Over the last few days, our main project has been to visit as many of the children in their homes as possible. This is useful in lots of different ways; firstly if they have already received a donation from us (many have received mosquito nets in the past), we can make sure that the family still have it and are using it rather than saving it for best; as well as taking some photos for you back home to see where your money has gone. Also, it gives us a really good insight into each child’s situation and how we can best go about helping them. It also invariably enables us to identify the families who are most in need of support and we have met some families who are really struggling in their daily life.
We have so far visited families with children at Victory Academy Kindergarten (kids aged 18months to 7years), Royal Academy Primary School (kids aged 18months to 13 years) and Rescue Foundation Mtomondoni (kids aged 18months to 15years).
One family we met today have a child named Munera who attends Royal Academy. She is currently living with her mother and two siblings, one of whom is severely disabled. In the same room live her aunt and her aunt’s two children as well has her grandparents. In total the family are nine and the room is roughly 2 by 3 metres.
At Rescue Foundation, we met children who are walking around 3km each way to school every day, without any shoes and at Victory we met many children who are orphans or from single parent families.
This is just a sample of the visits we have undertaken over the last few days, there are many more just like them.
After all the visits are complete, we will have the task of selecting families to receive the food parcels and mosquito nets which you have donated over the Christmas period. These will make a huge difference, so thank-you for your support.
On Monday we will be visiting children from New Life School in Mtomondoni, many of whom have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Keep checking the site for updates on everything we are up to.
The Milele Christmas Gifts are now available! They make a perfect gift for ‘hard-to-buy-for’ people this year! Donate to Milele this christmas and we will buy a mosquito net (£5) or a food parcel (£10) for a family in Kenya. In return you will get a gift certificate to pass on to someone in this country explaining why the gift is so important – the ideal substitute for a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine.
Mosquito Nets (£5)
With malaria one of the biggest killers of children under 5 in this area, nets keep little ones safe during their first few years of life. They are specially treated to provide maximum protection.
Food Parcels (£10)
No family should be hungry this Christmas. Food parcels provide healthy and tasty sustenance to families who are malnourished and struggling for food.
To order a net or a food parcel drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lets make a real difference
Last year together we managed to give Mosquito nets and food parcels to 38 families. After visiting the homes of these families and seeing the incredible difference they make, I can truly tell you there really is no better way to spend your money this year. One mother told me she had been really scared of Malaria after the long rainy season, but since receiving the net, not one of her children has contracted Malaria. This year we can do even better – we can reach even more children and families and save more lives.
Donate to Milele this christmas and we will spend your donation on crucial, life-saving christmas gifts such as mosquito nets or food parcels. In return you will recieve a gift certificate explaining exactly how and why your gift was so important. These are perfect stocking fillers for those ‘hard to buy for’ families and will make christmas all the more special knowing you have helped a child this year.
To get involved in Milele Christmas Gifts this year simply send us an email or give me a call on 07950329398. Donations can be made of any sum (increments of £5 only please) and 100% of your donation will be spent on the children who need it most! Give us a call or drop us a line today to get yours started.
£5 for one net
With malaria being one of the biggest killers of children under 5 in Kenya they are a way to keep little ones safe during their first few years of life. They are specially treated to provide the most protection and last around 15 years so can be re-used by the extended family.
£5 for one weeks worth of food
Food parcels will provide basic, healthy and tasty sustinance to families who are struggling for food this christmas. They consist of basic staples such as flour, maize, rice and beans as well as vegetables and some meat, chicken and/or fish, so they will provide a healthy diet for an average sized family.
We wanted to update you all on the latest news from Mtwapa.
The boys are now back at school and are enjoying all their lessons. They have all progressed to the next class, with top marks!
The children’s home had some wonderful celebrations at christmas, and the boys spent one week in their hometown of Takaungu with their uncles, aunts, sisters and cousins.
We are planning our next trip to kenya in March and will have lots more news and photographs for you while we are out there.
We are hoping to take details of all the boys sponsors to them in March when we go, so if it is possible we would love sponsors to prepare a letter, photograph or some sort of greeting to their sponsored child, we will then be able to help them prepare their first letter and bring it back with us. Please contact us at email@example.com to arrange this!