While many of you may know what POET does on a day-to-day basis, it's likely you are unaware that for the second year, POET team and family members are traveling to Kenya, Africa. Mission Greenhouse, a POET Foundation project, started in 2013 when the group built a greenhouse for an all-girls school called the Travellers' Oasis Centre in the town of Sultan Hamud. This year, the team will travel back to the same location to provide the labor to construct a new dormitory for the school.
Mission Greenhouse has partnered with World Servants to help with logistics in Kenya. World Servants has mobilized more than 50,000 people who have served in over 50 individual countries globally and helped connect POET with Travellers' Oasis Centre. Since the school opened, nearly 700 Kenyan children have received a quality education in a safe and welcoming environment. Many girls at the school are orphans due to HIV/AIDS or come from poor families who are unable to afford school fees.
According to the U.S. State Department, Kenyan human and sex traffickers "falsely offer to raise and educate children in towns or to place adults in lucrative employment." While Kenya as a country is a source, transit and destination country for sex trafficking, the town of Sultan Hamud is particularly at risk because it is located along a main highway. POET is proud to partner with a school that provides safety, refuge and education for girls who may not receive the opportunity elsewhere.
If you are interested in supporting Mission Greenhouse, I would encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation:
Write a check payable to World Servants and mail or drop the check off at POET Biorefining - Gowrie
With support from communities like ours, I have no doubt Mission Greenhouse and the team members serving in Kenya will be equipped to change lives. Empowered by knowledge and lifelong skills, these girls will be the spark to ignite change within their community just as we ignite change here at POET.
Gary Eischeid is the general manager of POET Biorefining - Gowrie