Many thanks to all of you who helped us raise £870 in our recent Eye Appeal to support Mary Kelly's work in Benin. This was a wonderful effort!
Mary is currently evaluating the possibilities and assessing how best to spend the funds to achieve maximum benefit.
With our other 4 volunteers just returned from their work on the construction of the new residential unit for needy children in Affame, and a couple of boreholes nearby, we hope to have more information and pictures to share with you in the next week or two. These pictures are a taster for what will follow shortly! Watch this space...
The North Meru DCC is about to begin a 2 year project, with money raised by HATW, to develop and equip the existing basic Orthopaedic Workshop. The improvements will enhance capacity and improve services to disabled children in the surrounding community – including Athi school - to support on going therapy for children.
The improved workshop facility will have the capacity to manufacture wheelchairs and mobility aids for use in the local community. Growing children need their aids to be suited to their size, and without a local workshop, children continue to use unsuitable aids which can result in secondary problems. Additionally, provision of core therapy room equipment will enable staff to treat and train children with their new mobility aids.
This new initiative will develop the technical skills of existing staff and provide a better range of mobility aids as they work with children in the local community. It is hoped that the improved workshop may also provide a service to the local hospitals, and thus generate additional income to support the DCC as it continues to work with disabled children and their families in practical ways.
Can you help support the work with DCC or at Athi school in practical ways?
You can give your money or your time to support this work - we are looking for specialist volunteers to work with our local partners. If you have physiotherapy or technical workshop skills, or if you would like the opportunity to work alongside the DCC to support them practically as they extend their facilities, please contact us at email@example.com .
I am extremely sorry for not being able to communicate for some times. We all are keeping well and our work is in progress. But the summer heat this year has affected our routine life bit unkindly.
The temperature over here now is fluctuating from 35C to 43C with moderate humidity. It might be still worse during another 45 days before the monsoon appears if we do not have any rain in between.
Our summer holiday will commence from 9th May till 1st June. But if temperature remains still high then holiday might be extended for another few days.
Electric power supply and internet access has become more unpredictable than ever before. Surface water almost drying up and the underground water level is also going down.
However, it is not at all a matter of discouragement for us, we just look forward to give a better tomorrow in the life of many brilliant children of this area.
If I would have little opportunity and authority, I could request the big international charities to focus on the facts and be more supportive directly to micro-projects serving in the vast rural areas.
I am always proud to be associated with the HATW family and fulfil it's objectives through our New Life Centre.
Our building project is in progress but going little slow because builders often taking rest due to summer heat. I am trying to send few photographs of the progress but it takes hours to attach even a single photo from here.
Regarding building work, this building will have 9 class rooms of 24ft X 16ft each in 3 floors which will meet up the need for up to senior secondary level (4-18 years). If we have more than one sections for some classes then we may have 2 shifts school hours, one for the primary session (4-10 years) and the next for high school session (11-18 years). So far this is the future plan but we never can be sure about God's plan!
I can only assure, New Life Centre will witness as a model project of HATW in long run.
We need to set up drinking water system on priority basis and I am going to work out during this summer holiday out of some money we have.
By the grace of our loving God we all are keeping well and things are going on well but may be little slow in building work due to labour problem and unfavourable weather condition.
Let us pray and thank God for all that we are able to do with hand in hand for His glory.
Please pray for us.