We have been very busy over the last few days, but we have particularly enjoyed being able to spend some time at Shanzu village with Pendo and her family. Pendo is one of our sponsored girls, she and her younger sister Faith are both currently studying at Mtwapa Academy. This sponsorship arrangement works well for the family, since Faith inherits Pendo’s textbooks and uniform as she grows into it and they share the bus fare to school and back each day. The sisters are very close indeed and recently they have also welcomed into the family a new baby boy. His name is Omari and he is absolutely gorgeous – I’m sure you will agree. Pendo is absolutely fantastic with babies and young children and she is having a wonderful time looking after him just as she does Faith.
The last 6 months or so have been a bit of a struggle for Pendo and her family, her mum has been unable to provide food at home most evenings and weekends, meaning Pendo and Faith have been going hungry often. We were able to help them with some kind donations of food parcels from their sponsors in the short term and in the long term we have been working on building a business for her mum to manage from home. She settled on a chicken business raising and selling chickens and eggs. We have now managed to fully arrange everything and the family are now the proud owners of a cockerel, two hens and twelve young chickens! They have moved into their new chicken house and Pendo, Faith and their mum are really excited and looking forward to being able to raise them and make money from the business.
All in all I think it has been a huge success and I would like to say a special thank-you to their sponsors Lesley and Sue (with all the Gartree Against Poverty group) for their donation which has made the launch of this project possible. It is going to make a big difference to the family and will help Pendo’s mum to have a sense of independence and pride in her ability to provide for her family. Thank-you.