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Diocese of St Albans

A partly rural deanery, with a tradition of joint worship and an active synod.

Diocese of St Albans

Newsletter, Utange Orphans Kenya

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Christmas appeal, we raised £5,000 which is a fantastic start to the year in providing for the children.

It means we can increase the food portion sizes back to where they were for the children. You may remember we had to cut back due to a hefty government tax increase on food.

FEED500 is running smoothly every week and is continuing to be a lifeline for many. I remember when we began a couple of years back it took 5 hours to feed all the children, now it's running so efficiently and only taking 2 hours to feed all the little one's. This is helped along with the volunteers from Utange Baptist Church who give their time so willingly.

I also remember when we began these 500 orphans just looked like a sea of faces passing through each week but as time has gone on I've come to realize how individual and precious each one is with their own unique personality and sad story to tell. Much loss they have experienced in their young lives.

Attached is a picture of little Esther from our appeal earlier last year....clutching her Christmas teddy bear present. 

The children at Casuarina House were very grateful as were able to have new clothes for Christmas courtesy of visitors who donated the money for them. You can see Bahati, Tina K, Kanze and Lois in the attached picture as pleased as punch posing in their lovely dresses.... Irene and Angelina our 2 eldest girls went with House Mum to buy the material then had the dresses made in the village.... see also the boys in their new outfits but they are looking a little more shy about modelling them!  

I spoke to House Dad via skype at the weekend (isn't technology wonderful!) and he informs me that for the first time ever we've had an illness free month, none of the children have gone down with anything. That's amazing with 24 children! Angelina took great delight in sharing with me that she passed her final exams so we are now waiting to hear from the government selection committee as to which school she can attend. She would prefer to go to an all girls school she tells me. We will see. 

What a shame we don't have the £60,000 needed to build our own High School yet as she will probably have to board further away. The other girls will miss their big sister so much.

All the other children passed their end of year exams and have moved up a class...aren't they a clever bunch! We feel so proud of them all.

Now Christmas is over it's time to start thinking about holidays. We are inviting folks to sign up for on our annual "Best of Both Worlds" trip to visit the children. The trip departs 2nd October for 2 weeks and combines 6 nights in the village, an opportunity to volunteer with our projects followed by a 3 day safari finishing with 6 nights on the beach. Cost around £1,500 dependent on flight prices at time of booking. If you are interested in joining this unique trip of a lifetime....not something you get in the holiday brochures!.... then please contact me and I'll be glad to furnish you with more details.

Thank you for your interest in the children.

Future fund-raising events:

Saturday 26th April 10.00 - 4.00: Stamford Craft Fair, Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary's St, Stamford, Lincoln PE9 2DL. Visit Utange stand for a selection of re cycled denim goods....bags, phone cases, baby bibs and mats and much more!

Monday 5th May, 10.00 - 4.00: Ickwell May Day Celebrations, Ickwell Green, Beds. Visit Utange stand for hand made goods. All money goes to the children!

ADVANCE NOTICE: Saturday 29th Nov. Please put date in your diary for our Christmas Charity Ball at: The Sharnbrook Hotel, Sharnbrook, Beds. Further details in next newsletter.

Many thanks  God bless,    Debbie Scott,         Tuesday, February 04, 2014

February 2014