HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging enthusiastic and well-prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill-sharing, support and friendship.
Aug 26, 2014

August 2014 Update

The workshop before major refurbishment
The workshop before major refurbishment
Exciting news from the North Meru Disability Centre, where the work on improving the old run-down workshop has been completed and the building has seen an external transformation... from this above
 
to this - see photo below
 
 
Work has begun to equip the therapy room, and we are looking forward to seeing the internal changes as well as hearing of the impact in individual lives too. We are delighted to see that the money sent from HATW fundraising is resulting in such changes, which we expect to impact the disabled children from the communities in the surrounding Meru district.
 
At Athi school, after many delays and with the help of partners both at the school and the DCC, the children are now able to make much better use of the dining hall - equipped with tables and chairs.
 
photo - having lunch
 
This not only provides the school with a dining facility, but also a venue for significant school events - like the head boy's speech!
 
photo - school speech
 
It is important that the young people learn skills which will equip them to earn an income in the future. One of the initiatives at Athi school is to teach youngsters to make bead jewellery, and here are examples of their hard work.
 
photo - bead jewellery
 
The DCC and Athi school are working hard to improve life chances for disabled children in this region of northern Kenya. Can you help too?
Please think about a regular giving committment or, even better, giving your time as a HATW volunteer working in partnership with these projects for a short or long stay.
If you would like to know more - please contact us at info@hatw.org.uk .
 
 
The workshop today!
The workshop today!
Athi Children having lunch in the Dining Hall
Athi Children having lunch in the Dining Hall
Athi School Head Boy makes a Speech!
Athi School Head Boy makes a Speech!
Beautiful Bead Jewellery made by the Youngsters
Beautiful Bead Jewellery made by the Youngsters
Aug 7, 2014

August 2014 Update

Benefiting from the Lights
Benefiting from the Lights

We have now booked flights for 5 of us to visit the project in October. We're raising funds, getting our jabs... Exciting! Hopefully we'll bring back loads of photos!

We've strengthened our links with Chief Mnukwa which is very important, and now all have a better understanding of how we can work together.

It's great that the water supply is working well, and the cess pit and soakaway have been completed.

There have been encouraging reports about the on-going building of the 3 new teachers houses; the recent shipment of goods obtained through 'Tools for Self Reliance', currently stored in Lusaka, are due to be delivered any time now.

I'm busily collecting things to take out with us too. Our solar powered DVD player and phone charger unit have been delivered, plus some solar desk lights.

Looking forward to reporting in much more detail when we get back!

Mnukwa Student
Mnukwa Student
Jul 1, 2014

Drilling and Building Report July 2014

The Drilling Rig in front of the new Orphanage
The Drilling Rig in front of the new Orphanage

I spent February in Affame Benin with a group of volunteers mostly working on the orphanage which is being sponsored by HATW.

David Edge (a structural engineer with well drilling experience) and I had already decided to put together a cable drilling rig that could be used to provide a reliable water supply for the orphanage and surrounding houses. We assembled the winch unit and diesel engine before shipping it and a selection of drill tooling, to Benin . The gantry was to be made in Affame using local timber. Unfortunately the ship was delayed which meant that DE and myself had to return at the end of April.

However there was plenty of work to be done at the orphanage. Albert and Dieudonne (who are the local organisers for HATW) are also farmers and enthusiastic about integrating the orphanage and its children with local agriculture. One idea is to use composting toilets which, especially by separation of urine, can provide a valuable fertilizer to increase crop yields. This should be a significant factor on the somewhat “hungry” local soils. The photo shows Guillaume digging out one of the composting toilets.

On our return at the end of April, David and I, with plenty of local help, assembled the drilling rig. Our first borehole was in a patch of ground which can now, with a water supply, be used as a market garden. This will provide vegetables for the orphans and also train them in basic horticulture.

The drill worked well and once we got used to the local soil conditions soon reached 18 metres depth where we found water. There is still some work to be done developing the well but there is a supply of some 12 cubic metres a day available.

The rig was then moved to the orphanage where Albert and Dieudonne had already reached a depth of 6 metres before we left. Latest news from Benin is that a depth of 30 metres has been reached, which is just above water table.

Water at last!
Water at last!
Guillaume digs out the Toilet
Guillaume digs out the Toilet
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