Visit to Kenya – March and April 2019

In March and April we visited Kenya again and visited the usual projects that are financially supported by us.

Our first visit to the Munengi Pri. School in Naivasha, Kenya. About 200 children attend this school, subdivided into eight classrooms, as far as you can still speak of classrooms.

This school was built around 35 years ago and it appears that nothing has changed after that time. The floor was sand, all windows and frames were gone and the roof was leaking. In short, a sad lot.

In 2018 our foundation received a request for help. The question in itself was of course not that difficult, but getting the necessary finances was. To a large extent we succeeded so that we could leave with confidence. We had already announced in advance that we would arrange everything ourselves on the spot.

The first meeting was excellent in terms of coordination and agreements. That immediately gave me a good feeling. All material was purchased on site, checked and processed. Honestly, we have rarely experienced that work was done so hard by the local people led by Cecilia Wairimu Mburu. She was the driving force behind the project.

The result was that all the material was actually used and that nothing could be “borrowed”.

So the final result can be there. All rooms have been given concrete floors and of course new window frames with glass. We could not repair the roof. That had two reasons. The first was that the available money was used up. The second reason was that class representatives wanted to place the priority in making the rooms draft-free and dust-free in, for example, the winter.

We hope to find the finances next year to fix the roof, place doors and buy furniture.

It is very sad to have been told that our “supercharger”, Mrs. Wairimu Mburu recently died unexpectedly at the age of 41. We will certainly miss her in the continuation of this project.

For the 30 children of the Divine Mercy Childrens Home and School children’s home, we were able to buy food thanks to the finances made available through the sale of books / cards. With, among other things, cabbage, corn flour, oil, rice and sugar, one can go forward again.

The educational main project of our foundation that runs over several years has again received the necessary attention. Two students complete their school this year and / or continue their studies. A young man has become a car mechanic and is doing very well. He also hopes to have completed everything this year.

For another children’s home, the foundation had received money to buy two cows so that the children could get milk (products) there. Unfortunately, this could not continue because cows had been stolen in that area and people did not dare to buy cows. Instead, we have built part of a fence behind which cows to be purchased in the future can be kept and there is less fear that these will also be stolen.

All in all, we can look back on a particularly successful journey. We were able to do everything we had planned, thanks in part to the financial support of our sponsors. Our sincere thanks for this.

Sincerely
Janet Eikelenboom, chairman.

Newsletter visit to Kenya February – March 2018

After a good trip to Kenya, I visited my family as well as I visited various projects to see how it goes and made some donations.

I have visited the Barainya Primary School in South Kinangop, among other places.

I have seen this school well and talked to the managers there. It turned out that the hygiene in this school was very bad. This is partly caused by the poor conditions in which the children are taught. At first, we were planning to rebuild this school. According to the stories, however, it was better to start by replacing a toilet building, the walls of which were completely rotten, for example. The community had already started replacing the toilets for the boys, 7 toilets in total. Rigii Children Foundation donated 8 new toilets for the girls and they have already been placed. The children no longer have to fear that they fall into the hole of the toilet or that the walls fall on them when they go to the toilet.

Furthermore, we also donated several storage folders to this primary school. We had sent the storage folders to Kenya in our last container shipment. The children were very happy because they can now store their papers neatly.

We still want to rebuild this school, we hope to be able to start next year if we have collected enough money.

Another project that the Rigii Children Foundation has started is for a children’s home. For this home, we have bought various young animals such as chickens, rabbits, ducks, pigeons, goats etc. The children will ensure that these animals can grow up so that they can provide eggs and meat, among other things. If possible, we want to continue supporting this project with the delivery of young animals. We also provided the home with two new printers.

I also visited a number of children which we support at the various schools in the neighborhood. I always do this as much as possible before the schools close again for the summer, so this time again. They are doing well, they do their best at school and get good grades. There is even a boy graduated, he will continue his studies to become a car mechanic.

We also have three very poor children who live with their grandmother in our support projects. They do not even have food, which is why we thought it was important to include them in our project. The children all three go to the Barainya Primary school. School fees have now been paid. All I can do is ask for your support, for the future, so that we can support even more children and schools!

Newsletter visit to Kenya 2016

This year we have also send a container to Kenya with lots of stuff in it. The container left at the beginning of 2016 to Kenya.

