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    Gentle Art of Fly Fishing

    The last gift I received from my Mum, before she passed away in 1997 at the age of 72,was a Fly Fishing rod, reel, special ’fly’ line, along with casting lessons. An all-encompassing gift, which to me it has become much more; it’s a Legacy that has opened the door for a lifetime of special days for me. My Mum must have remembered the fun I had experienced fishing as a young boy 45years before! I caught my first fish in the late 1950’s. Since then, fishing has held a fascination for me, all my life. Why or how I don’t know; it doesn’t seem to have come from the…

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    Bizarre Employment Interview 1979

    In 1979 and again in the early 1982/3 I was hired as the “labour trouble shooter” for contracts in the Middle East. To say my CV, references and interviews were bizarre is an understatement. For example in 1979, an ‘employment interview’ started totally by chance whilst drinking in the Cross Keys, Lawrence Street. Chelsea. I got into a conversation about nothing special, just usual the bar bullshit with a random guy who seemed interesting. After a few beers we decided to change pubs. As we walked up Oakey Street, I eyed three ‘jack the lads’ standing by a Pillar box on the corner of Margaretta Terrace. They decided to confront me;…

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    Working on Oil Rigs 1978

    Which is crazier and/or more dangerous? Being caught in high winds whilst working in a suspended cradle 200 ft above the North Sea? OR Getting involved in blood-splattered battles in the construction camp bar?

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    Successes

    We have a number of success stories amongst our boys and girls; many are starting school for the first time and others are returning. There are those who have been on the program and are progressing to secondary, plus there are those who did exceptionally well and are now at University. Some kids have returning to their families, others have establishing their own homes. Through the program the kids, with our support have established Dancer Clubs and the acclaimed Embu County Orchestra, which has toured all over Kenya and won National awards! Not all Kids are academic; so a number of our ex street kids are assisted by us to train…

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    Football & Black Cats

    We launched the hugely successful ‘Black Cats’ Sports Program; which initially used Football to attract street children, boys and girls from the rural and slum communities. When the kids are playing and training, they are distracted away from the dangers and pitfalls that goes with living on the street; this includes crime, glue sniffing, drugs, prostitution and alcohol abuse. The charity provide kits including boots: also importantly football Coaches to supervise, support and encourage. Once trust is established we have been very successful in introducing the street kids to the benefits of Education. They are assisted in returning to local schools. In many cases where need and commitment is shown,…

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    Rescue Center for Street Kids & Feeding Program

    In many Towns our main priority is the high number of ‘street’ children; to address this serious problem we have created Rescue Centers that ‘each’ provides roughly 200 hot and substantial meals every day for the kids. We do not discriminate between street kids and those attending school who suffer from extreme poverty. In a high number of cases children from poor families, who are attending school, will have had no evening meal and had no breakfast; being constantly hungry seriously limits concentration and the ability to learn. In addition, at the Rescue Centers, we provide free educational classes, toilets and washing facilities. Most importantly of all a “safe and…

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    Children create their own family bonds

    There are six small orphaned children here between the ages of 2 and 4 years old who have formed a family bond. When I give one a biscuit he or she will not leave me until I give them another 5 for their chums; if I don’t they will run off and fetch all the others, making certain they all get an equal share. Yesterday I gave Moses (2yrs old) a plate on which there were 6 slices of pineapple, he can’t count. You could see the confusion and fear on his little face. Bless him he did hand the plate out to his chums and the look of relief…

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    Mama Sarah Obama 1922- 29 March 2021

    Mama Sarah Obama, grandmother of USA President Barack Obama; whom I was fortunate to spend a couple of hours privately with; before she was due to visit her grandson, Barack in Washington DC. She was remarkably sharp and enthusiastic, with a great sense of humor. She talked passionately about her efforts to promote education. Noting that she herself had never attended school. Mama Sarah told me “I realized the value of education when somebody would bring me a letter and I could not read it!”, so Mama Sarah made certain that all her children received an education “including Barack Obama Snr”; whom she pedaled 6 miles to and from the…

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    Revenge of the Termites

    I traveled from Siaya District, crossing the Rift Valley, to a small town on the slopes of Mt Kenya, near Nanyuki, where the British Army has a large base. I booked into a Hotel that caters for Mzungu (white people) who are planning to climb Mt Kenya. That evening there was a tremendous storm. I was in bed reading under under the canopy created by my mosquito net. Suddenly there was a build up of crashing and a buzzing racket; my room was being invaded by hundreds of Flying Termites! This particular specie is a similar in size to UK Dragon flies, 4 x 2.5cm wings, with a body length…

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    Kevin Obote

    Kevin Otieno Obote, both parents died and he lived for a time with his Auntie. He arrive at 8yrs with bad asthma, thin and had ringworm. He recovered well after receiving treatment and enjoying a healthy diet. Now doing well at school, he is usually in the top group, studying so he can get a place at University. He wants to become a Doctor.