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Wheaton, IL 60187 | Contact –
Brian & Mary Ellen Kluth
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DONATE to the PSALM 41:1 SCHOLARSHIP FUND
$41.01 monthly support for needy
DONATE to the SPECIAL NEEDS & PROJECTS FUND
Gifts of $10 or more
MOTTO: LIVING MORE SIMPLY SO MORE CHILDREN
CAN SIMPLY LIVE.
Change the life of a needy girl or orphan forever with your
PSALM 41:1 DONATION
41:1 "Oh, the joys of those who care for the poor."
$41.01 per month scholarship donation (or $125/quarterly or $500/annual
gift) will provide a young girl with a bed in the Sandi
House, three meals every day, school uniforms, shoes, clothing, school
supplies, medical attention, adult supervision, and loving care.
GIVE A ONE-TIME “SPECIAL NEEDS & PROJECTS” GIFT (donate now)
James 1:27 says...
"Pure and genuine
religion in the sight of God
the Father means caring
for orphans and widows in their distress."
WATCH 3 1/2 MINUTE VIDEO
from 2013 about the
Sandi House Story
ANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED
ABOUT THE SANDI HOUSE
PROJECT & PROGRAM
What type of donations do you receive to help
needy girls and orphans at the Sandi House? (1) We receive monthly
donations ($41.01/monthly), quarterly ($125), or annual donors ($500/year) who
want to share God’s love with a needy African girl or orphan. These PSALM
41:01 SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS FUND underwrite ALL the costs for a girl to be
able to attend school and live in the Sandi House. (2) We also accept one-time
and occasional gifts ($10 or more) from a wide variety of people for our SPECIAL NEEDS & PROJECTS (from $10 to thousands
of dollars) (for soccer balls, jump ropes, water filters to provide clean
water for families, school supplies, school computers, building projects, and
more). Please contact Brian Kluth (email
or 719.930.4000/cell) for a current list of special needs and projects awaiting
What % of the Psalm 41:01 scholarship
donations goes directly to help the needy girls and orphans? 100% of your donation will go to help a
specific girl at the Sandi House. Every
December we will send you a personal letter from the girl that your donations
helped sponsor. We will also send you an
annual report on the impact and influence of the ministry.
How can someone donate to
the SANDI HOUSE? CLICK
HERE to donate
online for one-time, occasional, or on-going gifts by credit card or from you
checking or savings account. If you are making out a check, please
make it out to:
Sandi House - PO Box 480
Wheaton, IL 60187.
Questions? Contact Brian or Mary Ellen Kluth at 719-930-4000 or by email.
What is the SANDI HOUSE and where is it
SANDI HOUSE is an 88-bed dormitory at St. Paul's Christian School (pre-school,
primary, middle school) in Rukungiri, Uganda in Africa. Click to see the EXACT LOCATION OF THE "SANDI
HOUSE" on Google Maps (zoom in on the gold star). The SANDI HOUSE dormitory
has four 22-bed dormitories to serve 88 needy girls and orphans between the
ages of 9 and 13 years old. About 30 of the girls either have families
that live in the nearby community or they were girls who were walking 1 to 2
hours one way (2-4 hours per day) to attend school. The other nearly 60
girls are considered orphans. In the African context there are 3 types of
orphans - a child with no father and mother, a child with one parent (but the
parent cannot afford to send the child to school), or economic orphans where
there may be two parents in the home but because of difficult life
circumstances there are no funds to send the child to school. The SANDI
HOUSE provides a safe and comfortable place to stay so all 88 girls can receive
a Christian education and daily meals.
SANDI KLUTH? Sandi
was born September 20, 1955 to James and Marion Johnson. She was the beloved
sister of Karen Clapper and Debbie Lunke. Sandi grew up in Minnesota and
Montana. Sandi came to know Jesus as her LORD and Savior as a high
school student in Billings, Montana. In 1977 she graduated from Concordia
College in Fargo-Moorhead. Over the years she taught high school, junior high,
and college students as a Spanish and French teacher. In 1982, she
married Brian Kluth. They served the LORD together at Fort Wilderness
Christian Camp in Wisconsin (1982-1990), in Milwaukee at Harvest Community
Church (1991-2000), and First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs where
Brian was the senior pastor from 2000-2009. Sandi was a beautiful singer
to video of her singing) and guitar player and she showed people the love
of Christ wherever she went. Over the years she traveled to more than 20
countries for ministry opportunities with Brian and to see family and friends
living abroad. Sandi was the mother of Joshua (born 1992 and adopted from
the States), Bethany (born in 1995 and adopted from India), and Jeremy (born in
1996). Sandi went home to be with the LORD after an 8-year joyful and
grace-filled cancer journey (inflammatory breast cancer). She frequently told
people that she had the "BIG C" in her life and then went on to say
that the "BIG C" was CHRIST and that cancer was the "small
c" in her life. She lived every day with the joy of the LORD in her
life and the love of God in her heart. She was a blessing and inspiration
to all who knew her. There were over 26,000 visits to Sandi's Cancer
Sandi's CELEBRATION OF LIFE Memorial service (Videos) was attended
by 500-600 people. The SANDI HOUSE is part of Sandi's legacy of love for
her LORD and for others.