When the container arrived I was also present again to make sure everything runs smoothly.

This year, I had to stay longer than planned because the container had been delayed en route.

During my presence in Kenya, I was able to do 3 donations again on behalf of the foundation:

  1. Computers, supplied to a “new” school.
  2. Clothing and stuffed animals, donated to a children’s home for children with HIV.
  3. Roof repair of a school where the roof leaked a lot.

1. Computers, supplied to a “new” school

This year we donated computers to a “new” school. The school where we formerly brought the computers where already provided, so we have chosen a new school to donate the computers to.

This is again done with a lot of pleasure and was received with great enthusiasm.

2. Clothing and stuffed animals, donated to a children’s home for children with HIV

This donation was to an orphanage for children with HIV. All the children in this home have medication. Here I brought a lot of clothes and gave a lot of hugs. The kids where very happy with it! We spent all Easter time there to talk to the children and to see them play woth the brought stuffed animals.

What especially touched me was a little girl of 1 year old, her mother is deceased during labor and her father (who also has HIV) left the girl at the hospital. She is the youngest of the orphanage. The children live in the orphanage on average until their 20th birthday.

Furthermore this orphanage is seeking for cows and goats for the milk, as well as used computers. The children need the milk to survive and gain strength, but the milk is also partly sold, so that medication can be bought for the children. They need about 3 cows to be provided with milk, and to also have some milk to sell.

We will definitely be back for the donation of computers next year, but we also hope again on gifts so that we may also be able to buy a cow for this great project.

3. Roof repair of a school where the roof leaked a lot

When we, by chance, came back to my old school, we discovered the roof was leaking a lot. This is the Muguga Primary School in Kiambaa Village, in the city where I was born and spend a lot of years as a kid.  This roof we renewed during our presence. This way the school as wel as the local communitaty was greatly aided.

On this school there was a special boy that caught my attention and who we would like to support. This boy goes to school and besides that he works a lot because his mother is sick for already two years. Even the headmaster had never met his mother and has never been to his house. So we were happy to go with him to his house to have a look at the situation and to hear more. His biggest wish was that his mother would be better. His mother was very sick and she was sleeping. We woke her up and made sure she could go to the hospital at our costs to be examined and to get medication.

An examination revealed that she has severe arthritis and many inflammation in her belly. But because they are so poor they could afford this examination nor medication. The foundation took care of both.

Until now they have both survived because the boy went to school in the morning and in the afternoon he did chores for the neighbours with which every time he earned 50 cents. This kept them alive! This was so sad to hear and see. We have therefore decided to financially support this boy so that he can go to school and can also buy food and medication for his mother. We will continu this support until school is finished. We have already learned that he is very happy with our support, and it’s going pretty well with his mother now she is getting medication. This allows the boy to fully focus on school and she can return to work a little bit for some income.

The container also contained two tractors of which one we haven’t donated. We want to sell this tractor in order to get some money to start new projects. The other tractor was donated to the widows who we support, so that they can more easily do their work on the land.

This time it was a heavy program. Long hours, many days, many people met and busy schedules. But it was very useful and above all fun to do.

We haven’t been able to give away all the stuff, but they have been stored so with a next shipping from the Netherlands we can donate all at once.

Nunspeetse summer markets

The Nunspeetse summer markets start again !!

You will find Janet there with a new collection of Kenyan products to support orphans in Kenya .

Come and support the Rigii Children Foundation .

The summer market dates are 14 , 21, 28 July and 4, 11, 18 August.

Newsletter May 2015

This year Janet went to Kenya again from February till mid April to visit the projects of the Rigii Children Foundation, but this year she did it differently than other years.

For the first time she has spoken to various parties involved, including even the children. She has visited the grandmothers and talked to them about how things are going with the kids. She also went to the school to talk to the teachers, to hear how things are going at school and if they went ahead with the children. She also talked to the children to hear from them how they experience everything and what their wishes for the future are regarding the support of the Rigii Children Foundation.

Janet never did these visits this way and was very happy to talk to the grandmothersand to hear how their grandchildren are doing. She saw and heard that the children luckily still have big dreams. But more important it was to experience that the children are very happy with the support of the foundation, because without us they can’t go to school. There are still a lot of children that need our help to go to school, unfortunately we can’t help all of them with financial support. For us it also applies that we can’t bring in enough funds for that.

