Another New Year approaches, I write from Perth late afternoon on the eve of 2019. My office now in a home that I have just recently located to and I can already hear the beginning of neighbours preparing for the night’s celebration.
I am looking forward to celebrating not only the year that is to pass but also the new year to come in.
2018, seemed only to contain six months as it passed so incredibly fast. Life I feel tends to move quickly the older I get, or is it that I endeavour to pack so much in, as there is still so much to do?
My annual trip to Kenya achieved the building of our relocated boy's orphanage and again being surprised as to how quickly our children grow.
Meeting children that had joined us in January to begin their education and following the health of our families and children with special needs.
Thankfully I returned in time to Perth to be given a most beautiful grandson from my son Adam and his lovely wife, Georgia a moment of pure happiness and so very much looking forward to spending time doing all the grandmother wonders in the years to come.
My daughter, Sarah, continued to gain success in the art world with great
jubilation and will miss her next year as she continues her passion for her work in Paris.
I was reminded on Christmas Day, through a gift from Sarah, that we are forever growing ourselves, we are always planting new ideas, like seeds that with nurturing, patience, compassion and care that great things will evolve.
2019, I see my life change due to being in a new environment, making a new home, meeting new friends and establishing myself in a new neighbourhood, which inspires me to extend even further for our children in Kenya.
My life has certainly changed over the years due to my work and the enormous responsibilities that most certainly come with the territory of having your own school and orphanage. But as our orphans and school children grow so does the knowledge that we are making such a vast difference — those who came to us as babies are now entering high school and even university. I have seen children born in the direst conditions thrive due to been given food, counselling, education and a home.
2019 excites me to know that this can continue, and will, as I encourage others to remain of this incredible journey that began back in 2008.
It is the same for all of those who are reading this New Year message, and we wish you the same excitement for change, the same interest in discoveries, the thrill of a challenge and achievement.
We know that there will be times that difficulties will find us, but knowing that these obstacles will be faced with the same tenacity of past, we will as you will succeed.
Happy most amazing New Year to you, your family and friends and continue to welcome you into our children's lives in 2019.
A year that was...
It is difficult to go back so many months to go over all that we have achieved in 2018 as we have done so very much.
We have been able to take in a further 8 abandoned children into our orphanage and sadly we have had to deal with the challenges of our Denis whose brain tumour continues to grow, but we take him to Nairobi every month for a check up and further assessments, an operation is imminent. Denis came to us when he was just a little boy now reaching 16 and soon high school he has grown as we have grown.
Soon Denis along with 35 other boy's will be moving from their current home within our school grounds to a newly built orphanage on our farm, located 20 minutes drive from our school. The new home will allow our boys so much more playing space and to be able to learn farming and husbandry in their spare time. For one of our boys Juma he is doubly thrilled, as when he was abandoned with his brother Diblo, we made a home for them in our orphanage and also saved two of the puppies that Juma's dog had just given birth too. The puppy grew and had her own offspring of which are now on the farm, Juma is over the moon. He very much loves dogs.
With our boys in their new home, we will be doing a few renovations and making the current girls and boys dormitory all into one, so that we will be able to home more girls. Unfortunately there is a great need to save girls from the streets of which they are abandoned in and to give refuge to girls who are in need of saving from sexual work and drugs, which are two areas that so many girls are forced into so that their family can afford food and rent.
Our year has been wonderfully filled with volunteers from all over the world, and each time we are thrilled to be able to host them. Volunteering means so much to our children, it brings them new games, new stories, songs and music. Fun lessons in class and even new foods to taste. We have had tray loads of home made cinnamon buns from a Manu from Spain, hot dogs and coleslaw from Sim and Danni of Australia and fun chapati making every Friday with our volunteers. Our volunteers give hope to our children, our children are thankful that they are not forgotten and they are aware that each volunteer travels hundreds of miles to be with them, it is a very special visit for so many.
We continue with our vision to educate, give medical assistance, foods and clean drinking water to those whose lives are so far removed from our own. From, what seems so many years ago when we began to where we are now, 'we have come from far' as Chris (School Director always says) and we continue grow with the help of others who are on this most amazing journey with so many.
We wish you Peace, Joy and Love for the Christmas period and all the days that follow....