What Bible verses have meant a lot to you in
the SANDI HOUSE project and program to care for needy children and orphans? James 1:17 says
that "pure and undefiled religion is caring for widows and orphans
in their distress." Psalm 41:1 says, "Oh the joys
of those who care for the needs of the poor." God is pleased
when we use our income and influence to benefit those you are truly
needy. The SANDI HOUSE project and program is a wonderful way to live out
the truths found in these two powerful verses of Scripture.
Who paid for the building of the SANDI HOUSE? Sandi's husband, Brian
collected ~$200,000 in tax-deductible donations from about 100 family and
friends in 2012 and 2013 to construct the SANDI HOUSE under the direction of eMi
Ministries' Uganda office.
How did Brian and Sandi Kluth become
connected with St. Paul's Christian School where the SANDI HOUSE is now
school was founded in 2000 by Brian and Sandi's dear Uganda friend, Rev. Canon
Ephraim Gensi, near the small town where he and his wife grew up in SW
Uganda. The three of them met a a Lausanne
Younger Leader's Conference in Singapore in 1988 and maintained their personal
friendship over the years through communications and visits in each other's
homes. In the past, Ephraim Gensi was a leader with African Enterprise
and a Vice Present for East Africa for Compassion International in Colorado
Springs. Currently he is the senior minister at St. Stephen's Anglican
2000-person church. Brian and Sandi had sent donations and sports
equipment in the past to help the school. After Sandi went home to be
with the LORD in 2010, Ephraim wrote and asked if it would be acceptable if
they named a future girls dormitory after Sandi. In December of 2011,
Brian and his oldest son Josh went and visited the school, meet the staff, and
to determine if they wanted to help organize funding to help build the SANDI
HOUSE. Brian and Josh were very encouraged by everything they saw, heard,
and experienced at the school and said they would like to help raise funds for
the SANDI HOUSE. Upon their return from Africa, numerous family and
friends pledged their generous financial support towards the building of the
SANDI HOUSE and construction was completed in November 2013.
ever remarry after Sandi went home to heaven? Brian was single
for 3 years before he married Mary Ellen Covino, who was also widowed 3 years
earlier. Mary Ellen grew up in Indiana but was a special ed school
teacher for 35 years in Littleton, CO before retiring in May of 2013. On
June 9, 2013 Brian and Mary Ellen were married at Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado
Springs. In November 2013 Brian and Mary Ellen visited St. Paul's School
to celebrate the completion of the SANDI HOUSE building construction and to
meet the girls that would be moving into the SANDI HOUSE. Brian and Mary
Ellen plan to go back once or twice a year to help with the Sandi House girls,
school, and community.
10. In the
United States, does anyone receive a salary for their work with the SANDI
and Mary Ellen Kluth volunteer their time to raise donations for the SANDI
HOUSE needy girls and orphans, St. Paul's School, and community outreach.
11. Who runs
St. Paul's School and how are they funded? St. Paul's is a Ugandan private
Christian school that was founded in the year 2000, is recognized by the
government as a leading school according to test scores, and it is operated by
Ugandan leaders. The school has 40 staff and teachers to oversee the
educational, spiritual, and social needs of the 600+ students that attend St.
Paul's as pre-school, primary, or middle school students. Around 20%+ of
the students board at the campus in boys and girls dormitories (includes 96
girls staying in the SANDI HOUSE). The annual budget for operations comes
from fees paid by the parents and some scholarship sponsors from Europe for
needy children and occasional outside donations for capital projects. Friends
of the SANDI HOUSE are the first Americans to actively partner with this
school's ministry, students, and their families.
12. Is St.
Paul's an orphanage and do the orphans in the SANDI HOUSE live their
Paul's is a traditional Christian school, not an orphanage. They have
over 600 students from the community and surrounding areas. Most children
walk to and from school each day. Over 140 of the children are boarding
at the school because they live 2-3 hours away from the school or because they
are sponsored orphan or needy children. When the school has a holiday or
vacation, children go back to their extended family members, home, or
watches over the children that are boarding at the school? The school has staff
that live in the SANDI HOUSE girls dormitory or in the boys dormitories to
oversee and care for the children. There are also kitchen staff that
prepare their meals each day and on the weekends.
