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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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    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 Hatch of the Termites

    In recent times I have been sitting down to enjoying meals with large groups, not business lunches or ‘contrived’ dinner parties; but with families and/or a collection of friends, this is surprisingly novel to me. I appreciate good food and recognize that I really do enjoy the relaxed banter. Today there was an enormous hatch of what looked Mayfly; on closer inspection they looked like big flying Ants. However, I was shown they are in fact Termites. Kioni explained that the Termites come out of their holes, fly around for a short time and on landing their wings drop off. The males and females find each other, go off to…

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    New Nanny Goat

    If I was asked what strikes me most here in rural Kenya, it is the real depth of poverty and pain. Watching children devouring a meal as if it may be their last or until whenever, certainly highlights for me that those in poverty really do live their lives “a day at a time”; a mantra that addicts the world over recognize, and indeed has proved to be the best way for me too! When lacking gratitude I reminded myself of heart wrenching sights at which I will never point my camera and hopefully never personally experience. Over the last few weeks it was made apparent to me that 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…

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    Extreme Poverty vs The Modern World

    Living amongst extreme poverty is opening my eyes to how easily I getting bogged down with self-centred worries over my perceived position in modern sociality (size of my car/house/job title etc.). Yet, I do and will always enjoy material benefits including a hot shower, a Starbucks, electricity 24 x 7 and more (inc. car / home). Speaking for myself, I have found that an extreme challenge, climbing a mountain or helping others, creates changes in me in varying degrees, some little and some bigger. Certainly each small step alters my perspective of my place in this world. I notice that I am like a recent non-smoker who doesn’t want to…