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Local Menlo Park resident and Alto International School teacher, Ina Berenger, will host Peter Midodo from Kenya, head of Joyschool, and Derek Bevan, founder of Hope for Kenya for a presentation on their charitable work with Hope for Kenya. According to the founders, Hope for Kenya’s mission is “to construct high quality, self sustaining, primary and secondary education complexes which include dormitories, cafeterias and sanitation facilities.” It is a 100% volunteer organization.

Peter Midodo, while working as a teacher, began to see the desperate needs of orphans in Kenya. He and his wife, Rachel, while living in two rooms with their own four children, welcomed over 60 children into their home where they taught, fed, and clothed each child. With help from friends like Derek Bevan from Hope for Kenya, they now care for over 320 children in a formal school and dormitory setting. The first of these children will soon be starting University.

 What caught Ina’s attention was the organization’s invitation to visit the school and experience the program firsthand. She and her family decided to sponsor several Kenyan girls’ education through this nonprofit. Through Hope for Kenya, one year later, Ina was able to travel to Kenya to finally meet these girls in person. She spent several weeks at the Joyschool in Ndhiwa teaching art and, most importantly, getting to know the students. When Ina came home, she knew she had to share her incredible experience with her local community.

Join Ina, Derek, and Peter at Café Zoë 0n Friday, May 19, from 6:00-7:00 pm to hear Peter’s poignantly beautiful story of how he and his friends are bringing “hope” to his community in Kenya.

Photo courtesy of Hope for Kenya

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Open house at Rosener House Adult Day Center on May 20

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Rosener House Adult Day Center is hosting an open house on Saturday May 20, 2017, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Rosener House is celebrating 39 years of care for adults with challenges, including Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, Parkinson’s or post-stroke. The open house will feature classes led by professional staff, informational sessions with […]

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M-A’s buildOn team is raising money to build a school in Haiti

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Three members of Menlo-Atherton High School’s buildOn team — (left to right, Claire Lange-McPherson, Megan McDonnell and Makayla Gage — were selling baked goods near  Draeger’s this morning to raise money for their trip to Haiti this summer where they will help build a school. They are close to their goal of $35,000, and, in fact, […]

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Dine Out to support Peninsula Volunteers’ Meals on Wheels on May 9

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Stay in Menlo Park and dine at these restaurants, who are donating 10% of the proceeds to Peninsula Volunteers’ Meals on Wheel program: Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, Café Zoe, Carpaccios (dinner only), Celia’s Mexican Restaurant, El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant, Flea Street Cafe, Luttickens After 5 (dinner only), Trellis Restaurant. A complete list of participating Peninsula restaurants is available online.

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Volunteers are key to Easter meal at St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

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Through out last week and this morning, volunteers worked tirelessly in preparation for the Easter meal being served at St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park from noon to 2:30 pm today. They procured and sorted the extra supplies needed including the whole frozen turkeys and cooked hams that will be the main course, and […]

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Menlo Spark celebrates second anniversary, Menlo Green Challenge continues

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Diane Bailey, Executive Director of Menlo Spark, reminded us that the non-profit just celebrated its second anniversary and that people who take the Menlo Green Challenge, an online climate action tool to help you find out your carbon footprint and take actions, might win an electric bike or scooter. She emails: “Carpooling and swapping out old […]

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Riekes Center hosts annual scholarship fundraiser

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The Riekes Center will host its 9th Annual Rally for Riekes in Menlo Park on April 29, 2017. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to help individuals of all ages define and accomplish their goals in athletic fitness, nature and creative arts. The Center has served over 100,000 students over the last 43 years. The Rally for Riekes […]

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Child and Family Institute “Change Makers” mix learning and giving back by building a playhouse

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“Change Makers” is one of the newest programs offered by the Child and Family Institute, which has been in Menlo Park for 30 years. It’s described by CFI Director Brooke Larkins as “a service learning program for middle schoolers and their parents.” Today the parents and kids built a playhouse for a veteran family from Blue […]

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Photographing the fish of San Francisco Bay

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most volunteers for Baykeeper, which has been advocating for the health of San Francisco Bay since 1989. The organization needed photos of fish, and Robb asked Pietro Parravano, who brings fish weekly to the Menlo Park Farmers Market, how he should go about getting the photos. Pietro suggest signing up for a trip […]

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New Ronald McDonald House along Sand Hill Road previewed today

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The new Ronald McDonald House at Stanford (RMHS), consisting of a renovated house renamed Taube Family Center and a new building called the Arrillaga Family Center,  was previewed to the media with doors expected to open to families in June. The combined facilities will operate as one campus and will house 123 families every night, making it […]

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Kim Young works with POST to preserve and protect Peninsula lands

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Looking back, Kim Young realizes she was too young to fully appreciate the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Program at Stanford. “I went straight into the program after graduating from Dartmouth,” she recalls. “Most of the people were older. It was a bit intimidating.” During her studies, which focused on poetry, she did meet writer and environmental activist Stegner, […]

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