September is here and I can't quite believe 8 months have passed since January 1st - the year is going so quickly. This term we are sending children back to school for the last stretch before their end of year exams, and for those coming to the end of their primary or secondary schooling - national examinations. It will be a turbulent term as the schools will need to close for a couple of weeks if a second election goes ahead (the results of the most recent one were annulled last week). That will mean a delay for the exams. It was lovely however to see the children going off to school, ready, if a little nervous, for the term ahead.
We have also seen two of the young men we have supported through education off to university this month. Abel is now in his second year at Egerton University studying a BSc in Agricultural Ecomonics. Jacob was recently accepted to Meru University to do Computer Security and Forensics. The boys are lucky as they both recieved good enough grades in their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education to be able to apply for governmental loans to pay fees, but there are registration fees, accommodation and related costs that must be paid for and the boys need to have access to laptops if they are to meet all the requirements of their courses. We have set up a specific appeal for help to support them through GlobalGiving.
Our work at Birunda Rescue Centre is ongoing. We have recieved a few visitors from overseas over the last two months as mission groups who visit other projects in Kitale have come to see what we do and how we support our children through the reintegration process. One of the aspects of our work that always impresses them is the bio-intensive agriculture training we give to parents who have small plots of land adjoing their houses but have not been able to sustainably meet the needs of their familes. We train them to make the most of their land and provide a starter pack of seeds and other resources to help them diversify their crops and develop thier yields - making them better able to provide food, and income by selling some of what they grow. In this way, the children returning home from Birunda are more likely to stay in school.
Thank you again for all of support of CRK and our work. We are able to do what we do through the support of people like you.
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