For the last three years ANC students and faculty have sponsored a Kenyan girl named Nancy through an organization called Helping Children in Crisis. HCIC assists a New Church orphanage in Kenya in raising and educating over 30 children. HCIC uses traditional donations to support their work, and each child has a sponsor who donates $800 each year to feed, clothe, educate, and provide basic life necessities for that child. ANC students and faculty have managed to raise at least $800 each December by various means, including a Dress Down Day, in which students and faculty pay a small fee to dress in jeans, sweatpants, and other comfortable but non-regulation clothing for a day. We have been fortunate the last two years to have an anonymous donor who matches dollar-for-dollar what is raised by those who pay to dress down.
There is also a donation jar with Nancy’s photo on it in the School Store that comes out each year in December. This year, Miss Knight raffled off some of her extraneous classroom paraphernalia to her junior history class, and the money raised with these 25 cent tickets totaled $24 that went to the HCIC fund.
The last means of fundraising is by faculty donations. Several faculty members use this donation in lieu of sending individual Christmas gifts to their colleagues. In the past, we have had parents who knew of these efforts and sent in money as well.
This year ANC raised over $1000, enabling us to cover Nancy’s expenses for the year and to donate to the cost of repair and upkeep at the orphanage. It seems fitting that ANC’s students and their teachers help a young person in Kenya have an education and the necessities of life. We hope to be able to support Nancy (who is now 16 years old) until she finishes her education and training and moves out into the world to earn her way.