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The Rose Tree Cottage African children’s foundation Bloom where Planted is now firmly established and enables us all to be of even more help and assistance to the dear children in “our adopted school” in Kenya who have been affected by problems, both new and old, in Kenya. To date, well over $30,000 has been donated, as well as many books and other supplies, and we know we can achieve much, much more in the future. On visits to Kenya, and “our school”, the children look forward to entertaining us as much as we look forward to seeing their smiles and the progress we’ve made with their learning environment and their welfare through our Bloom where Planted Foundation.

Bloom where Planted’s Board

Mary McNeill Fry (President)
Edmund Fry

Nora Avery Ottaviano

Dr. Edmund Gibbs

Canon Denis O'Pray

Mr. Tony Church,

Project Administrator, Kenya 

Bloom Where Planted was named as an analogy for children to be educated so that they can grow and ‘bloom’ into productive and good citizens in their own communities and countries. Born into poverty, 70% as children of single parents or orphaned, these children have little or no chances in life without education. Whilst the Kenyan government provides ‘free education’ for primary school children, the conditions in the majority of schools are primitive, to say the least. And, parents still have to provide uniforms, lunches, supplies, etc., which they cannot afford.

A pencil is a gift that means more than just a writing tool — it is a sign that someone cares. The transformation of our adopted school means more to these children than aid. They have seen a few of the faces behind the changes and they know that people care about them now and about their future.    We have seen the improvements not only in the school property, but the attitudes, cleanliness and test scores of the students.

While the idea of aid and charity in Africa is complex, the smile of a child is not. Bringing a smile to a child now is a momentary pleasure that may affect the rest of their lives. We see proof of this when we visit the children at our adopted school. We read it in their letters when they echo our lessons of responsibility, cleanliness and environmental awareness. And, we’ve even had our first success — a young lady of 18 (Cele) who was a student when we first visited and is back at the Primary School as a student teacher until she starts at the University. Cele remembers our visits and believes that the books given and attention shown gave her the desire to continue her education and ‘Bloom where she is planted’. We strive to improve the odds for these young people and hope to witness more success stories in the future.

We’re often asked what our needs are. They are seemingly endless and it is always difficult to prioritize, and while the goal of feeding the children stands out above all other goals, there are issues that need to be dealt with simultaneously — alongside the canteen, which has been one of our main major projects, and to ensure sufficient annual funding for the food needed to feed 550 children. We will also continue to work toward scholarships for 8th grade students to attend secondary school. This is vital, as to drop the ball at the end of the 8th grade is to leave these children entrenched in poverty, with no chance to ‘Bloom’.

You will note that we do not have any staff on payroll. All of the board members give freely of their time, as does Tony Church, our Project Administrator — the ‘man on the ground’ in Kenya. In this way, we can assure our donors that 100% of the funds raised goes to the school or to the Orphan Centre in the case of Rwanda. Donors may specify their choice of recipients (Kenya or Rwanda) and the specific cause, i.e. scholarships, food, water, uniforms, books, desks, etc. Print out our Bloom where Planted Information and Resources Pack for further information on how you can help us help our children.

Edited Extract from Bloom where Planted’s Annual Report for 2009

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Violin and Piano Lessons  Benefiting Rose Tree Cottage’s Children’s Foundation, Bloom Where Planted

Adam Kendall gives semi-private violin and piano lessons from 2 and up for youngsters interested in playing by ear. He has a minor in music performance and has performed with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.

Special Piano and Violin Lessons for Bloom Where Planted

Adam Kendall

700 S. Myrtle Ave,

Monrovia, CA 91016

Lessons are $25 for beginners and $35 at book 4 or higher. Lessons are semi-private with students being grouped based on level. Casual performances will be given at Rose Tree Cottage. Music books and CDs for the Suzuki Method will be provided free of charge. All lessons are tax deductible, and are provided as a fundraising activity for Bloom Where Planted 501(c)3, African Children's Fund. Lessons support Rose Tree Cottage’s adopted School in Kenya through Rose Tree Cottage’s  Foundation.

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Bloom where Planted
Rose Tree Cottage’s Children’s Foundation

Mission Statement

To enhance the lives of children and further education in African countries by providing books, improved learning environments, school lunches and scholarships. By educating girls and boys, we hope to help them ‘Bloom where they are planted’ — to prosper and be good citizens in their own countries, promoting peace and goodwill in the world.

Bloom Where Planted

The Rose Tree Cottage African Children’s Foundation

A 501(c)(3) Public Charity

Rose Tree Cottage’s African Children’s Charitable Foundation ‘Bloom Where Planted’ is now firmly established enabling us to continue to provide much needed assistance, both practical and financial, to help maintain the school buildings; provide materials, and, most importantly, support and improve the education of the many dear children who attend Rose Tree Cottage’s adopted school in Kenya.