Our Family Volunteer Trip to Kenya
In 2014, my husband and I took our boys on our first trip to Kenya to visit and meet my husband’s extended family. Prior to our trip we held a clothing drive where we collected over 500 lbs of clothes to donate to the community. We were also very fortunate to be able to participate in the very successful fundraiser at NCC where the foundation raised enough money to break ground on the New Vocational Training Centre.
This year we are heading back in June and have selected three projects we would like to raise money for;
1. Dairy Cow and Shed
2. Water Tower
3. New soccer uniforms and soccer equipment
Please follow this link, https://www.gofundme.com/achokifamilytrip2017, to learn more about the three projects. Every little bit helps and 100% of the donations will go directly to these projects.
We are also conducting another clothing drive with hopes to exceed our 500 lb collection in 2014.
Thank you all for your time and support!
Diana Awuor Chacha
Heading to University of Nairobi
We are very proud of Diana, being our first orphaned child at Nyamila Community Center to join the University of Nairobi, a 4-year highly rated University in Kenya.
We are also proud to announce that six students have graduated from mid-level colleges, four as Primary School Teachers, one as ECD Teacher and one as Automotive Technician.
Additionally, two students are in their final years, with Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology and Certified Public Accountant. Two more students are in early stages of Diploma in Community Development and Social Work, and Diploma in Tourism and Wildlife Management. Several more kids will be joining various colleges this year.
Ypsilanti Community Schools, Michigan
6th Annual Walk Pictures
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Teaming up for the start of the 10-lap walk for Isaka Memorial Foundation
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Members of the National Honor Society of Ypsilanti High School show their well earned walk certificates.
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Member of Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church making sure every lap is counted. She does this diligently every year.
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Student walker shows walk certificate
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Early arrivals with walk banner - Dr Kamuyu puts up this every year
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All determined to compete the 10 laps
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Brown Chapel AME Church members - they do this every single year, come rain or shine!
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The 5th Grader with Hula prizes
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5th Grader & 3rd Grader show off their prizes after the fundraising walk
Ypsilanti Community Schools, Michigan
6th Annual Walk Announcement
Lincoln High School
7th Annual Walkathon
Lincoln High School held their 7th Annual Walkathon on October 18th. See pitures below.....
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The awesome Lincoln High Faculty responsible for Isaka Walk - thanks to Marcia L
Ms Vitulli of Girl Power and young volunteers collected feminine hygiene supplie
Marcia Lyttle - walk organizer getting ready for start.jpg
Jessi and Kara with some of the cleats she collected.jpg
Jessi, Aferdita, Juma and Kara (Jessi's older sister).jpg
Lincoln ROTC runs the walk.jpg
Grand Fundraising Event
Fundraiser and Breaking Ground for Vocational Training Center.
Nyamila Community Center, Siaya, Kenya – 16th August, 2014.
August 16, 2014 marked a new chapter in the brief history of the Isaka Memorial Foundation (IMF) and Nymaila Community Center, when we broke ground for a vocational training Center. Nyamila Community Centre, sponsored by Isaka Foundation has been, (since 2006) and still caters for orphans, vulnerable children and their care givers in Siaya County, Kenya to ensure that they have access to essential services.
On the morning of August 16, 2014, local residents from North-Alego location, friends and relatives from Nairobi and other parts of Kenya and abroad, gathered at the Centre to fundraise for a Vocational Training Centre. The Guest of honour was none other than the former Prime Minister, Raila Amolo Odinga, who was accompanied by the Governor of Siaya, Hon. Cornell Rasanga Amoth, his Mayor and other Siaya County Officials, including the Member of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Christine Ombaka
The IMF board members and Nyamila Community Centre Committee members would like to acknowledge with deep gratitude the outpouring of support from all that joined us to ensure that our future generation is not left behind and that they are supported to become responsible and productive citizens of Kenya and the world at large.
In addition to the financial support received on the 16th of August, the local residents received a special treat when the former Prime Minister landed at the Center in a helicopter. There was pandemonium as many had never seen an airplane in their lives. In addition, many had never seen the Prime Minister that close-he was received with shouts and ululations.
The amount realized from the fundraising and subsequent efforts will augment the commitment by employees of Opus Inspection (USA) to help build the vocational training centre. You can view the pictures of the fund-raising occasion, the breaking of the ground for the proposed Vocational Training Centre and the work that has already commenced here and on our face book page: -https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isaka-Memorial-Foundation/175842755365. We ask those that believe in leaving no one behind to support the building of the Vocational Training Centre. You can donate here.
IZAHRA WALIJI - ISAKA BOARD MEMBER
BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER - June 25th
I am turning 30 and I could not be more excited!!!!
A lot of you know that every year on my birthday, I raise money for the Isaka Memorial Foundation. I serve as a board member for this organization whose goal is to ensure that AIDS orphans and vulnerable children have access to essential services in economically depressed communities. The services include: education, medical care, nutrition and food security, water and sanitation and income generating activities for economic empowerment. You can read about our projects here:
Every single one of our children has 24 hour access to medical doctors, food, water and school – a rarity in Kenya. We now have 11 of our own attending college!!! It is my goal, to raise enough money this year to be able to pay the balance of their fees for the remainder of this year.To find out more about this beautiful foundation, located in Siaya County in Kenya, please visit our webpage at
I am asking each one of you, friends and family, to donate $30 for my birthday. If you would like to give more – whoohoo!! And less is also welcome – every penny counts! You can donate directly here:
Please add the remark “Zahra’s Birthday Donation”
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive
May-July in Ventura, CA