May 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends

Thank you so much to the 98 friends who came to the Dinner/Dance on Saturday at the Aztec Hotel. We had a wonderful evening, and raised more than £3,000 for the Trust with which we shall open a Bursary Fund for the children who will need support when they go to Secondary School next year. We had friends from Norfolk, Suffolk, Wiltshire, Sussex, Kent, Somerset, Devon and Gloucestershire, as well as folk from the Bristol area. Many were medics and nurses, and we are grateful to them for their enthusiasm and support.

Picture 1Paul was in Kenya just over a week ago, and when he returned he felt that the economic situation would probably get much worse. The supply of maize was running out, and the price per kilo was rising daily. The rains were now coming in heavy bursts, and with no infrastructure to hold the water the peoples` plight was steadily deteriorating. Yesterday and today have proved him right. It is, quite honestly, devastating. There are now flash floods across the district and the poor peoples` homes are just being washed away. Overnight many have lost their lives. We have a picture of three young children of a family of six, all of whom drowned overnight (although we don’t feel we can share this with you). A young lad was washed away on his way to school. He has still not been found. We have photos of the main road, or rather where the road used to be; a car overturned and was swallowed up by the torrents. A family of 5 perished in it. These cases are just the tip of the iceberg and things are likely to get worse by the day as more deluges come.

Picture 2As well as the obvious need for many of somewhere to live, this will probably lead to many water-borne diseases – cholera and typhoid in particular – becoming rife in the weeks to come. This is also the malaria season, and there will be little protection from the mosquito’s. The villagers had just started to plant maize, but now it has all been washed away. Their houses are made of mud, wood and stone and so they too are just disintegrating. It would be unwise for me to comment on the political situation in Kenya, but suffice it to say that at present the politicians are doing nothing to help. This after all is Election year.

We will add some pictures for you, and if you feel you can help us to aid this terrible situation, we will send out your money to provide food, and shelter.

At present our school still stands, though there could be damage to our long drop toilets which will need to be addressed in the coming weeks.

If you would like to do so through our Website, using My Donate, please mark it `Flood Disaster`. Alternatively, please send gifts to me, and I will make sure that the money gets out there as quickly as possible.

With very many thanks – we remain – sincerely yours,

Paul and Pearl Walker.

Dinner/Dance May 2017

Paul has just returned from Kenya and details will follow.

We are excited to share with you an event we are organising to celebrate the work of the trust and share news of the work that has been done to date. All money raised from the event will go to the trust.

On 6th May we will be hosting a Dinner Dance event at the Aztec Hotel, Bristol. Tickets are £35 and the hotel will give a 20% discount for overnight accommodation. To read more click here

We look forward to sharing the evening with you.

Pearl and Paul

December Newsletter 2016

“Every picture paints a thousand words”

Did someone once say “every picture paints a thousand words”?

I do hope so! Paul tells me it was a line in a song. He has just returned again from Kenya. He worked extremely hard while he was there, seeing patients who were very sick and, in a couple of cases, dying.

On the farm, he gave permission for the well to be dug deeper to reach the water table, as water is in very short supply and other wells have dried up. Our boys working on the farm are giving out food and water to those who are without. Just north of our area, they are seeing the results of no rain since last December. Animals are dying through lack of grass, and crops are non- existent just now. We have sent out £2,000 to date to relieve some of the families, giving out maize flour and fresh water. We will continue to do what we can to relieve their suffering.

On a more positive note, our schoolchildren did extremely well in their `mock` exams. Our senior class of 9 children were among about 200 Kanamai children who took these exams at a local government primary school, and all our children were in the top 36, which is really good news. The National Examination they will sit next year is extremely important to them, as it will determine which secondary school, if any, they qualify to attend. We shall ensure they get electric lighting in their classroom and, if necessary, become boarders so they can study in the evenings during their final year at Little Angels.

So, I am attaching more photos this time, to give you a flavour of life in Kanamai!

All the Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and interest, and to wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas.
With our very best wishes

PS. A date for next year`s diary: Saturday 6th May 2017. We shall be holding a dinner/dance at the Aztec Hotel which is very close to the M5. If you can come – and perhaps stay overnight at the hotel? – you will be extremely welcome.

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