for all 26 children $750 per year

Support for the medical care and education of

Leah, Ohini, Lengai, Nanyori and Obedi

   $400 monthly

​New Bathroom $780. (completed)

New well pump for reliable water source- a well that was dug in August 2019.


The new kitchen at St. Rose Academy. Grateful thanks to Therese Bodenstein

Thank you to Kelly DeChene and Barefoot Theater for donating $400 to repaint the dining hall and buy all the paints to brighten up the physical therapy room and the dining hall at the center!

St. Rose of Lima Academy Pre School and Kindergarten
The school in Olkokola, St. Rose of Lima Academy was completed in July 2017 with a PRE- K and Kindergarten class. In August 2019 we broke ground for our first grade classroom. As we await completion 26 new students have joined St. Rose Academy!  The people of the village are very proud of the new school and are hoping to add a new classroom each year so that as the children grow, so will the school! It is our sincere hope to help with this project in the coming years. One of our benefactors, Therese Bodenstein donated funds for a kitchen and store room for food. By government law, each full time school must have a kitchen to provide lunch for the children. For most of the children who attend our school, this meal will be their only meal of the day. During our visit we officially laid the foundation stone for the new classroom. As you can see in the photo, the school was made possible by the extraordinary efforts of Eastport Elementary Third Grade students years 2014 -2017. 

​​Needs and expenses for St Rose Academy
           Additional classroom for 2020-21      $10.000

​​Each year when we visit, we bring school supplies to  the center. Here are the teachers accepting the gifts. 

These photos show the completed water tanks which help the village in time of drought. We are still looking for a more permanent solution of a deeper well or larger reserve tank.

Our volunteers hard at work bottling honey, another project we supported at Cannan.


      Engalaoni is a village of about 750 Masaii people located high atop a hill outside of the city of Arusha. The one hour trip to the village takes us along difficult bumpy dirt roads and, at certain times of the year, the roads may be impassable, except by donkey. The only clean water source is one water tap located 7 miles from the center of the village. The Masaai people are farmers and herders and depend upon rainfall to sustain them. Often though, they are left destitute because of drought or the fact that, even during the rainy season in November and December, the rain just runs off the impermeable red clay. 

     In 2013 the people of the village asked us to help them build a worship space. The church was officially opened by His Grace Josephat LeBulue, Archbishop of Arusha on Sunday August 6th, 2017 beginning with a blessing of the church and mass. This church building project was made possible by the generosity of Frank and James Barker and their families and the parishioners of St. Lawrence Church in Shelburn, Connecticut. 
     One of the main reasons that we began this church project was because of the need for water in this area. In 2018 we began drilling the well that we thought would be done by the onset of the rainy season. Unfortunately the project has hit a snag. World Serve International, the company building our well, dug to 300 feet hoping to hit a reliable aquifer. That did not happen. We were told that this is the case for 30% of the wells drilled in Tanzania. That doesn't mean we will give up!  Our hope is that technology will improve and our chances to drill a successful well will improve, too!
 Our plan to set up a "catch system" for the collection of rainwater is complete! We have purchased 4 10,000 liter tanks and set them up with a gutter system attached to St. Joseph's Church, which has been a lifeline, spiritually and physically for the more than 750 people that live in and around the village. It will help during the dry season, especially in the months of July and August to provide water for the people of the village

Needs of the Village of Engalaoni:


Water Project    Grateful Thanks to the Catholic Health Workers of Long Island and the CHS Caregivers Fund which awarded SOH $10,000 for the water project in Engalaoni! This grant helped provide funds for drilling and it helped establish a water collection system.