Feb 11, 2019

Last Building Phase of the Dining Room Has Begun

Dining / Multipurpose Hall Construction - Front
Dining / Multipurpose Hall Construction - Front

It is our longest going construction project so far.

Construction of the dining / multi-purpose hall began in March 2018 - and if we are very lucky, it will be completed in March 2019. Months of construction pause went by because of lack of finances. But as soon as money flowed in - the construction company put on their caps and hard hats and got right back to work again. The last phase were the walls and to put in the window frames and bars. Looks admittedly a bit jail-like - but considering the soccer field close by - those bars are very, very necessary!

Now the flooring, the ceiling and the walls and the doors need to be finished and the walkway around the front and side needs to be laid - to keep the dust and mud out of the building. It's a lot of hard work - but the building is sturdy and will last a long, long time.

But we don't have a lot of time to get the rest of the construction financed and the furniture built if we want the children to be eating in this lovely and hygienic hall in March!

We would be so thankful for every donation possible - large or small - they all make a difference!

Asante sana - thank you so much!

Dining / Multi-purpose Hall Construction
Dining / Multi-purpose Hall Construction
Dining / Multi-purpose Hall Construction - Side
Dining / Multi-purpose Hall Construction - Side
Dining Hall Furniture - Design Sebastian Herkner
Dining Hall Furniture - Design Sebastian Herkner

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Feb 5, 2019

6. Februrary - Int'l Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Reason to Smile!
Reason to Smile!

Wednesday, 6, February 2019 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2019!

"On this Day of Zero Tolerance, I call for increased, concerted and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls." — UN Secretary-General Antònio Guterres

The abhorable tradition of Femal Genital Mutilation (FGM) is so deep-rooted in so many cultures that it is so difficult for people to understand why it is not only illegal in many countries - including Kenya - but the pain and agony of this physical and mental abuse leaves the (little) girls and women powerless. It is a very sensitive subject that many people and organizations would rather just ignore.

We have decided to take our first steps towards zero tolerance for FGM and will hold a parent and guardian meeting at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya with a guest speaker Dr. GK Mbuguah on Wednesday, 6. February 2019.

We realize that an informative meeting with Dr. GK Mbuguahwill not end FGM - but it will open some eyes - and if only one girl is saved from this agony, it will be worth it! With over 200 girls on our program who are possible future victims - it is time to cry out for them before it is too late!

During a visit to Kenya some years ago I was invited to a primary school where the principal spoke about the different causes of HIV/AIDS and mentioned that FGM was a major cause of the breakout - "but what else could be done so that the girls don't run around like dogs in heat?". I could not believe my ears. Here was an educated woman who truly believed in the necessity of FGM.

We are all about education - but education is not only about reading, writing and arithmatic - it's also about LIFE and what the respect and caring of our fellow human beings means. And one major form of respect and caring is not inflicting pain on one another - and realizing that FGM is only a sexist form of keeping women powerless in a society that desperately seeks and realizes the necessity of empowerment of girls and women.

We are proud to be in the position to open some eyes to the indignity of this practice. We can only hope that many will follow.

Feb 5, 2019

Three Calves Born

Lizzy and her son
Lizzy and her son

December 25th was a happy day - the first of 3 calves were born at the Live and Lear in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru to celebrate Christmas. Within the next 2 weeks the other two calves were born. Two girls and a boy :) Everyone was elated and recently the milk began to flow for the children as well as for the calves. It's a great learning experience for the children to see how the calves grow up - and see how the milk is shared with them. We now have 4 cows and 3 calves and the cowshed is full!

Now, if only we could buy that land close by to grow crops for and with the children! The parents are willing to do most of the work of planting, weeding and harvesting..

Asante sana - thank you to the wonderful donors who have helped to get us started with this project. We still have a long way to go...

Noel and Mama
Noel and Mama
Razshi and her baby
Razshi and her baby
A Warm Meal with Milk
A Warm Meal with Milk
 
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