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TGIM recently certified Vincent Omondi as a Community Coordinator to serve the youth at Touch Life Children Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Touch Life Children Centre is situated in the Korogocho Slums in Kasarani Constituency. Korogocho is one of the largest slum neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya. Home to 150,000 to 200,000 people pressed into 1.5 square kilometers, northeast of the city centre. Korogocho was founded as a shanty town on the then outskirts of the city. It is approximately 1km from Kariobangi Terminus. Touch Life Children Centre is located just opposite of the Damascus Primary school. It goes without saying that the children in this high-risk part of the world NEED our writing program.
Certifying Vincent to offer our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ to the children at Touch Life empower them to benefit in multiple ways. Writing for the Soul Workshop™ differs from other “writing as therapy” type programs because our participants have the opportunity to become published authors, and earn an income based on a self-created marketing strategy with expert advice. Vincent is trained and in position to help them. This long-term financial opportunity for participants creates a strong desire to continue moving forward towards their dreams.
Our workshop addresses not just educational outcomes, but emotional and physical needs as well. Here are the wow factors experienced by participants in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ :
*Experience writing as therapy
*Access to counseling
*Nutritious meals, snacks and medicine
*Lasting, positive friends and mentors creating an ongoing network of support
*Increased proficiency in both reading and writing
*Participants become published Authors, and can promote that skill on every future resume and job application
*Participants earn royalties based on individual book sales
*Participants establish strong accomplishments that will help with future entry into colleges and the job market
These unique wow factors go beyond helping participants develop a love of writing; they produce long-term behavioral changes and helps participants make positive life choices. While it may seem incredible that a writing workshop can impact behavior so dramatically, Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is more than just a writing workshop, it is an opportunity for individuals to see a different perspective, to interact with others that truly care about them and their story, and to know that telling their story opens up new opportunities.
Testimonial: My name is Ben, and I live in Embu, Kenya. I have been a member of writing for the soul workshops for one year now and my story is in Pieces of Me. I have written several stories of my own experience when I was 10 years, and I believe it helped me to look ahead and forget what I had suffered. Other boys write stories which I read and I enjoy to learn I ‘m not alone in this world. Sometimes we share our problems and then think about them. I ask my teacher questions about life, and he guide me in every issue. I believe writing for souls has helped many youth who could have been drug addicts or even worse. I thank you the people who thought about it. -Ben age 14, Pieces of Me
As our Coordinator, Vincent earns $3 when you purchase A Touch Life Project which includes stories written by youth attending Touch Life Children Centre. During checkout, enter Coupon Code: vincent1017. You save $1.00 and Touch Life Children Centre in Korogocho, Kenya receives a donation.
About The Touch Life Project:
The Touch Life Project is the second release in our Stories of Hope series. For participants who submitted their stories while attending our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program in Korogocho, this was an educational, spiritual and emotional journey for them. True to the series, this is a compilation of heart wrenching, and liberating short stories written by students at Touch Life Children Centre.
Vincent Omondi is our Community Coordinator on the ground in Kenya. Through his efforts, other young adults were able to access our unique writing program. The stories collected in this book is what happens when we bring education and passion together in a way that offers permanent life changing impact. Many of these young writers developed a love of writing as a result.
eBook: $9.99 USD
Soft Cover: $12.99 USD (available 1/15/2017)
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Color: Black & White on White paper Page Count: 106 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1541297883 ISBN-10: 1541297881
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General
Purchase a copy of the book or download the eBook and enjoy it from your favorite device today! Stay connected with updates from our workshops in the United States on Facebook at: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ in Africa.
Last week in Part 1 of this two part series, we talked about how many small businesses and entrepreneurs create business expansion through franchising their product or service allowing others to bear the cost of their business expansion. In Part 1, we focused on key reasons that we would never franchise our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ programs. Those reasons were based on how franchising impacts the organizations operating the franchise -from the restrictiveness of the operating procedures, to cost. This week, we’ll focus on how all of the different groups that benefit from Writing for the Soul Workshop™ would be impacted if we offered the program as a franchise instead. Last week we mentioned there are thousands of reasons that we wouldn’t franchise, each with a face and a name. How our program impacts individuals and empowers communities are the focus points for the last 5 reasons we won’t franchise our program. Continue reading “10 Reasons Why We Will Never Franchise Our Programs Part 2”→
Almost every small business reaches a point where they search for ways to quickly grow their brands and business. As a business owner, you feel like you have a great business model, and want to expand that model quickly to help reach more customers, so you might evaluate the option of offering your business as a franchise. Franchising could mean quickly expanding your brand and reach, plus, receiving franchise fees and having others incur the cost of starting the expansion of your business. At different points during the development of Writing for the Soul Workshop™, TGIM explored the best ways to offer our program and expand our impact, including the concept of franchising Writing for the Soul Workshop™. After re-evaluating the pros and cons of franchising, we have thousands of reasons why we would never offer the program as a franchise …and all of those reasons have a face, a name, and a story. But for now, here’s five:
Reason One – Restrictive Operating Plans
Most new business owners decide to franchise because they want to own a business, but don’t necessarily have their own product or service to offer. The customer base of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is very different. Our businesses and organizations are already established, and have a mission to impact their communities in various ways. Writing for the Soul Workshop™ was developed specifically to complement what organizations offer today, and to help them continue in that mission. As a franchise, these organizations would be required to follow our specific operating models for Writing for the Soul Workshop™ within their entire organization, which could change how they operate today. We respect that our organizations have unique procedures and processes, and our goal is to compliment the organization, not dictate how they should operate. While many of the operating strategies used in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ are best practices for any mentoring organizations, we want to empower the organizations we serve, not dictate their operating procedures. Continue reading “10 Reasons Why We Will Never Franchise Our Programs Part 1”→