Keen to learn. Ex-street children with a foot on the academic ladder.

These boys were street children. Not anymore.  They’ve worked hard at the Naivasha Children’s Shelter to pass their KPCE exams and are now going to high school. Street children don’t go to school. Unfortunately like many in Africa the Kenyan government does not pay for school fees above a certain age. One of the best ways of making sure that a child or young person does not end up on the street is to make sure that he or she is able to go to school.  This is why we are so pleased to be able to pay for a years school fees for these 6 boys (only five in the picture).
For that thanks to all Romilly’s kind, generous donors.  Good work.  Five african boys in coloured background blue doorsThank you Julius for taking the picture and Kristen for sending it.  We hope that we will have more news about these boys and how they get on at high school.

We are also grateful to Romilly’s supporters for enabling her charity to pay a years salary for a social worker at the shelter.

Miki’s Marathon                                                                                                                                  Thank you very much indeed too to all those who have donated by sponsoring Miki Jablowski’s heroic London Marathon.  So far 45 people have sponsored her. At the time of writing there are 32 more days to go. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Mikirunning

The Friends of the Street Children in Kitwe.                                                                        Christopher Mulenga, the executive chairman and our interlocuter, has had malaria and has been out of contact. Having recovered from his malaria his internet went down but I am hoping to have news from him soon.

Digging the Fish Pond

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Boys at the Naivasha Children’s Shelter digging the new fish pond at the shelter.  The fish pond will help to feed the boys and produce a surplus for sale.  Thanks to Joseph Kinyanjui for this photograph and thanks to Romilly’s supporters for the money to equip the pond.

Romilly helps street children to help themselves

Following the success of the first fish pond at the Naivasha Children’s Shelter (see February 19th’s post) Romilly is sending 4625 euros  to pay for a second fish pond and two green houses.

The charity is also paying for the repair of the borehole and the replacement of the pump at the Kawama shelter in Kitwe. Once the borehole is working order, Romilly, will contribute £5000 to the £12000 cost of a consultancy study by the group ‘Teach a Man to Fish’.

The Kitwe project needs to be more sustainable in order to be able to continue its excellent work, that is to say that it needs to grow more food, provide more of it’s own income, and raise more money locally. The aim of the study by ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ is to identify ways of doing this and to help FSC of Kitwe write a business plan.  £12000 does not sound a great deal for this kind of a study, but ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ is a charitable group.

The Death of Debbie Case of the Naivasha Children’s Shelter

I learnt today that Debbie Case, the driving force, behind the Naivasha Children’s Shelter died peacefully in hospital during the night of 30th December.

Debbie had been diagnosed with cancer in June.

Having lost her own daughter in terrible circumstances she put an enormous amount of love and energy into the Naivasha Children’s Shelter, which was opened in 2003. It is safe to say that without all the work that she put into the shelter it would not have been the success that it has become and it would not have been as well established. She leaves it behind in great shape with wonderful staff and a lot of happy children. To the children it has cared for over the years the shelter she set up has been a life changer, in many cases a life saver. Well done Debbie. We will miss you.