The past few weeks have been very busy ... with Christopher our School and Orphanage Director whose visit was sponsored to Perth to came to meet with other school Principals and to meet and greet our sponsors and supporters. I asked Chris on the way to the airport "Of all the things you have seen and done, what is the one thing you will take back to Kenya with you?" he replied "The generosity and the warmth of your people." Thank you to all!! This month I wanted to share with you some our volunteers, who everyday takes a child into their hearts. I am often asked if volunteering is beneficial to our children, in respect that our children make friendships and then the volunteer leaves. Volunteering is so beneficial to us all.
The children continue to learn and practice their English, they are given an opportunity to be able to share some of their stories which helps the healing process, the $30.00 a night which a volunteer pays for full board in our Homestay, assists in financing our orphanage which gives a new life of safety and love. Plus many of our volunteers have returned to their own lives but taken a commitment to sponsor a child who they meet whilst with us, which makes an enormous change to the future of that child. Volunteers show to our children that they are not forgotten: a complete stranger travels so many miles away from their own family and friends and chooses to spend it with them... they are immensely grateful. Volunteers come from all over the world and currently this month we are able to greet Catherine and Lyn from Perth, and Chandree from Germany followed in July Veronica from Melbourne, Tim, Hamish and Georgia, Perth and Isaac from USA. I hope the photos tell the story, for it is within our school and orphanage you can only truly see how another person can and does make a difference to a life. See and hear as well...... Our July's 'Messenger of Hope' will be coming to you from Kenya, as I return in a few weeks.
Hoping to erect a 'shed' like structure so that 100 of our children will be able to have their only meal a day with the other 200, currently we have to do our meals in shifts. We have far outgrown our dining area, plus we hope to begin to build our last classroom for Grade 8. I shall look forward to sharing our progress with you.
Susan Saleeba Founder Nakuru Hope Inc. Gabriel Learning School and Orphanage From our School and Orphanage
Director - Christopher Makokha JAMBO,
I am now back in my country of Kenya, which is so very different from your country. One of the first things that I noticed when I arrived into Nairobi is traffic from our airport to our capital of Nairobi, how very congested it is, no traffic lights, no stopping for anyone walking across the road. I had never seen another country before so I had no idea many things would be so different. Your streets are very clean, and rubbish bins everywhere, sadly ours are not. When I was in school we were never taught to collect our rubbish, here in the slums without enough toilets and so many people you can only imagine the rubbish. Again this is not because we do not care, but our community does not have money for food without even thinking about paying for a collection or matches to burn. I saw so many differences in your schools as I had mentioned before, and now returning it would be nice to have what you have but we must also remember that for our children, what they have now they would never thought that it would ever have been possible.
They are truly grateful for every single item they have and to them it is their everything. We have come from far, harder the journey the more appreciation we have. In time as we continue to grow I am sure our efforts will reap the reward and even perhaps one day some of our children will also be able to visit your country from being educated. Our children were so happy to see me home again, and wanted to hear of my adventure. It is hard for me to answer some of their questions in a way that they can understand as the outside world is still very unknown to them. I have told them of the beauty of Perth and the people, the food, and clean drinking water, that transport is safe and those in the shops greet you and smile. There was a lot of laughter and not truly understanding how you don't all have cows in your yard and that there is a toilet and shower in a house.
My visit to Perth was amazing, visiting your schools, homes and being part of another culture but at all times my heart was most definitely here with my children in our school but I am truly thankful that we have dear friends afar.
Asante Sana. Christopher
VOLUNTEERS WHO CHANGE THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN BY JUST BEING WITH US.