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Trip to the beach for our sponsored children!

Visits to the beach are extremely rare for children from Mtwapa; since, despite being just a few miles away, they are mostly owned by hotels and therefore completely out of bounds for local people and children. However there is one public beach about 15 minutes drive away, so whilst out on our trip to Kenya we arranged for two buses to take the whole Milele group plus all their brothers and sisters out on a trip to the beach, in total 32 people.

Excitement brewing on the bus!
Excitement brewing on the bus!

The children were extremely excited and had an absolutely amazing time. It was a great fun day out for all of us and of course they were all absolutely perfectly behaved!

Splish Splash! The whole Milele crew plus all their families enjoying the beach outing!
Splish Splash! The whole Milele crew plus all their families enjoying the beach outing!

We played and splashed in the sea (some of the littler people went skinny dipping and others wore spare t-shirts and shorts because of lack of swim kit) and had a wonderful time! Even our co-ordinator Rieder joined in, splashing all the children and having great fun!

After a couple of hours I was keen to get everyone out and dry, so suggested that they might all like to have a camel ride (a very popular pastime on the beaches in Kenya… perhaps the kenyan version of the english donkey ride…) and never have I seen children move so fast! They raced back to the beach at lightening speed and we all enjoyed a fab picnic with juice and biscuits all round – a real treat. Little Emmanuel (who isn’t actually that little anymore) was allowed to take charge of taking back the leftover biscuits to the children in New Light Children’s Home (where he lives) which he was absolutely THRILLED about. Regular readers of this blog will know Emmanuel as the child who can never be given quite enough biscuits!!

Back to Front: Linet, Naomi, Peris and Janet enjoy their camel ride
Back to Front: Linet, Naomi, Peris and Janet enjoy their camel ride

After the beach everyone had a go on the camels and shrieksof nervousness and excited delight rang out all afternoon(the camel holding Tamira, Linet, Peris and Pendo’s younger sister Faith was particularly noisy!!)  and I’m sure the children will be talking about it for years to come! When we dropped off some of the children that evening and stayed for a brief chat, Shakeel, who is just four years old just kept exclaiming “mummy, we went on a camel…. we went on a camel mummy… It was really big!!” every few minutes!

Little Saidi with his older sister Riziki have a turn!
Little Saidi with his older sister Riziki have a turn!

The whole thing came in at less than £40… camel rides, picnic, beach, private buses and iced lollies for 32 people! Unbelievable! We finished up a trip back to Mtwapa with some very sleepy and happy children. A huge success all round. Enjoy the photos!

Best of friends already! New sponsored child Thomas (left) makes friends with Kaingu
Best of friends already! New sponsored child Thomas (left) makes friends with Kaingu

Bamburi Nature Trail

Hi All,

A couple of days ago we took all of the sponsored children who attend Mtwapa Academy to Bamburi Nature Trail, this is like a cross between a mini safari park and a zoo. We thought it would be nice to let all the sponsored children get to know each other a bit better as well as having a bit of a treat. We gave them a disposable camera to take their own photos but we’ll put some of ours on here so you can see.

emmanuel_with_a_giant_tortoiseEveryone was very excited and we all got the chance to see lots of animals and learn all about them with the tour guide. The children wrote some sentences or paragraphs about their favourite animals, so we’ll include them below for you to enjoy! They are exactly as the children wrote them and they only did one draft so hopefully you will understand them!

Emmanuel (age 7)
My favourite animal is monkey. I like monkey because good. The monkey is very small. The monkey is good at climbing the trees. The monkey is black in colour. The monkey eat pellets and eat bananas. The monkey likes to run.

Kaingu (aged 9)
My favourite animal is giraffe. I like it because have long neck and like it because have long legs. Giraffe is colour brown and yellow and I like it because if you want to feed giraffe you put food in your hand and give to giraffe. I like giraffe because giraffe is bigger than all animals in the world and I like with his colour.

The children were told that if they could catch a fish they could keep it!
The children were told that if they could catch a fish they could keep it!

Pendo (aged 8 )
My favourite is giraffe. Why do you like? Because he has a long neck. He is feed on my hand. He looks like brown colour and black. I have see 6 giraffe and I have like so much and I have see most of them are boys and girls. They were have long legs and feed on trees. There food is in colour brown. Also I have seen some others. Most of them are snake and I have like them so much and I have see also hippos and trees.

Josephine (aged 14)
My favourite animal is monkey. I like monkey because it is very funny. It acts like a human being. Monkey likes eating things like mangos, banana and other food. Its like climbing the trees. Its like playing with children. They like stealing food if they feel hungry. When you chase the monkeys they run towards the trees. When I see monkeys I feel very excited. I like spending time with the monkeys staring at them.

Tamira (aged 7)
My favourite animal is a snake. I like the snake because is good. The snake is small and doesn’t have any legs. When I saw the snake I felt happy. There were many snakes it was black.

