Sep 3, 2021

Survial during the new normal

Boys making a chicken fence
Boys making a chicken fence

Dear Friends,

The global health pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus has shown the World how interconnected and interdependent we all are with new variants appearing and spreading with the speed and ease of the East wind. The ‘new normal’ seems to be here to stay.

The Home has soldiered on and the little projects have been completed. The new kitchen is complete and food is now being prepared in a much safer space both for the staff and the children, particularly the really small ones who often try and see what is on for the next meal oblivious of the dangers in the kitchen! The outside space is more congenial and an ideal place for all the youngsters to gather in their free time.

The adoption program has resumed. Over the last six months, we have been able to find families for two of the small boys, aged three and five. Every adoption is preceded by a vigorous counselling session with professional to ensure that the adoption is successful. There are pre-adoption and post adoption sessions because the life changing experiences for both the family and the children are great and do need to be managed. We are happy to report success in all the adoptions that we have done so far. This month, one of the three year old girls will be beginning her adoption journey, with her adoptive parents coming for their first home visit.

The two children who were candidates for the final exams of their primary education received their results, and scored remarkable well despite the fact that schools were closed for the better part of 2020. They have both been called to very good schools and early this month they began the next phase of their lives living away from the Home for the first time. They seem to be settling down well, though the home sickness still creeps in every now and then.

Because of the havoc caused by the shutdown of schools, there are effectively two sets of school groups; one on holiday while the other is in school. This is because the Government is trying to reduce the number of children in schools in keeping with Internationally recognized COVID-19 protocol of social distancing. One set of boys is back from school and they have been taught about Community Social Responsibility. They are helping to renovate the extension of the chicken project where the new layers are being housed. 

On behalf of the Children, the Staff and the Committee, we would like to thank you for your continued support. Without it, we would not be able to provide the Children with the shelter and education that they so deserve. Thank you.

Diani Children’s Village Committee

 

 

Children at play
Children at play
New kitchen
New kitchen
Aug 9, 2021

Survival during the new normal

Boys working on chicken fence
Boys working on chicken fence

Dear Friends,

The global health pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus has shown the World how interconnected and interdependent we all are with new variants appearing and spreading with the speed and ease of the East wind. The ‘new normal’ seems to be here to stay.

The Home has soldiered on and the little projects have been completed. The new kitchen is complete and food is now being prepared in a much safer space both for the staff and the children, particularly the really small ones who often try and see what is on for the next meal oblivious of the dangers in the kitchen! The outside space is more congenial and an ideal place for all the youngsters to gather in their free time.

The adoption program has resumed. Over the last six months, we have been able to find families for two of the small boys, aged three and five. Every adoption is preceded by a vigorous counselling session with professional to ensure that the adoption is successful. There are pre-adoption and post adoption sessions because the life changing experiences for both the family and the children are great and do need to be managed. We are happy to report success in all the adoptions that we have done so far. This month, one of the three year old girls will be beginning her adoption journey, with her adoptive parents coming for their first home visit.

The two children who were candidates for the final exams of their primary education received their results, and scored remarkable well despite the fact that schools were closed for the better part of 2020. They have both been called to very good schools and early this month they began the next phase of their lives living away from the Home for the first time. They seem to be settling down well, though the home sickness still creeps in every now and then.

Because of the havoc caused by the shutdown of schools, there are effectively two sets of school groups; one on holiday while the other is in school. This is because the Government is trying to reduce the number of children in schools in keeping with Internationally recognized COVID-19 protocol of social distancing. One set of boys is back from school and they have been taught about Community Social Responsibility. They are helping to renovate the extension of the chicken project where the new layers are being housed. 

On behalf of the Children, the Staff and the Committee, we would like to thank you for your continued support. Without it, we would not be able to provide the Children with the shelter and education that they so deserve. Thank you.

 

Diani Children’s Village Committee

 

 

New outside kitchen
New outside kitchen
Freddy at Don Bosco Technical Secondary School
Freddy at Don Bosco Technical Secondary School
Joy at Lugulu High School
Joy at Lugulu High School
Mar 31, 2021

Newsletter March

Dear Friends,

One year on since the start of the global health pandemic caused by COVID-19 and life seems to be returning to some semblance of normality for some, but for many, life has changed for good.

Back to school - In November, primary class 8 students went back to school to catch up on lost time and prepare for their exams. In the beginning of January, schools opened for all ages, the children were so excited after such a long time of home-schooling to be reunited with their class mates and return to a more “normal” life. Universities opened and our students all in their final year resumed their studies with great excitement and eager to finalize their courses.
One of our youngsters started a course of plumbing and pipe-fitting at the Nairobi Water Institute, a career which is much needed and in demand!

Babies & Adoption - those children who do not have living relatives or guardians can be registered for adoption in Kenya. We have been able to find families for a number of children in 2018/19 but due to COVID-19, the entire operation came to a halt. Slowly, the procedures are starting again and our social worker is making a lot of progress behind the scene, to make sure some of the young children get a chance to grow up in a family.
We continue to be in touch with children who were adopted previously and it is very encouraging to see how they settled and fit into their new families.
In the beginning of November 2020 we received a premature baby girl, she was abandoned after a 7 months pregnancy and found in a box on the road side. It is a miracle she even survived as she weighed barely 1kg. The baby spent a few weeks in an incubator before being brought to the Home. We hope to find out more about any possible living relatives in due course.

Outside kitchen and dining – it has taken a long time but we finally are progressing with improving the outside dining area. Previously this was an open space with cement floor. After the annual inspection by the Authorities, we were advised to put ceramic tiles for hygiene purposes. The Committee discussed this at length and eventually decided not only to work on the dining area but also tackle the kitchen, a problem we have had since 2000!
The small inside kitchen was not safe and far too small to safely cook for all the children and staff. We made part of the structure into an enclosed kitchen so that all the cooking will now be done outside the main house! Much safer and easier to serve meals.

Chicken & Eggs Project – we are delighted to announce that the layers project has taken off well! In our previous letter we talked about the children making an outside enclosure during lockdown - this has been a great success!
We thank everyone who regularly buys our eggs.
As the demand for the eggs is quite high we are planning to expand the layers project later this year. To make this possible we will now have to renovate the old chicken house to accommodate the 1 day old chicks until they are old enough to go out into the open yard. This will then be followed by purchase and delivery of the new flock.


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