Christmas Newsletter 2017

Firstly, apologies that this letter has been a long time coming! We have had a busy summer, and there has been a fair bit of work to do in Kenya, one way or another.

We had a drought; there had been very little rain for the last 2 years. This meant that very little food had been grown, and the cost of food was rising virtually by the day.

Having done what we could to help with the purchase of food, it then rained and rained!

So much rain, that whole villages and roads were washed away, and we received horrific pictures of the consequences. Many people, including children, lost their lives, and we sent out every piece of clothing and blankets which we had here to help, as well as extra money for food. Our school lost a bit of the roof, so that was replaced, and of course, the long-drop toilets needed emptying as they had flooded. It was awful to see how the homes built of mud and sticks, just disintegrated, and were left, in some cases, with just their bamboo roofs at floor level. This was followed inevitably with a fair bit of illness, particularly amongst the children. We are grateful to those who have helped us with extra funds to send out, and the support given by the two schools which Pearl visits was just wonderful. One School held a summer fair, and raised more than £500, and the other school also had a sale and raised in excess of £450. During the summer holidays whilst in the High Street shopping, Pearl noticed a sale going on in a front garden. Imagine her surprise when she went to investigate, to find it was 3 girls from the school holding a sale of their books, toys, clothes, DVD’s etc., in aid of the Kanamai Trust! They had taken pictures off the internet to decorate their stall, and it was really beautiful. They raised more than £220. We used this money to buy school books which we desperately needed. So, a big thank you to all our young supporters. We really couldn’t manage without you.

Earlier in the year, our oldest children took their mock finals, and did very well. They have just recently taken them for real, and we await the outcome. Their results will determine which senior schools they are able to attend so they are really important.

With all the upheavals caused by the elections it has not been easy living for our friends in Kenya. The future is not good, when you realise that tourism is virtually non existent, and on which they were dependent.

On a happier note, we had a dinner/dance in late Spring, which was a great success. We have just booked to hold another one on September 29th 2018, so book the date in your diary now and join us. It will be a great evening. Thanks to Wendy for organising this year’s event, and also next years event too!

We are going to add some photos for you which we hope you will find of interest.

Of great concern to us is the continuing rise in the cost of living in Kenya, and of course, this reflects on what we can do, particularly at the school. Throughout the last year, we have continued to supply porridge for the children for breakfast, and a meal at lunchtime. We are now very rarely able to provide meat as the cost is too high. The children in the dormitory need another meal in the evening, too of course. In 2012 we were able to fund education, food, medicines and even a school uniform for £40 a year per pupil. Sadly that is no longer the case, so if anyone can increase their annual giving even by £5 it would make our task a lot easier.

Many, many thanks for your support and encouragement. We are only able to do what we do because of your help.

Thank you too to George who has helped us with the website. Earlier in the year, it crashed, and so it meant a lot of work for George to get it put right. For technical reasons he will no longer be a Trustee, though he is going to continue doing what he does so well on behalf of the Trust.

May we take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas and the New Year.

Paul, Pearl, George, Debbie & Paul

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