The Latest from The Tali Fund
march 13, 2019
The centrality of education in Kenya
This NYT article, which describes the horrific aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines 737-Max 8 crash, highlights, among other things, the importance of education for those who are striving to break out of poverty, and worse, in Kenya. It reinforces, for us, the importance of the work we are doing with the Talia Agler Girls Shelter, where 46 of the current 53 students are now studying at boarding schools.
March 7, 2019
Tags and cdtd in kenya’s leading Newspaper
The Talia Agler Girls Shelter, its parent organization the Centre for Domestic Training and Development, and their founder, Edith Murogo, were prominently featured in Kenya’s leading newspaper, the Daily Nation, in advance of International Women’s Day, March 8. You can read the story here.
We remain honored to do this work and, along with the girls, are more than grateful for your continuing support.
Conscious Threads, LLC travels to TAGS
We're excited to share with you the attached report from the Talia Agler Girls Shelter detailing the program conducted there in December by Carmen Webber of New York. Carmen is the Founder of Conscious Threads, LLC and she came to TAGS through our cousins, Alan and Ilise Harris of Dobbs Ferry, NY. Carmen volunteered to travel to Kenya and led three weeks of sessions on Women's Empowerment for the girls at the Shelter.
It was an extraordinary experience for one and all. Considering their histories of trauma, abuse, trafficking, and the like, the individual care and tutoring they received from an engaged and committed professional was priceless.
When you look at the report, ask yourself if you might know anyone out there, with skills and time, who might be willing to offer something similar. If so, by all means, let us know!
Even if you don't, there are other ways to support this extraordinary program. Most of the girls at TAGS are now eligible to attend boarding school. Unlike in the West, boarding school in Kenya is a mainstream, and relatively affordable, path to education. Tuition for a three-month term (and there are three terms each year) averages about $100 USD per student. Just think, for $100, you can pay for a student's education for a full trimester! As we have been saying all along, well-stewarded US dollars can go very far in Africa. Any gift you make will have an outsized impact. Thank you so much for your consideration and support. You can click here to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Tali Fund. Thank you!
january 10, 2019
Chemonics International COntributes to the Tali Fund
From Susanna Mudge—President and CEO
Talia and her commitment to the CDTD and international development were so admired and appreciated. I remember Talia and the tragic incident as if it was yesterday, as I imagine you do as well, but was encouraged to read of the progress that is being made to support the Centre and Talia’s Fund.
We would like to make a one-time corporate donation in the amount of $5,000 to both honor Talia’s legacy and support the critically important work of CDTD. Their work, and Talia’s memory, are critical to helping make the world a better place for all, something that is important in today’s world. Thank you for all you are doing, and I look forward to hearing about the progress of the shelter, the Centre and the Fund in the future.
Please let me know if there are any special instructions regarding the donation, otherwise we will send it to Talia’s Fund.
I hope 2019 is a good year for you and your family. All my best, Susi.
Chemonics International, 1717 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
November 27, 2018
MATCH your gift on Giving Tuesday!
Some more great news from the One World Children's Fund! They are offering up to $10,000 in matching gifts to the Talia Agler Girls Shelter, through its parent organization, the Centre for Domestic Training and Development, on "Giving Tuesday,' 11/27/18, beginning at 11 a.m. Link here and details below.
October 10, 2018
Major Contribution announced to the Talia Agler Girls Shelter
We are thrilled to announce that the One World Children's Fund of Los Angeles, CA, has made a gift of $25,000 to the Talia Agler Girls Shelter in Nairobi. Yes, this is awesome!
TAGS' parent organization, The Centre for Domestic Training and Development, was one of OWCF's first forty partners from around the globe. This new, unrestricted grant shows how much they value and endorse the work of the Shelter.
It is an amazing gift, but (you knew there was a but coming) it is a one-time contribution. While it will help to put TAGS on a firmer financial footing and enable Edith to strengthen the program in a myriad of ways, an essential part of the Shelter's life support still comes from individual donors.
Accordingly, the Tali Fund is launching a campaign, from now until the end of 2018, to MATCH the $25,000 from OWCF with contributions of our own. Can we all make that happen? I have faith!
We are asking everyone who is connected to the Tali Fund (if you are reading this, that includes you ;-) to make a contribution in any multiple of $25, in honor of the $25,000 from OWCF. Simple as that!
Anything you can give, whether it is $2.50, $25, $50, $100, $250, $2500, or really, any amount whatsoever, will be deeply appreciated. More important, it will be effective, in sustaining the Shelter and continuing its work of Rescuing, Rehabilitating and Reintegrating trafficked and abused girls.
Simply click here to make a contribution online or for information as to how to do it by check. Thank you so very much! We remain blessed to be able to continue this work in Tali's name. Thank you!
The Passing of Martha Lefebvre
We have some other news that is not as happy. Martha Lefebvre, the woman who received Talia’s donated heart, passed away on September 30. She had been hospitalized for several weeks and ultimately succumbed to pneumonia. Unfortunately, due to her medical condition, she herself was unable to become an organ donor. After six-plus years of life that would not otherwise have been, for Martha and her loving family, a chapter closes.
Once again, if you have not already done so, please volunteer to become an organ donor. It is painless, free, and does what precious few of us are able to do: save life when there otherwise would have been death. Go to organdonor.gov in the US and register today.
the talia agler girls shelter
Reaching, Rescuing, Rehabilitating,
and Reintegrating Trafficked and Abused Girls since 2012
Art is an expression of the soul. The TAGS Creative Development Project is here to document and advocate for girls who are on a healing Journey from Trafficking and Sexual abuse. The project seeks to empower the lives of our girls with their designs. Check out some of the up-and-coming artists, as well as a showcase of the latest pieces created!
Meet an up-coming Artist
Anita(Not her real name)
Anita has had a passion for bead work since she was 6. Her personality shows in her affinity for colorful pieces. She is not only a brilliant student in school, she is also very creative!
Elsa(Not her real name)
After finding inspiration from her grandmother, Elsa started her bead creations at an early age. sitting around the fire late in the night with her grandmother creating beautiful pieces is a memory that Elsa cherishes. You can support Elsa by Donating or purchasing one of her beautiful pieces.
Hannah and Janet( Not their Real Names)
When you meet Hannah and Janet, you'll definitely feel the love. Janet and Hannah became the best of friends when they met at the Shelter. They study together, play together even eat together. They are now teaching each other to create beautiful pieces. Isn't that what we call good Friendship?
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