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....