Leigh's Blankies, founded in 2010, sews soft blankies for children all over the world. We are continually providing comfort and warmth to orphans, foster children and kids in need. In 2011, after sending our blankies to Huruma Children's Home in Ngong Hills-Kenya, Africa, we were invited by the orphanage to teach the sustainable skill of sewing. It was such a successful journey that in 2013, we set up a permanent sewing program at the orphanage where they now have sewing supplies and a full-time seamstress sewing Huruma's school uniforms and teaching sewing to the students. The projects they craft and sew are sold in Huruma's Curio Shop to raise funds for the orphanage. Upon visiting Huruma, our eyes were opened to the severe poverty level in Kenya and the challenges a young adult faces aging out of an orphanage. So, in 2014, we launched an annual "Transition Housing Care Project," providing young adults, who have completed their high school education, with life skills classes and a Housing Kit including basic home necessities. The Housing Kit includes: two months rent, financial assistance, a bed, a stove, home goods, and other basic necessities for making a house a home. All items are purchased in their small community to help support their economy. The Life Skills Courses include: budgeting, nutrition, sexual education and Biblical studies. Huruma Children's Home then provides most of the transitioning orphans with employment at the orphanage for one year including training in a specialized trade. "I Am Huruma" (Non profit) accepts applications from these students over the following year for scholarships to African Universities. With these programs in place, an orphan can age of out of Huruma with increased confidence and are equipped with sustainable skills to have success over poverty. Leighs Blankies is a Non-Profit Organization in memory of the beautiful life of Leigh Ann Tonkinson, who inspired others to make a difference in the life of others.
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