14. How much
of each donation goes to directly benefit the children and how are
tax-deductible donations processed? 100% of every Psalm 41:01 scholarship
donation goes to help a specific needy girl or orphan at the Sandi House.
This is possible because Brian and Mary Ellen Kluth volunteer their time for
this project and they also personally underwrite the cost of processing fees
(7-10% for every $1 donated). All tax-deductible donations are
processed through Faith & Learning International, an ECFA-accredited
umbrella organization that receives donations on behalf of the SANDI
HOUSE. Note: When donors give through their bank accounts (online or by
check) instead of by credit card, the ministry SAVES close to 3% off of the
transaction fees charged by credit card companies. All tax-deductible
receipts for checks or online donations are sent out by Faith & Learning on
behalf of the SANDI HOUSE. Two separate funds are maintained by Faith
& Learning International for the SANDI HOUSE - Special Needs & Projects Fund and the Psalm 41:01 Scholarship Sponsors Funds (to provide
full-tuition, room, board, clothing, supplies, etc. as listed above). All expenditures, purchases, and projects are
appropriately disbursed from the proper fund as donations are available in the
accounts. At St. Paul's school a separate bank account is kept for the
Sandi House project/programs and the school has a full-time accountant on their
staff to provide proper accounting for all funds and expenditures.
15. How does
the school decide which children will receive the PSALM 41:01 SPONSOR FUND
scholarship donations? The school has two trained and dedicated full-time
social workers that does on-site home visits to evaluate each and every child
that is being considered for a scholarship sponsorship. The social
workers talk to the parent/s (if living), extended family, and neighbors.
They evaluate the living conditions, financial resources inside the family or
extended family, the child's needs, past academic experiences, distance from
the school, any health or personal problems, and their potential to do well in
school. Detailed reports are developed and kept up on every child.
There are more needy and deserving children than there are PSALM 41:01 SPONSORS
available. As people let us know they want to be a PSALM 41:01 SCHOLARSHIP SPONSOR ($41.01 per month, $125 per
quarter, or $500 per year), we will notify the social workers to go through
their current list of waiting children and invite the child to begin attending
St. Paul's School as a fully funded boarding student in the SANDI HOUSE.
Day school students or partially-funded SANDI HOUSE students can also receive
financial assistance through the SPECIAL NEEDS FUND of one-time or occasional
someone provides PSALM 41:01 SCHOLARSHIP are they sponsoring a specific
child or the SANDI HOUSE program? The sponsors support is guaranteeing
needy girls and orphans a bed in the SANDI HOUSE and a Christian education
where they will also be cared for, loved, provided daily food, and be able to
live in a healthy and happy environment. Every December you will
receive a personal letter from the girl that received your scholarship sponsor
17. What does
my $41.01 per month donation (or $125/quarterly, or
$500/annually) cover? Psalm 41:01 sponsor donations cover the costs of a girls tuition, room,
board, clothing, supplies, and basic medical needs. We will continually be
looking for additional donors to help with the PSALM 41:01 Sponsorship Fund, so
if you have to disrupt or discontinue your monthly or annual support we will
use new people's support or any reserves available to continue to keep all the
children in the school and the SANDI HOUSE.
18. How will
you stay in touch with what is happening with the students? Brian and Mary will be in monthly contact with the social
workers and are planning to take trips to Uganda every year to influence the
student's lives and help out at the school and community.
others go with you to Uganda in the future? We will be looking for ways to serve the students,
teachers, school, and community in the future and will be glad to consider
having others come with us for a 10 day trip. Typical costs will probably
be around $2900 (can fluctuate depending on airfare costs) + any needed
shots/passports and spending money. If needed, individuals going with us
to Uganda will be able to raise tax-deductible donations to go on this
short-term missions project.
20. What if I
have additional questions? Please contact Brian & Mary Ellen
Kluth at 719-930-4000 or by email.
You can write them at Brian & Mary Ellen Kluth - 34 Lookout Mountain Circle
- Golden, CO 80401.
21. How can
people donate to the SANDI HOUSE? CLICK
HERE to donate online for one-time, occasional, or on-going gifts
by credit card or from you checking or savings account. If you are
making out a check, please make it out to: Sandi
House - PO Box 480 Wheaton, IL 60187.
Questions? Contact Brian or Mary Ellen Kluth at 719-930-4000 or by email.