July Newsletter 2016

The School is working well, and the children are now working hard for their end of year exams.

Paul went out to Kenya at the end of May and this proved to be a most testing time for him, as when he arrived at Nairobi on the Saturday, they confiscated his luggage, and he travelled on to Mombasa with only his hand luggage. It took an awful lot of time and patience to get it delivered, but they were finally united on the Monday, about midnight, so the next few days were rather hectic for him.

June 2016 visit 012However, he saw lots of patients, and met with the teachers and staff at the school, the boys working on the farm, and many other people.

Life is very hard for all these poor Kenyans, as the number of visitors is very low, and many hotels and restaurants are shutting, with the obvious shortage of jobs for them. The farm continues to provide food and income for the four families working there, and we are continually looking at new ways to help them achieve more.

June 2016 visit 007 (002)The School is working well, and the children are now working hard for their end of year exams. For the first time the older ones will be taking their ‘finals’ and what they do next is going to depend on their results. If they do well, then they will be eligible for a government grant for secondary education, though they will still need some help with uniforms, shoes, and books. We have had the school redecorated, erected a new fence and also new security lights.

While Paul was in Kenya, Pearl attended a ‘wine tasting’ evening laid on by friends in Devon, in aid of the Trust. This proved to be most successful, and enabled the completion of the final classroom for us, so we are most grateful to all those who contributed to that evening.

School visits are still very important and Pearl has spent some lovely time at both St Peter’s in Portishead, and Longwell Green. Both school have worked hard to raise money for the Trust, and the children at St Peter’s arranged a ‘singing for Kenya’ event, to enable the Trust to buy a television and possibly a DVD player for the School. They have also learned a lot about Kenya, and did a “do you know….” lot for their parents about life in Kenya. Longwell Green are holding their annual Charity Fair too before the end of term.

Paul is due to go out again in August, and we will provide an update on his return.

Meanwhile, many thanks for all the wonderful gifts we have received recently.

With our best wishes

Paul, Pearl, George, Debbie & Paul