Child Rescue Kenya was feeling very loved over the Christmas period. We were lucky to receive wonderful gifts from supporters such as yourselves. In early December we had a great Giving Tuesday. Every donation made to CRK on GlobalGiving, while funds lasted, was matched by Microsoft YouthSpark. Thank you for making the day so successful and helping us to continue our work with the children in Kitale.
Christmas was very special for the children at our Liyavo and Birunda projects. This year supporters gave money and gifts and the children enjoyed a Christmas Eve Beef dinner, a Christmas day lunch of roast chicken, chapatis (which are an extra special treat for the children here in Kitale), juice and cookies. The children each had a present of two outfits from East Didsbury Methodist Church in the UK and a personalised t-shirt from the Flake family, so they are all looking extremely smart. They also had Christmas presents, sweet treats and stockings from them and other supporters.The children were very excited and received far more than they expected. It was definitely a Christmas to remember!
The children at Liyavo are all now back in school for the new academic year, sporting new shoes that many of them had for Christmas and new uniforms as they have all grown taller over the last few months.
We also have a new member at the project. Esther* was found sleeping on a veranda and was very sick. We think that she was so frail and weak that her family had left her somewhere she could be found because they could not afford medical care. Esther is seven years old and luckily a passer-by noticed her, picked her up and took her to the local administration office that deals with children. The local administration arranged an immediate placement to our Rescue Centre in Birunda. Esther was so sick, that the CRK social worker took her straight to hospital. Esther was hospitalized as she was suffering from Diabetes, Typhoid and Malarial Fever. Her little toes were also infested with jiggers. After three days in hospital Esther is now recuperating. Her sugar levels are now under control and she is continuing with medication.
Esther will be part of the family in Liyavo while CRK search for her family. We hope that we will be able to support Esther's immediate or extended family to look after her properly. If that is not a possibility we will search for a local foster family who can care for her. Sadly her story is not unusual and we receive a number of similar cases every year. So we are always grateful of your support.
Did you know that you can arrange your own fundraisers for Child Rescue Kenya through GlobalGiving? Su Corcoran, a supporter in the UK, has challenged herself to walk 50Km in September for CRK. Her fundraising page is here if you would like to find out more: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/fundraisers/sus-12-month-challenge/. She is halfway to her fundraising target and looking for sponsors to help her reach her goal of £2,000. If you would like to set up your own fundraising page contact us and we will send you instructions.
Thank so much for your continued support. Without it we would not be able to complete our work here in Kitale. The pictures I am including in this report show the happy children at Liyavo and Birunda on Christmas Eve.
Best Wishes and Happy New Year,