We are all preparing to have a Milele volunteer in Kenya! Billy Reed is going out on the 31st of August and will be staying for four months in Mtwapa town with a host family who can’t wait to welcome him into their home! Whilst he is there, Billy has volunteered to work with some of the local community initiatives which Milele has set up links with, as well as working on a brand new newsletter for us with contributions directly from some of the children, parents and teachers out in Kenya, as well as regular updates from Rieder, our new sponsorship co-ordinator. Billy plans to spend some time with the Mbazi group— a community association which runs a nursery school for small children and a feeding programme at the weekend— as well as visiting Bethel Children’s Centre— a kindergarten taking care of children from needy families, orphans and those diagnosed HIV positive. Billy also hopes to work with the HIV community officers in this area to put together an educational, myth-busting awareness talk about HIV/AIDs to present to schools, youth and community groups. Everyone is extremely excited to meet Billy, children and adults alike are excitedly awaiting his arrival and we are sure he will receive a fantastic welcome from everyone and have a fantastic experience. All of his plans sound extremely exciting and we are looking forward to keeping abreast of all his progress as the months go by. Rest assured that we will keep you updated on this blog as he enjoys his time in Kenya. We are sure he will contribute brilliantly to the groups he is working with and will doubtless be an extremely valuable asset working with us in Kenya.
Hello all Our most recent visit to the Mbazi group last week showed once again just how determined and motivated this group are. The small building which was the only classroom over easter has now been expanded to a much larger building with a high roof accomodating more children with lots of space. Their plans extend to a second classroom which is currently being constructed next to the first of equal size. The new facilities they have built also include a brand new toilet on site which is being well used by the children at the school and the feeding programme on a saturday.
Whilst we were there the first aid kit got lots of use, just as it always does at this project. Being next door to a quarry there are many stones and rocks in the area, meaning it is much too easy for children to trip, fall and cut themselves. This is a common problem in the area we work, and since many of the children cannot afford shoes small cuts can easily become very dangerous, especially at this time of year in the rainy season. The large pools of dirty water infect cuts and scrapes and with medical care out of reach for many of the families this can cause extremely serious problems for the children.
For this reason we had prioritised the shoes many of you had donated were crucial to take to this group as soon as possible. wellies especially came in very handy and lots of happy smiling kids were thrilled to receive shoes and clothes. Everyone who donated something which was handed out this time will receive photographs of their items specifically as well as a group photo in the post as soon as possible, so thankyou very much to all of you!
Enjoy the photos!