Safari (aged 10)
My favourite animal is called giraffe. It is big and has long neck. He has a beautiful colour. His colour is brown, white. I like giraffe very much. Because its bigger than others, they eat good food. Giraffe is good than others because he has good colours. The giraffe is not dangerous than others.

Charo (aged 11)
My favourite animal is crocodile. A crocodile is a dangerous animal. It’s live in water. Crocodile feeds different of foods. Crocodile eats fish, house fly, human being and rotting meat because he has no tongue to taste foods. In one month crocodile eat one time and has hard skin. In one year crocodile lays 60 eggs. I like crocodile.

Here in Mtwapa

Hello All,

We landed in Kenya yesterday and have big plans for our trip this time. As well as checking on the progress of our boys we will also be arranging the first volunteer programme for Milele. We also have lots of shoes and clothes to give out as well as some school supplies for one of the local community schools.

Keep checking the site for more news and hopefully a few pictures!

Rich and Amy

A treat trip to Nakumatt for our boys!

Smiling boys with bulging bags!
Smiling boys with bulging bags!

Thanks to one of our sponsors who sent across £20, all four boys Charo, Safari, Kaingu and Emmanuel had the opportunity to visit the local supermarket and choose their own gifts!

They had an amazing time since just visiting such a posh shop was a big treat for them. They all dressed up in their best finery to go, and were so in awe of the building itself that they almost forgot they were able to buy things as well!! They chose such lovely things to buy, such as shoe polish and shoe brushes as well as fizzy drinks, sweets, biscuits and cakes! We got a great photograph of them for you with big smiles and bulging bags!

Thank-you once again to this sponsor for giving them such a great experience.

More Photos of Mbazi

Waiting for lunch!
Waiting for lunch!

Photographs of the nursery school are on their way, in the mean time there are a few more of the feeding programme last saturday! Enjoy!

Great to see everybody eating
Great to see everybody eating
Playing with the camera
Playing with the camera
Playing with the camera
Playing with the camera
The classroom for 40 nursery school children and the kitchen at weekends; feeding 200
The classroom for 40 nursery school children and the kitchen at weekends; feeding 200
Yummy Yummy!
Yummy Yummy!
Queuing to get their food
Queuing to get their food
Children gathering ready for the food!
Children gathering ready for the food!

Mbazi Community Association

On saturday we took a trip to visit a new group for the first time. The group is based in a very rural area towards Takaungu called ‘Gorofani’. The name of the town means ‘place with a storey building’ on account of the fact that near the main road passing through the town there is a two-storey house; quite a rarity in this area!

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The Kitchen and nursery school, catering for 200 hungry mouths!

The group itself is comprised of 12 local adults who founded an association to provide aid for needy children, orphans and those living with only one parent or in very impoverished circumstances. The group provides a feeding programme every Saturday with 200 children already registered in its first year of running. This week more than 150 children came to eat rice and beans. The group also has a nursery school running in the mornings from Monday to Friday to provide education for 40 of the youngest children who cannot walk the 8 kilometres to the nearest school and back every day. The group has documented more than 600 orphans, one parent children and needy children in the very local area alone who are currently not receiving regular meals or any education and could therefore benefit from its support.

The projects currently receive some support from the government in the form of flour, rice and beans to distribute, any extra costs are currently being scraped together using small weekly donations from the committee members, local volunteer staff, cooks and teachers.

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Yummy Yummy!

Although the intentions of this project and its potential are fantastic and the resourcefulness and dedication of the association’s members is astounding; it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘living on a shoe-string’!

The kitchen for all 200 children is transformed during the week into the nursery school, and the cooking equipment consists of one very large metal pot, a large spoon made of coconut shell, wood for the fire and a box of matches. There is also a nearby freshwater well which has been built by the members and this water is used for the cooking.

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Playing football with a ball made of plastic bags
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Cooking for all the children

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed the day. It was truly special to see such a  well managed, independent local group doing such good work with such a small amount of money. Keep your eyes peeled for more pictures of this group when we go back there tomorrow!

We have Landed!

Hello everyone!

We have arrived in Kenya and are pleased to find everyone so well and happy.

We have visited the school where all the children are very busy doing their end of term examinations in preparation for the easter break in two weeks time.

This afternoon we are going to the childrens home to distibute all the sponsors’ letters and gifts so keep you eyes peeled for photos and more updates coming soon!

Amy and Rich

Off to kenya

Well it’s come to that time, we have just 1 day left before we depart on our first official trip.

The bags are packed as much as they physically can be to ensure as many kenyan children can receive gifts as possible. Unfortunately we will not be able to fit every single item in our bags but we will ensure every item donated is used to help as many Kenyan families as possible.

On our visit we will be taking on our first 4 children! That’s right 4! This mean we will be looking for 12 sponsors when we return so make sure you send us an email and register your interest if you want to become a sponsor. We will be updating the news blog as much as we can with articles, photos and hopefully some videos over the next 3 weeks to make sure everyone can see our new children and check out what we are getting up t0.