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Kate Brooks
Nakuru, Kenya
Passionate about people
Interests: orphans, fostering, horses, therapy, disabled, children, music, parenting, off-grid, farming, eco-friendly, environment, vegetarian, aid, people, kenya, africa
Recent Activity
Today I received a phone call from the school that brings disabled riders to our Horsepower program. The conversation started with incomprehensibly fast talking, great enthusiasm and praise as to how much they appreciate our program, and how they are... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at A Future and a Hope
This week has been difficult on so many levels. I asked my daughter Butterfly to type her 'lessons learned' from her accident prone horse, and this is what she came up with. I think you will enjoy the read even... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Future and a Hope
I remember the first time I heard about Facebook... Over nine years ago, Johnny came home, when we still lived in Nakuru town, and said to me, "Kate, I heard about this social media platform called Facebook. It sounds pretty... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Future and a Hope
Felix. Aptly named. Felix has been coming to A Future and a Hope for equine assisted therapy regularly now for several months. He has complete non-verbal autism, and the most beautiful face on the planet; yet, I have never seen... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
I love what I do. (My family helps, too, but I feel I should write in first person) I am not sure if these kids know how much I love them! The joy they bring when they come for our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
I am told that equine assisted learning is common in the West, but in Kenya, we are one in a million. Children with disabilities in Kenya have little or no access to programs to help them physically and mentally. Parents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
This morning, I have run out of internet. I am not sure how internet services work for those of you who read our blog, but here in Kenya, we buy 'bundles.' For example, if I need internet, I must first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Just the other day, I was chatting with my kids about how much we have minimalised our lives since moving to The Shire. We did this out of necessity because we didn't have the electrical power to power the normal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
In December of 2016, just after Christmas, we inherited TWO loan ponies. Basically, they were an indefinite loan to us, and all we had to do was pay their transport to The Shire. (Transport prices are extreme in Kenya since... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Yesterday I was a terrible mom. Well, at least I felt like a terrible mom. I was a not-so-great home educator, too. I spent my entire day cooking. Remember, we are off grid in Kenya with no fridge nor pre-made... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Mid Term. It is not something my home schoolers do, but our boarding school daughters get a break in the middle of each term where they come home and be with us. This last week, we have had Edith and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Several years ago, our friends gave us five precious, rare, blue, corn seeds. Johnny insists they were actually purple, but since he can't tell the difference between purple or blue to save his life, I am going to say they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
It is a good think we practice first! Not only do we desensitize our horses through interacting with them, riding them, schooling them every day of the week... Every time we have riders coming to A Future and a Hope,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Our newest video of photos from this week! It took me HOURS to make this video and upload it. I hope you can spare the ONE minute it takes to have a look. This is my heart and passion. <3... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
This week's sessions, my goal was to encourage our riders to 'LET GO' of the saddle. Many of our young riders are still not confident in their own balance. They feel the need to HOLD ON and grip the saddle... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
I don't have a gift for you, Dad, so I thought I would write you a poem. I hope it is not too 'cheesy' as I am not very good at poem composing. I was going to turn it into... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Oh, the easy life on The Shire! Off-grid living looks like a breeze. Surely you're eating your own food, you have no bills, and life is pretty carefree... About that... It took us the last 4 years to adjust to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Fourteen years ago when Kate and I moved to Kenya to work with "the least of these" we felt like God wanted us to forgo more traditional fundraising efforts and rely on our relationships with those we were asking for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
It is dark. I have been fumbling around trying to find my contact lenses, get dressed, find the tea kettle and get it going in complete darkness. Birds are chirping so it is a sign that it is not TOO... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Today is Madaraka Day in Kenya. We celebrate 55 years of self rule this year. I love Kenya, her vibrant colors, diverse peoples, vast wild areas, consistent sunlight to night ratio, relaxed lifestyle, and well... just about everything about her.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
While you were probably watching the Royal Wedding, we were doing this! Watch this short video and see why I am so passionate about Horsepower and hopefully you'll be excited about it, too! Don't forget to SHARE! We get support... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
a teenage Kate at horse camp (middle) When I was 14 or so, my parents bought a horse and let it stay at Plum Nearly Ranch in Beaumont. I volunteered at the ranch often. I even snuck out and rode... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Raising 15 kiddos isn't easy for any one, and when most of them are adopted teenage girls who speak a different language, have different cultural backgrounds, and there are no grandparents around to help babysit from time to time nor... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
This is the first of three articles I am writing on how we came about to doing equine therapy at A Future and a Hope Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
It's been far too rainy to get much done... The sun is out, and we are looking forward to our Equine Assisted Therapy Sessions at A Future and a Hope! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at A Future and a Hope