Wow, it's almost the end of another year and so much has happened at Kenosis. One of the best happenings has been the completion of the security wall around the Foster village. All the security gates are attached to the 4 access points (3 pedestrian and 1 vehicle) and these are kept closed during the day and securely padlocked at night.
Our children no longer have to be afraid of stray dogs or cattle or intruders who may have some criminal intent. They can play, live and rest in the village in total safety. And that is thanks to each and every one of you who donated to the building of the wall. You have made such an amazing difference to the lives of these children. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We are now just awaiting quotes for the spikes which will top off the wall making it difficult for anyone to climb over. We hope to have these installed by December. So once again, a huge thank you to all of you who have given sacrificially to give our children a safe and happy living environment. May you be blessed for your generosity.
The impact on the economy from the Covid pandemic has meant that many more people are without work and this has driven an increase in the crime rate. Our village is situated within walking distance from an informal settlement where there are many unemployed folk living and so we are also a target for criminals from this area. Hence the need for good security for our children, mums and staff is even more urgent than ever before.
In our last report on the security wall, I mentioned that we were hoping to have the wall completed by the end of March. We have made good progress, but have not quite completed the final details. The good news is that the security gates (pedestrian and vehicle) have all been installed so we are now able to keep the village area so much safer at night and during the day. We are truly grateful to each and every person who has donated to help with the building of the wall. Our children are already feeling so much safer at night and our hearts are at peace.
Our builders are now working on the concrete capping for the top of the wall and when that is done, we will still need to install either spikes or 3 strands of razor wire fencing on the top to prevent anyone from climbing over the wall.
So we still need your help. We are looking for funding to purchase the necessary hardware and wire/spikes to ensure that our wall is "climb-proof". Please help us to keep our children safe by making a donation. If you'd like more news from Kenosis, please go to our website where we you can view past copies of our newsletters and also read our blog articles.
To everyone who has donated towards our project to give 18 children a safer environment to live and grow in, the exciting news is that we have almost completed the construction of the wall. We are super excited to see our project coming to fruition and especially to know that it will not be long before our children will be feeling much safer.
Over the last three months, with the assistance of many local donors who gave in both cash and kind, as well as the GlobalGiving donors, we have almost completed the building of the wall. We should be finished by the end of March and will then be able to start installing the security gates (one for vehicle access and three for pedestrian access).
And this will not be a moment too soon as we are still plagued by crime. The foster village is particularly vulnerable during December when all the mums and many of the village staff are away on holiday with the children. This past December we decided to employ a security guard to patrol the village and he managed to thwart yet another attempted break in, though unfortunately the culprit was not apprehended. We have now added additional alarms to all the houses to increase security. Once the wall is completed and the gates erected we hope to have enough funds to top the wall with either spikes or razor wire/barbed wire as an additional measure to prevent intruders from climbing over the wall.
A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the building of the wall. Your contribution has helped us to give our children the safety and security they need to grow and thrive.
If you would like to contribute to the safety of our 18 foster children, please click here.
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