Mar 22, 2021

Back to school after Covid

Eggs for sale
Eggs for sale

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 which are scheduled in May.

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!

The youngest who were left home were not so impressed, to keep them engaged we will continue a home day-care with lots of activities and fun time.

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 its 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 afdvised 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. 

On behalf of the children we would like to thank you for your support!

Stay Safe

DCV Team

 

 

Young ones going back to school
Young ones going back to school
Door new dining in progress
Door new dining in progress
Tiling dining room floor
Tiling dining room floor
Student starting college
Student starting college
Nov 23, 2020

Closing the project

Dear friends / donors,

 

We want to thank you once again for helping use raising almost $12.000,- for our project! We are very grateful.

Thanks to your support we have been able to take care of our children. Especially the care of the vulnerable babies is a major expense: the babies often need special medical care and baby formula and diapers are relatively expensive. With your help we were able to cover these costs.

Now the time has come to close this project and start a new one, focusing on our current goal: rescuing abandoned babies in Kenya. This new project will be launched at the end of November and will participate in the Giving Tuesday campaign on the 1st of December.

If you would like to support us once again, please check our webpage on the GlobalGiving website at the end of November to find our new project.

Thank you for all the support.

With kind regards,

 

The Diani Children’s Village team

Aug 10, 2020

COPING IN A CHANGED WORLD

Vegetable garden
Vegetable garden

Dear Friends,

The World has changed. Our lives, as human beings has changed, forever. What has not changed is our resolve to keep providing the best possible opportunities for the Children while ensuring they are safe in this new environment that is constantly changing and presenting challenges where things seemed normal.

The Managing Committee, out of an abundance of caution, decided to ‘lockdown’ the Home from the third week in March. Nobody was allowed to enter or leave. All the provisions and medicines, stationary, maintenance items, chicken feed, were left at the gate where the staff would pick them up and disinfect them before being allowed to go to where they were needed. 

Four months on, and the results have been surprisingly amazing. The general demeanor of all the children is excellent. They are calm, and focused on all the tasks that they are assigned. They have begun to have home schooling which is a welcome addition to the daily activities. We have retained the services of two teachers, one for the older children and one for kindergarten aged children.

With all schools closed, ALL the children are back home. Nicky, who left the Home to live with his uncle, came to visit and was caught up in the COVID-19 lockdown. He was just about to start at a technical college to study plumbing, but the closure of all educational institutions has halted this plan for the foreseeable future. 

Some of the other young  adults who work in tourism related businesses have all lost their jobs. The Home is currently offering them limited support in the way of foodstuff so as to help alleviate the suffering that they are going through.

The vegetable garden is thriving. We have had a donation of vegetable and herb seedlings and the children have taken a keen interest in cultivating the crops. It will soon be possible that they Home will be 80% self-sufficient for their daily vegetable needs.

With the uncertainty surrounding the current global pandemic, The Managing Committee has decided that some of the measures taken over the past 4 months will become permanent. 

A spirited campaign to educate the Children of the threat that the pandemic presents to the World is a top priority and the hope is that the simple measures of frequent hand washing, social distancing and wearing a face mask will become second nature to them.

Thank you for all your prayers, encouragement and support during these difficult times. 

Kind regards

 

Diani Children’s Village Team

Helping out at the workshop
Helping out at the workshop
Playtime in the garden
Playtime in the garden
Online singing lessons
Online singing lessons
Home schooling
Home schooling
Cleaning the compound
Cleaning the compound
 
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