Well done David!

David Illingworth2Our super hero, multi competitor, made of iron David has completed his challenge. A 1.5km swim, two half-marathons, three triathlons and a further two full marathons between 23 March 2014 and 12 October 2014! You can read all about his exploits and the issues he had to overcome on his blog here. David has so far raised £500 (offline) and is keen to meet his £800 target. You can sponsor him here. All the funds he raises will be used to provide resources for the pre-primary classes. Ket Wangi currently has 22 children in pre-primary education aged 3 to 6 years old. The resources available to stimulate the children intellectually, socially and to develop motor skills are virtually non-existent as you can see in the picture. Most of the “teaching” is done orally with the help of a few books / songs and the imagination and knowledge of their teacher, Roda Atieno. No amount of dedication on her part can make up for this lack of the most basic resources. Sadly a child that misses out on the benefits of Early Childhood Development (ECD) usually ends up performing below expected standards in school and ultimately meets limitations for a productive adult life. Below is David’s plea in his blog’s final thoughts. We’d love you to help him provide tables & chairs, games, books, paints, skipping ropes, climbing tyres, etc, etc  not forgetting some cheerful paint and posters on the walls.

So far we have raised £500.00 thanks to some generous donations. I have been informed that all of the money that has been/is to be raised is going to be used to transform the newly set up pre school classroom (ages 3-6). It will buy general classroom necessities which are currently lacking at the pre school, such as tables, books, stationary, educational and recreational games, toys, paint, posters, balls, skipping ropes etc. This will help to look after the children’s wellbeing whilst giving them a stronger foundation on which their long term educational development is to be built upon. Education is the key to improving the lives of these kids and making sure that they can provide for themselves when they are adults. The staff who work at this institution are absolutely amazing. Despite the fact that they lack the basic resources that they need, the orphanage’s school ranks amongst the top schools in their area for overall exam results. If they can do this now, then imagine what they can actually achieve when the students and teachers both have the basic necessary resources that are taken for granted in pretty much every classroom across the world.

Thank you David, this will mean a lot to 22 kiddies.

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Autumn News and the count down to Christmas

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Revising for exams

children revising in gardens

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Oh no!!

Yesterday there was a downpour in Kisumu and the weather forecast is for more rain all week. The kitchen which was cobbled up together 8 months ago has a leaking roof as you can see in the picture. We need some funds to fix it as a matter of urgency. Please can you help by donating today. Thank you kitchen roof appeal

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Open day and a nice end to the summer

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holiday trip

Special holiday trip for the 24 kids who have no relatives to go to during the holidays. But where are they off to? Is it the airport ( a favourite request!), is it the museum with a built in Luo tribe village (most of the kids are Luos) or is it the Impala Sanctuary? Well it’s all 3, thanks to a generous donor. No doubt they’ll have a great day. Living in an orphanage tends to cut kids off from the real world, so the new project co-ordinator Jeconia has started taking 2 or 3 children with him when going shopping or on various errands (while not in class of course). Good on you Jec and on his daughters, Helen and Lillian, who are using their time off school to do good by helping at Ket Wangi. Now we wait for the day’s pictures.

children setting off in two matutus.

children setting off in two matutus.

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