HarambeeProfits of 50% of the sale of this children’s book go to the Machao Orphanage.

“MACHAO” is an acronym for Makueni Christian Home for Assisting Orphans. MACHAO is a faith-based organization formed by seven Christians of the Africa Inland Church (AIC) within Wote Division in Makueni District. MACHAO aims at covering all the seventeen divisions of the Makueni District, with a population of about 900,000 people. It is estimated that over 5% of this population die and leave many children orphaned.

From Author Karen Jones: I met Carolyn while my family was relocating to Los Angeles, California. She and her family embraced me and mine as if we’d known each other our whole lives. I learned of Carolyn’s involvement with the Machao Orphanage and was deeply moved. My hope is that this book will change lives – mine, perhaps; Carolyn’s, certainly; but most of all the children in need of food, clothing, care and education.

Harambee is the Kenyan tradition of community self-help events, often used to describe fundraising or developmental projects and has become the official motto of Kenya appearing on its coat of arms. Literally, it means “all pull together” in Swahili. I think it is the perfect title for a book meant to encourage those who’ve been blessed to “pull together” to help those less fortunate.

In Harambee, you and your child will follow Zoe as she and her mother, Carolyn, travel to the continent of Africa on what her mother calls an “educational vacation.” Zoe isn’t particularly interested in learning anything new over summer break, but what she learns in Wote, Kenya will change her life forever. And, just maybe, the lives of others.