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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Getting their knickers in a twist

…..if only they had some. Through Chinese whispers some of the girls have revealed that they only have one pair of knickers each and that they have to carefully (because of holes or loose elastics) wash them each night. For those menstruating it’s a real challenge every month and most have outgrown them too. Ladies, girls, just try and imagine, just the one pair of knickers in your drawers, well actually not in your drawers, on you and that’s it. Not a comfortable thought is it? Sending some is not an option due to the high duties charged, so let us start a new Chinese whisper on their behalf; “shall we get these girls some new panties” and see where it leads us to. Thank you for caring. You may donate here. All funds will be used to buy underwear to as many of the children as possible.

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Bed bugs are NO LONGER biting

Thanks to the generosity of Dr Ashton and Mr Khan, all the 46 children now have a bed, a new mattress and some new bedding. It has been very exciting for the kids as some had never slept in a bed before. No more sharing grubby mattresses on the floor or nasty rashes for that matter. In addition to the 10 bunk beds they had, 26 platform beds were made last week that can easily be moved about if needed, as space is at a premium in the dormitories.
Lots of maintenance work also took place with the replacement of broken windows, repairs to crumbling classroom walls and even a wobbly gate and the removal of a wasp nest. All this just in time to celebrate end of term results with an open day. More on that later this month. For now enjoy the sight of goodies arriving at Ket Wangi and please keep donating, our kitty is now pretty much empty.

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Some excellent school results

Term 2 2014 evaluation test results for class 6 & 7 for the Kajulu zone are out. 868 children in class 6 and 857 in class 7 took part overall. The children have done ever so well. Not only did Ket Wangi rank 9th out of 21 schools for class 6 and 7th out of 20 schools for class 7, but the children achieved some spectacular results in science and maths. Out of the first 10 children in science, 5 are from Ket Wangi with marks of 90 for 4 of them and 94 for Melvyn Atieno, putting her in 1st place. In class 7, Beryl achieved 10th place overall and 2nd place in maths with a score of 96. These results are a testimony to the quality of teaching that the children are receiving from the teachers. It is certainly not due to the availability of resources as the children were only given access to curriculum books and a desk a few months ago. We must single out science teacher Isaac, a young teacher that put his heart into his work and this despite going months without pay. Please support their work with a donation today, Isaac deserves it, they all deserve it. They are working so that the children have a better future than the previous generations, we are behind them 100%. An average monthly salary is £60 but our regular monthly guaranteed income is still only £55! We need some serious help when it comes to overheads and staff pay. Every donation is precious to us and there are many ways to contribute on the website. Thank you.
You can see all the test results here (page loading can take a few seconds, sorry) http://www.flipsnack.com/ketwangi/evaluation-test-results-1.html

children working hard

children working hard

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bed bugs ARE biting………. for now

We may be in the middle of summer but there has been a spring clean atmosphere at the orphanage. As well as giving the place a good clean, there has been some maintenance work to stop the gate falling on the children; stop the kids from being chased by bees and stop the kindergarden kids from sitting on the floor. We need to do more and with your help are going to go at it, area by area. This week we need to raise some funds to give all the children an individual bed of sort to stop another epidemic of scabbies and provide new beddings. This is not just a nice gesture for the children, it is an order from social services and it needs to happen soon. We don’t have enough room for proper beds, so we are planning on having individual platforms made of wood that can be lifted against walls in the day. kids on floorWith just £35 you could provide a platform and mattress with a complete bedding set for a child, that’s a pillow, sheets and a blanket. A coat of paint to brighten the place up would be a nice addition. Today, we received £41.62 from our knitting ladies in Scotland, so that’s one bed sorted and a bit of paint. Thank you ladies. One down, 45 to go.
Donations have been extremely poor these last two months, so if you can help us by sponsoring a bed, that would be fantastic. Thank you.

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Standing up and being counted

Thursday 24th July witnessed quite an extraordinary sight at Ket Wangi: 45 widows, some members of the Ket Wangi Widows and Orphans Support Women’s Group some not, descending on the orphanage with the sole purpose to cook a meal for the children out of their own pockets and to give the house and the dormitories in particular a good clean up. There have been a few such gatherings recently with much activities going on, but never with that many turning up. This was the ladies’ way to show their renewed support and commitment to the children of Ket Wangi after a period of some turmoil. Community engagement at its best.

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