Happy New Year ... from Christopher Makokha. School and Orphanage Director. -
Happy happy new year to all our families and friends.The new term and the new year has just begun with having more students in our baby class who have never been to school and it's their first time away from their homes and parents. We are also excited as currently, our school is growing up as we are now having grade 7 and will be introducing computers to this class. In Kenya the school curriculum now includes computers for Grade 7 which was not included before so we are thankful that we will be able to bring these to our children this year then next year we will be having our first grade 8.
We continue to look forward to welcoming more children to our school to give them hope and who now know of better future through getting an education and we continue to be thankful for all the volunteers who visit us, help us and be with our children to show them that they are not forgotten. We are looking forward to making more volunteer friendships in 2018.
Good news our cow Carla has made us proud by giving us a gift of a son. Carla will now enable us to expand our project by providing with more milk to our children to improve the nutrition for our children, whilst saving much for her newborn. Our days have not all been filled with good news already this year. Please meet Miriam below is 9 years old and has cerebral palsy. Most of the time she is left alone in the house on a wooden bed with no mattress affecting laying in her own urine, her bone's health has deteriorated. Her mother has ten children and fourteen grandchildren that she takes care of.
The husband passed on a few years back and was left with the responsibility of taking care of the children. All of her children are not employable as they have not had the opportunity of an education and therefore depends on their mother to cater to their needs or go begging on the streets. Some of the children do not go to school as the mother cannot afford to take them to school.
Currently, the mother is unemployed and has to move from one house to another to look for work of washing other people’s clothes. There would never be any hope for this family but we will begin by having Miriam assessed to see what we can do for her, already we have cleaned her bed sores and ensured that she is out of bed some days and in the sun.
We have also taken ’three of her siblings to us for and education and a better future. In time little Miriam is in need of joining a special school where she can be taken care of to improve on her health. Without she will not survive. We have also been able to take some new students to high school which is such a wonderful next step, I have shown below one of our students, Violet and her first day. It is fast becoming a busy year for us, we are hopeful to build on our farm for our boy's orphanage and a dream for a bus I do hope you will follow our journey through our newsletters. Mumma Susan and all here at Gabriels very much wish you all the best, as we all remember
'A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal'
Have a blessed 2018 Christopher