Seed Gardens

SEED GARDENS  – –  Kisumu & surrounding area – – providing help to the most vulnerable.

The Seed Gardens began when one of our board members felt a calling to start a project that not only helped the most vulnerable but was self-sustaining. A friend in Kenya who is trained and experienced in agriculture was asked to spearhead the project. By visiting various churches and the local chiefs Isaya identified 8 senior ladies who could most benefit from his skills and a garden. Covering considerable distances, Isaya has regularly traveled to each lady, beginning with visits to get acquainted, then digging, fencing, preparing each garden and educating them in best practices. There is always crop ready to harvest, some going to seed and some growing. They have truly taken charge. A few have even expanded their gardens for extra food to sell. SOCKS is so grateful to Isaya who has committed his heart, time, knowledge and strength to these gardens and ladies. SOCKS is now in the process of providing water tanks since many must walk a great distance to the nearest water source. When that is complete, Isaya will continue to visit occasionally since he has developed some lovely connections but the ladies should be completely self sufficient and have a sustainable food source.

Caretakers School

Caretakers School – – – Korogocho, Kenya – – – providing lunch for approximately 200 students

CARETAKERS SCHOOL Korogocho, Kenya Escorted by a contact from Feed the Children and an armed guard, SOCKS members first visited the corrugated tin classrooms of Caretakers in 2014. They entered a classroom to see a water filled soda bottle shoved into a hole in the ceiling. Sunlight refracted off the water and provided the only light. Thanks to a very generous benefactor, Caretakers is now a 2 story brick building. Over the years, SOCKS has provided Caretakers with books and helped pay teachers’ salaries In 2019, the Kenyan Government stopped the food program run by Feed the Children who provided lunch for students. For most children, this would be their only meal of the day and much of the food was taken home to share. SOCKS is now sending money to continue the lunch program at Caretakers.

For more stories about Caretakers, please view our updates under GALLERIES.

Upcoming SOCKS Events

SOCKS will be attending the following events:

November 1, 1014
Tansley United Church Christmas Bazaar, 2111 Walker’s Line, Burlington, Ont. – 9:30-3:00
St. Paul’s United Church Christmas Bazaar, 454 Rebecca St., Oakville, Ont. – 9:00-3:00
Binkley United Church Christmas Bazaar, 1570 Main St. W., Hamilton, Ont. – 9:00-3:00
Knox United Church Fair Trade Fair, 92 Northumberland St., Ayr, Ont. – 10:00-2:00

We will be selling our Kenyan jewellery and soap stone at these events.

November 15, 2014 
Gleaner’s International Marketplace, 1550 Morrison Rd., Cambridge, Ont. – 10:00-3:00
Over 25 mission organizations with unique gift items

December 13, 2014
St. John United Church Edible Fair, 195 E 38th St. Hamilton, Ont.

Kenyan Trip

Dear Friends,

We arrived home safely from Kenya on June 27 with mixed emotions.  We were so happy to see our own families and friends, but were already missing our Kenyan family and friends.

It was one of our best trips ever!!  We were excited knowing that you were helping us “do something” and WE DID.  A few times it was obvious where funds needed to go, but other times we were open to where God would lead us.

A large portion of our donations to “Do Something” was directed towards EDUCATION. We spent a day at Caretakers Children’s Centre in Nairobi.  We were able to purchase school supplies, a large wooden cabinet and textbooks (their first textbooks ever!!) for 300 students at the school.  To see the smiles on their faces as books were unpacked and put on the shelves in their new “library” was pure joy!!  We also contributed funds to each volunteer staff member for their hard work and dedication.

Another large portion was directed to MEDICAL. We spent an emotional day at the Kisumu East District Hospital where we visited patients and shared the news with them that they were going home!!  Patients are not permitted to leave the hospital in Kenya until an attempt is made to pay the bill. Our funds paid for 13 patients – some who had been in hospital for almost a year. Dr. Amos told us that SOCKS made history that day.  Others had visited and brought medicine and supplies but we were the first to ever donate money specifically for the payment of hospital bills.

Donations were made to three homes/schools for mentally and physically challenged children, including the purchase of occupational therapy equipment at Joyland School. No less significant were the donations made on a more personal level to individuals in need and to new community programs.

We hope that in the future you will again be able to assist SOCKS CANADA with our call to “Do Something.”

Asante Sana (Thank you)
Lynn, Paul, Pat & Jen

Asante Sana

photoSafe arrival in Nairobi and spent three days visiting the children in the slums. Now in Nakuru visiting Nyota and enjoying time with the children. Our sponsored children are doing well in school and we are very proud of them. Travelling to Kisumu on Thursday to continue our journey!!


Excitement is building!!

kenya_mapBags are packed and we’re ready to go!  On June 2 members of the SOCKS team will be travelling to Kenya, making stops in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Kisii. While there we will be visiting the children we support.  Looking forward to seeing all our friends.  Please keep us in your prayers.

Home of Grace

HOME OF GRACE – KISII, KENYA – Providing education for students in High School – Forms 1 to 4.

Home of Grace Care Centre supports a community in rural western Kenya through an orphanage of the same name. We partner with local Kenyans who have a passion to fight poverty, offer shelter to the most vulnerable and educate them in order to restore hope to a community. It’s not just about financial help, although that is vital. It is an extended support network, prayer partnership and encouragement.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE means:  encouraging grassroots initiatives fostering self-sufficiency education for productive citizenship a safe and healthy environment.

Mission in Action

Mission in Action – – Nakuru – providing funds to support orphans with food, clothing and shelter.

Through a relative of a SOCKS board member, we discovered Mission in Action. MIA founder, developer, manager and ‘daddy’ is Ivan Budulica, who traveled from Australia to Kenya over 15 years ago. He felt a call to help and opened the first baby orphanage in Nakuru after seeing the plight of so many abandoned babies. His large self-contained complex houses up to 80 children, infants to teenagers. All their needs are met and there is a school on site attended also by students from the surrounding area. Ivan is incredibly active in the community, helping various families and especially seniors. He has recently started a grass roots project to train and educate young women, enabling them to make money through their own small business. ‘One Tribe Mama’ is empowering young mothers to be self sufficient and support themselves and their babies.

To read more stories of our visits to MIA, please look for updates in our GALLERIES.

Joyland Special School for the Physically Challenged

Joyland Special School – providing feminine hygiene products for all girls allowing them to attend school regularly.

SOCKS shares a close relationship with Joyland Special School. One of the teachers is a dear friend and her husband is our agent on the ground in Kenya.

SOCKS supplies feminine hygiene products to the girls at Joyland which has contributed to near perfect attendance.

SOCKS has provided a solar panel system for the senior school, helped with path construction, supplied wheelchairs and other assistive aids for students.

We are proud to support and partner with Joyland school.

For more stories of our visits to Joyland, please look for updates in GALLERIES.