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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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    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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    The essential role of Education

    I am seeing, first hand, the struggles and sacrifices parents make in a genuine attempt to better the lives of their children through education here in rural Africa. Once I was part of the same experience, disappointing my own parents in not taking the opportunity that I was given. However, as parents we made sacrifices, educating my own daughter, Georgina; giving her the very best we could provide, as do a great numbers of parents/grandparents. In the UK we have so much more… In Kenya they have far more challenges including share one book among 3 pupils, even in class 8 when taking important exams to go to secondary school.…

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    New vocation as a Teacher

    I am no longer painter, there ended up being more paint on the floor, myself and the children! I have a new vocation, as a Teacher, and have been invited around the local schools to give motivational talks about the real benefits of education, and generally discuss modern life in UK and the developed world, which stimulated lots of questions. The Kenyan Government funds schooling (to a point). For example, the government supplies 8 teachers and parents chip in to fund the other 2 or 3 as necessary. By law, many schools supplement their income by creative means including have a dairy cow or two, growing crops (usually maize), charging…