Diocese of St Albans
A partly rural deanery, with a tradition of joint worship and an active synod.
Christmas was fun this year, our first with the children here in Kenya. We had a celebration at our house just before and the children and staff enjoyed a day on the beach. We played lots of games and had a competition for who could find the best sea shell. Dennis won with his most unusual find. We were up the night before wrapping all the children's presents and left them under our tree. They were so excited to see them when they arrived. All had a new School bag and new outfit made from traditional African material. This is a picture of the boys sporting theirs
We also enjoyed a Christmas party at Casuarina courtesy of a generous donation. We made lanterns, paper chains to hang from the ceiling from coloured paper and Juma, Right and Mary decorated the little tree. Here is a video clip of our Christmas party at Casuarina 27th Dec was results day for all the children's exams. I'm pleased to say they all passed and have moved up a class. Loice, Abdul and Mary who graduated in November are beginning High School next week. Loice and Adbul are going off to Boarding School and Mary begins Day School. Loice excelled with her results and got 2nd highest exam marks in the School!
FEED500 saw low numbers over the Christmas period as some children went away to see friends and relatives. However, for poor folks here, it seems to be tradition to travel to be with friends at Christmas time. Some walk for miles. It meant we were able to give the ones that did come extra portions which they were thrilled about. Some even came back a third time and most took some maize and beans away with them in a plastic carrier bag for later!. We were also able to give out some donated clothes and shoes. Everyone was very happy as you can see from this picture!
Thank you to all those who donated to our Christmas Appeal for funds to build a much needed High School for the children here in Utange. We raised just over £3,000 which has enabled us to erect a perimeter fence around the acre plot. (see pic) We have foundations finished for the first 4 classrooms and are prayerfully expecting our Charity Ball in April will provide funds for the foundations for the admin and toilet block. We still have a long way to go but little by little we will get there!
Tickets are now on sale for the Ball, just £40. It's on 16th April at The Sharnbrook Hotel in Bedfordshire. Reduced room rates for those wishing to stay over. Please consider organising a table of 10 from your work place, School or just 4 other couples. Poster is attached for anyone able to help promote this event. It promises to be a fun evening with 4 course dinner and dancing to a live band as well as raising some funds for building the High School.
Want to help make a difference with your 2 week holiday this year? Then join us this November, first week staying at the Action Centre in the heart of Utange where opportunities exist for painting/repairs at Casuarina House Orphanage, Teaching/assisting at the local Primary School, helping to cook and serve food to 500 hungry orphans in the village. This hard but rewarding week is followed by an exciting 3 day Safari to the African Savannah, a chance to see a variety of wild animals in their natural habitat. Culminating at Severin Sea Lodge 4* beach Hotel perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean: www.severinsealodge.com Time to chill out swimming/snorkelling for 5 days before flying home. Contact me if interested in this trip of a lifetime.
Thank you to everyone, we couldn't do what we do without your generous support.
God bless, Debbie Scott-
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