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May 9, 2019

Construction is Complete - Now for the Furniture!

Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks

At the beginning of August 2018, we started the construction of a modern dining and multipurpose hall. Because of the limited resources, the construction went much more slowly than expected. But when it was completed in late March 2019, it was a great relief for our parents, who had been having to prepare the meals and then carry the big and heavy pots about a hundred yards to our makeshift dining room. Now we have not only built a hygienic dining room directly attached to our kitchen but it also serves as a beautiful, sturdily built multi-purpose hall with a stage. A well-known French artist, Patrick Moya, painted a very beautiful mural that now hangs on the wall behind the stage. Volunteers plan to paint pictures and write sayings on the walls this year when we visit Nakuru once again in November 2019. There will be a huge and joyful opening celebration during our visit.

This dining/multi-purpose hall means so much to so many people - but of course mainly the children. They are now enjoying their meals in a clean and beautiful atmosphere - just as it should always be. The stage gives them the opportunity to show what they've learned in a happy way - and also gives us a chance to have volunteer performers come to entertain them.

Now we just need to have the dining hall furniture built. The furniture that is now being used is from another room - and the tables are far too wide so that the room cannot accommodate many children at once for a meal. We still need your kind donations for tables and benches.

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful support - Asante Sana!

Warm meals in a beautiful hall
Warm meals in a beautiful hall
Big SMILES
Big SMILES
Meals and Smiles!
Meals and Smiles!
May 9, 2019

The Dining Hall has been built!

Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks

Finished at last!!! 

At the beginning of August 2018, we started the construction of a modern dining and multipurpose hall. Because of the limited resources, the construction went much more slowly than expected. But when it was completed in late March 2019, it was a great relief for our parents, who had been having to prepare the meals and then carry the big and heavy pots about a hundred yards to our makeshift dining room. Now we have not only built a hygienic dining room directly attached to our kitchen but it also serves as a beautiful, sturdily built multi-purpose hall with a stage. A well-known French artist, Patrick Moya, painted a very beautiful mural that now hangs on the wall behind the stage. Volunteers plan to paint pictures and write sayings on the walls this year when we visit Nakuru once again in November 2019. There will be a huge and joyful opening celebration during our visit.

This dining/multi-purpose hall means so much to so many people - but of course mainly the children. They are now enjoying their meals in a  clean and beautiful atmosphere - just as it should always be. The stage gives them the opportunity to show what they've learned in a happy way - and also gives us a chance to have volunteer performers come to entertain them.

Now we just need to have the dining hall furniture built. The furniture that is now being used is from another room - and the tables are far too wide so that the room cannot accommodate many children at once for a meal. We still need your kind donations for tables and benches.

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful support - Asante Sana!

Warm meals in a beautiful hall
Warm meals in a beautiful hall
Meals and Smiles!
Meals and Smiles!
Meal and Fruit
Meal and Fruit
The furniture that needs to be financed and built
The furniture that needs to be financed and built

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Apr 29, 2019

3 cows a milking

Milk for ALL
Milk for ALL

All three of our donated cows are proud mothers and happy milk donors for our children! The children at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru are able to enjoy fresh from the cow milk at least 3 days a week now. What a huge relief it is to know that the children are receiving milk with all of its protein and minerals. It's amazing to see how these extremely needy children are growing and thriving now. I'll never forget how I once asked one of the doctors who had come with his team for a check-up what I could do to help the children healthwise and he answered: "Dear lady, I have never before seen such healthy slum children".  He should see them now! 

The cows have not only had calves - we were able to buy one more rather young cow in the hopes of even more milk. So we now have 4 cow and 3 calves.

That is all well and fine - but the cost of their feed is pretty expensive. Our staff doesn't mind the extra work - and it's plenty - but we are struggling to keep the animals well-fed. With all of the constructions going on at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center - the dining hall was just completed and the kindergarten is next on the agenda - we are in dire need of support for our little dairy farm.

Besides the cows, we also have the field that we have leased to grow vegetables for the children. It is not only a relief to be able to grow our own food to some extent - it also gives the children's parents another possibility to be active members of the Live and Learn in Kenya community. This is not only their way of passing it forward, but they are also amazing paragons for their children who watch on as their parents work hard for the common good. The older children sometimes join them and work side by side with them on Saturdays. We are hoping for rain as the draught goes on. April is usually the rainy season, but this past April left Nakuru dry and hot with the exception of light drizzles a few times.

Our next food project will be chickens. We're hoping to be able to build a chicken coop after the 3-classroom Kindergarten has been built.

We are so thankful to the many wonderfully generous donors who continually support our projects at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center - and our organization in general.

Asante Sana - thank you so much.

Every Body needs milk
Every Body needs milk
Asante Sana - Thank You So Much
Asante Sana - Thank You So Much
 
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