Hello, Like many countries, it is school holidays, it is no different in our school, but our children and teachers still come to school. Why? mainly for food. Our children go without food if they are not in school and even though it is holiday period our school remains open. We relax a little as the children do not need to be in school uniform, which is great as then their school shoes last a bit longer as do their uniforms all of which we provide and that can get a little expensive with 300 children. Lessons are still being taught, it is a time for revision, as soon after the school holiday it is exam time, and what would happen to our children if they were not in school.
So sadly many return to the rubbish dump to scavenge for food or back to the streets to beg and even to crime to be able to have food for themselves and for their family. The area in which our school is located is in one of the biggest slums of Nakuru, Kenya. Over 200,000 persons are without employment, in extreme poverty and without hope. This month I have taken the opportunity of highlighting two more children in need of sponsorship. We do understand that not everyone can, and that you do support us in other ways, but those who can I urge you to continue to read about Valentine and Joseph.
Our next newsletter will not come out before Mother's day, so I would like to wish all those whose hearts are open to a child, be it a man or woman, a father or mother, brother or sister, a friend. A child's love comes from your nurturing, understanding, compassion, unconditional love, kindness and believing in them. Happy family day.
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VALENTINE 7 years old. Valentine's mother died leaving her and her two siblings to her father who would go and look for work and lock them up in the house so that they could not tell anyone that they were being sexually abused. The family all slept on the floor at night as they did not have bed or room for beds. Gabriels has taken two of the girls into the school for education counseling and the father has been reported but no action has been taken by the police
JOSEPH is 5 years old his mother is 22 years old with 5 children from different fathers and is involved in commercial sex work. The mother goes out every night and leaves the children alone. The youngest is 4 months old. Joseph had not been coming to school because his mother could not afford plus he had to ensure that he stayed awake to help look after his siblings whilst his mother went to work. At times the mother goes out and does not return for days. Thus the children go without food. Gabriels has now taken Joseph and begun his education, giving him food, counselling and counselling the family.