The Kefi Foundation

The Kefi Foundation We seek and share kefi joy with those who need it most, primarily with underprivileged children in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Come with us there and share your talents and expertise on a life-enhancing, life-altering "Finding Kefi" expedition!

Kefi is about finding moments of delight. Even those living in unfortunate situations are capable of having unforgettable moments of satisfaction, even bliss. It doesn't take a whole lot to pursue a passion. But it does take something – a ball, a hoop, an introductory lesson… The Kefi Foundation is about making more moments for those whose only joy is found in those moments.

Kefi is about finding moments of delight. Even those living in unfortunate situations are capable of having unforgettable moments of satisfaction, even bliss. It doesn't take a whole lot to pursue a passion. But it does take something – a ball, a hoop, an introductory lesson… The Kefi Foundation is about making more moments for those whose only joy is found in those moments.

Operating as usual

With the world in disarray, KEFI is more important than ever. Let's keep trying to find snippets of joy during the chaos...
03/15/2020

With the world in disarray, KEFI is more important than ever. Let's keep trying to find snippets of joy during the chaos. They're there. We just have to look harder than usual during these harder than normal times. (Grand daughters Dwyn and Coale throwing leaves into the breeze in-between washing hands.)

THIS is kefi!
12/06/2019

THIS is kefi!

The Kefi Foundation's cover photo
12/03/2019

The Kefi Foundation's cover photo

Coale James Skophammer in Malibu, California, Fall, 2019
12/03/2019

Coale James Skophammer in Malibu, California, Fall, 2019

Big news coming soon regarding the first ever "Finding Kefi" service trip to Costa Rica!
11/17/2019

Big news coming soon regarding the first ever "Finding Kefi" service trip to Costa Rica!

I'm planning to visit Chamba, Mina and the girls in November to set up our first Kefi trip to Costa Rica! Hope you'll co...
08/07/2019

I'm planning to visit Chamba, Mina and the girls in November to set up our first Kefi trip to Costa Rica! Hope you'll consider joining us. It's a gorgeous place with lots of need.

02/13/2019
Coale and Kefi

Coale James Skophammer loving the puddles in Malibu, California - a kefi moment, for sure!

07/19/2018

Because of the dire situation in Nicaragua and the urgent need there, we desperately need you to help. PLEASE contribute by subscribing here: http://www.jaimerichards.org/kefifoundation.

We start with just $5/month KEFI memberships. Consider this a retirement gift not just to me, but to the people of Nicaragua. Questions? Reach out. I have so much to share!

Untitled Album
07/19/2018

Untitled Album

The Kefi Foundation
07/22/2017

The Kefi Foundation

The kids at the after school center we support in Matagalpa.
07/22/2017

The kids at the after school center we support in Matagalpa.

The Kefi foundation is pleased to announce that it's first workshop was a success! We would like to give a special shout...
11/26/2015

The Kefi foundation is pleased to announce that it's first workshop was a success! We would like to give a special shoutout for everyone who came today and all of their fantastic efforts. The goal of our workshop was to make Kefi DIY trash bag ponchos which will not only help protect children from the rain, but also spread hope happiness and joy throughout.

Come to our first service workshop this Wednesday 25th of November 4:30 at the Fremont Main Library.  Help us make ponch...
11/22/2015
First Service Workshop

Come to our first service workshop this Wednesday 25th of November 4:30 at the Fremont Main Library. Help us make ponchos from trash bags to send to Nicaragua. We're giving service hours. Sign up here if interested: http://kefi-foundation.org/#msjkefi
We hope to see you there!!!

Come to our first service workshop this Wednesday 25th of November 1:00 PM at the Fremont Main Library.  Help us make ponchos from trash bags to send to Nicaragua.  Show your thanks this Thanksgiving and help the young children survive the rainy season.  We're giving service hours so do bring your s…

The Kefi Foundation
10/30/2015

The Kefi Foundation

Msj Kefi is starting out the year with a raffle to help make some money. We will be raffling off a bunch of prep books/s...
10/24/2015
DIY Poncho Idea: How to Make a Trash Bag Raincoat: Hefty Handy Hints

Msj Kefi is starting out the year with a raffle to help make some money. We will be raffling off a bunch of prep books/school supplies for a price of $2 per ticket. If you guys are or know anyone who's interested refer them to any of the Kefi officers and we will give them tickets! Or they can also go to B33 and fill out a raffle form. It's a win-win. High chance that people will get free stuff and also funds will be raised!
Also we will be planning a workshop in November sometime. We are thinking of doing something like this:
http://www.hefty.com/handy-hints/articles/diy-poncho-idea-how-to-make-a-trash-bag-raincoat/
Many of the kids in Nicaragua have zero protection from rain, so this would be an easy to make/mass produce and efficient way to give hundreds of kids help!
Input is appreciated!!!!
Thanks

Hefty Handy Hints—Prepare for spring and summer rainstorms by making your own trash bag raincoat. Follow these instructions from Hefty and learn how to

09/18/2015

Thanks for coming to MSJ KEFI's first meeting!!!
For those of you who missed it we went over the definition of Kefi, talked about yearly plans, and looked at the Nicaragua photos. Hope to see you soon this year!

