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How fortunate are we?
Here we are, enjoying the benefits of comfortable homes, good food, and luxuries
such as computers and the internet, and not the least, good education for
our children. Not everyone in the world is so fortunate. We've all seen examples
on the television, and at times, it brings a lump to our throats and tears
to our eyes. What happens there in third world countries when the TV crews
have gone home, and we get on with our lives? Those people we have seen stay
there, and get on with their lives too.
A small donation can make a huge difference, especially if that donation
is made direct and not soaked up by high administrative costs. We believe
in taking money direct to where it matters and spending it where it matters.
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Local pictures of interest
THE CHIGA PROJECT - GRANDPARENTS WITH ORPHANS
DAGO KOKORE SCHOOL
SPONSORING ORPHANS TO SECONDARY SCHOOL
Making a huge difference to the lives of
some orphan children. An on-going project.
OUR NEXT VISIT TO
28 September to 11 October
This time I shall be going with my son Paul. This will be his
first visit to Kenya. There are no big new major projects to take
care of (I don't think!), and this is a general visit of
encouragement to the locals in the community and the children in the
schools. They really appreciate that someone is thinking about them
and praying for them! We hope to be finding some needy families to
help some families by providing a little money. (They
won't be hard to find!) A small amount of money goes a long way when
the equivalent of $1 is enough to feed a family for a day. It
is even more valuable when they don't have that $1.
There is one angel of a lady who has adopted some street orphans,
whose meagre mud hut was destroyed in a storm. We have already
provided some money to get her home habitable again, but during this
visit we'll do more for her.
I also plan to make a couple of visits to the little local
cottage hospital. People go there with little children when they are
ill, but can't afford innoculations or medication, and often just go
away and wait for their babies to die. Death of children is just a
fact of life. But we can do something about that, simply by
intercepting them and providing $10 (or less!) for the treatment.
The money is placed direct into the hands of those desperate mothers
at the entrance to the dispensary. As you can imagine, it is a very
moving experience for everyone concerned, especially when a life is
saved. I wish we could be there every day, but at least we can do
something for a few when we are there.
So where does this money come from? Well, I am now retired and
don't have an income any longer, but as an "extended hobby" I make
pens and classy shaving brushes, and the profits from that go
into my "Kenya Fund". We also have a few donations from kind people
THE NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL AT ALARA
We opened our new Primary School at Alara in August 2009. We still need help
with resources for the school
SEWING AND DRESSMAKING TRAINING FOR GIRLS
Providing work based training for girls to give hope for the
THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
A taste of the local community in and around Kiboswa, near Kisumu.
Most aid organisations have projects that are organised in the western world,
and that's the way that it has always been done. Well, we don't believe in
just throwing money into a black hole, where much of it is soaked up by
corruption. History has shown us that doesn't make a big difference in reality.
Africa is still the same. We believe that projects need to be owned and organised
by the local people.We like to assist the community to genuinely help themselves.
To help them set up projects that are sustainable. All they need is a start.
We can't help the whole of Africa, or the whole of Kenya, but we can, and
do, make a huge difference to one local community!
ONSONGO ARTISANS and CARVERS
SELF HELP GROUP
Helping a village community to help themselves by producing cards and carvings
We began assisting Dago Kokore School in 2002. This is an
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