Don't forget to signup at msjkefi.net/signup.html

09/14/2015

To become a member of MSJ Kefi register here:

If you already registered, do not register again unless email address has changed

http://msjkefi.net/home/signup.html

The Kefi Foundation's cover photo
09/06/2015

The Kefi Foundation's cover photo

Kefi is a Greek word that means making the most out of nothing. We've all had our moments of KEFI, whether it's through ...
09/06/2015

Kefi is a Greek word that means making the most out of nothing. We've all had our moments of KEFI, whether it's through sports, music or anything else, but sometimes it's hard for others to experience this joy.
MSJ KEFI is aligned with the KEFI foundation whose goal is to not only spread happiness locally but also abroad. Come to our meeting on September 18 to discover the magic of KEFI, learn about amazing opportunities, and make a difference for the better!
More information to come soon!

Thank you Msj Kefi for sending volunteers on the June 2015 Nicaragua trip. It was a fantastic success!Special thanks to ...
07/28/2015

Thank you Msj Kefi for sending volunteers on the June 2015 Nicaragua trip. It was a fantastic success!

Special thanks to Mr. Richards for all his effort in putting together this fantastic and enlightening trip. Also thanks to the seeds of learning staff for allowing us to take part in such a pleasant experience. But most importantly thanks to the children of Nicaragua for filling us with immense joy and hope.

We look forward to seeing you soon for a fun and kefi-full year filled with amazing opportunities to help out!

02/13/2015
Meeting 6

From now on, all meetings will start at 12:35. Doors will be locked when meeting starts. Plan on arriving by 12:30. No late-comers will be admitted.

This is a reminder that Meeting 6 is this Friday the 13th lunch in B33 a short meeting. We will be asking for fundraiser ideas and introducing our Upcycling project. Click this link for more info about the meeting. http://msjkefi.net/blog/meetposts/postmeet6.html
and http://msjkefi.net/blog/blogpost/upcycling.html for upcycling.

We will be hosting a general fundraiser in addition to MC Week (more info coming soon), but we don’t know what to sell or do for our general fundraiser. Share your ideas during the meeting on Friday. No selling food. There is no online form to fill, only discuss at the meeting.

Nicaragua trip signups have passed. Too late to join now.

NOTICE: From now on, doors will lock at 12:35 so don't be late to meetings. Anyone who comes late will not be able to attend meeting and this is no different from ditching. We will introduce our Upcycling project, which was barely touched last meeting. Donate used shoes, books, buttons, or small toy…

The Kefi Foundation
02/12/2015

The Kefi Foundation

01/29/2015
Meeting 4

More info about the Nicaragua trip can be found at these links:
http://msjkefi.net/blog/meetposts/postmeet4.html
http://msjkefi.net/blog/posts/postNicar.html

***WE WILL AWARD ABOUT 100 SERVICE HOURS TO ALL ATTENDEES, SO PLEASE COME!!!!!! THIS IS MORE THAN ENOUGH HOURS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE.**

We are collecting paper entries for Photo/Art Contest. Be sure to include at least a 1-paragraph abstract. Image must be original. See here for official rules.This is the first year that students are invited to the Nicaragua service trip organised by Seeds of Learning and One Dollar for Life. Do not…

Come to our third meeting this Friday 30 January lunch in B33. We will be talking about our Nicaragua summer trip, colle...
01/26/2015

Come to our third meeting this Friday 30 January lunch in B33. We will be talking about our Nicaragua summer trip, collecting photo/art contest entries, walking everyone through our online store at http://msjkefi.net/webstore, mentioning apparel information, and ending the meeting with a KEFI discussion where you can all share your KEFI experiences. We will announce our Cabrillo Elementary school project in the near future.

The Kefi Foundation's cover photo
01/21/2015

The Kefi Foundation's cover photo

Meetings
01/09/2015

Meetings

01/09/2015

No meeting tomorrow. Next meeting is on the 30th, first Friday after finals.

12/24/2014
Photo/Art Contest

Here is all the info you need for the photo/art contest
http://msjkefi.net/blog/blogpost/photoart.html
Good luck and enjoy your break! See the blue. Kefi is everywhere and now is a good time to spot it.

Prizes:
Top 3: Kefi hoodie.
4, 5, 6: Kefi t-shirt.
Everyone will receive something for joining. Prize TBD.

Email your entry to [email protected] or [email protected]. Attach your picture, or scanned picture to your email. Do not paste it in the message. Picture must be an image file format (.PSD, .jpg, .PNG, etc...) and must not be a part of another non-image file. Include a one paragraph abstract, either…

12/16/2014
Join MSJ Kefi

Come to our second meeting this Friday 12/19 at lunch in C120! At the meeting we will talk a little more about Kefi, our website, pictures depicting Kefi, the photography contest, and future events. Hope to see you all there! If you have friends that have not registered remind them to go to http://msjkefi.net/signup.html to do so.


If there is time, we will distribute member ID's. Each member is assigned a unique four-digit number. Rather than writing full names and grade levels, the four-digit member ID makes life easier.

All members can check their meeting and event participation online http://msjkefi.net/attendance/Term1MSJKefi/index.html. The password is the member id, preceded by four zero's.

Address

22244 E Lyndon Loop
Castro Valley, CA
94552

General information

Non profit organization dedicated to promoting the idea of finding joy in difficult circumstances using art, music, drama, athletics, dance or academics. Join us on a "Finding Kefi" expedition to Costa Rica!

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 7pm

Telephone

(510) 585-7410

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The Kefi Foundation is a 510(c)(3) non profit organization. EIN: 26-3563846

Kefi (Greek): 1. joy, contentment, satisfaction 2. finding those during trying times 3. joy transcending circumstances

The Kefi Foundation began when my daughter, Kylene, and I were helping build a play structure at a Mexican orphanage. We were struck by the pure joy the kids radiated while playing soccer with a flat ball in a rock-filled open space that barely qualified as a “field.”

“How can they be so joyful?” we wondered.

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