During her visit to Kenya Janet also found out about a very sad story. One of the girls (16 years old) who has been supported by the foundation, decided to quit school, because of her upcoming marriage, which she commited to (at a to young age). The foundation started supporting this girl when she was in grade 5 of primary school, now she was in grade 2 of high school.

This is very unfortunate, we have tried to persuade her to continue school, but unfortunately this didn’t help. So you see, with our foundation we also encounter things we worked really hard for, but sadly somehow do not end well.

One of the people we support received a mobility scooter from us a couple of years ago. Last year we unfortunately received the news his mobility scooter was beyond repair. With the help of Molenaar Nunspeet we could give him another mobility scooter. U can image how happy he was with it, for him this means more freedom and being able to continue his kiosk. When handing him the mobility scooter it appeared that he is now married and has a baby, so that contributed to the fun!

Newsletter june 2014

From February 21 to April 5, 2014 Janet went to Kenya again. This time she didn’t donate clothes, but she did donate money for making 60 school desks. And she did the necessary paperwork for the foundation. 

Before the school desks were made, the children shared one school desk on average with 3 children. Now this is changed and there are only 2 children sitting at one school desk. This will certainly better their learning.

The school desks where made while Janet was in Kenya. She did this on purpose to also give the economy in Kenya a boost. The school desks are perfect! The parents AND the children where very happy with it. The 60 desks where divided over group 6, 7 and 8 of the Kiriko Primary School in Central Kenya, 80 km from Nairobi in the direction of Lake Naivasha. As you can see in the photoalbum Kenia 2014, the desks have been presented to the school in a festive way.

We have been able to make the school desks thanks to a donation of the Protestant Community in Nunspeet. The proceeds of the Queen’s Market in 2013 where part of this donation. Therefore, we have specifically stated that on the desks that they have been donated by the Protestant churches in Nunspeet. The other half of the donation will be used to pay the school fees of the (15) children we support.

Janet also made the necessary home visits to see how the children that are helped by the foundation are doing. This way she can see if how they are doing, if they are beeing raised well and if they are going to school. The visits have been mainly to the grandmothers of the children. Also the schools the children go to where visited  so that they could also tell how the children are doing and if they are going to school or not.

One of the children went to the 1th grade of high school this year. This boy has some problems at the moment. His grandmother is dementing and does not recognize the boy anymore. Janet discussed this also at his school because the boy already has a hard time. The school will also pay extra attention to this little tough guy. He is staying at a boarding school now so will not be home with grandmother for the time being. During the holidays he will go back to his grandmother, but will also be taking care of by his uncle who also lives there.

The other children are also doing really well in the second grade of secondary school. Janet also went to there homes and talked to their schoolmaster. Everybody is really statisfied with their progress.

Furthermore there are 2 children who have done something special. One has taken the next step in his school career. He went to the Kenya Utalii College to follow a study to become a cook. Another child who is supported by the foundation is also doing really well. She is studying economics and will finish university next year.

In short, the foundation is working on sustainability, the children are supported long-term, also when they are almost becoming adults.

See the photos and video for more information.

Your donations are ofcourse always more than welcome, so that we can help even more children.

Newsletter June 2013

In March this year, Janet again traveled to Kenya. There was a lot to be organized. The schools were closed for two weeks due to the elections. Fortunately, the elections went smoothly. After that ordinary life came back on track.

The work of our volunteer Mary in Kenya has become much heavier now there are also children going to secondary school. That is not in their hometown. Mary visits them there at the boarding school and arranges the payments. She receives a small voluntary fee for her work.

Despite the higher costs, the foundation chooses to let a child go to a boarding school after elementary school partly because at home it is much more difficult to do your homework. Also, the world of the child increases. A boarding school is a lot different than at home with Grandma. A quarter internally at school and then 4 weeks home.

John and Anita van Leeuwen, loyal contributors from the Netherlands came to Kenya in March as tourists but also saw a lot of the work of the foundation. They have seen the differences between a school with good facilities and a poor school in the countryside. Together with Janet and the volunteers they helped with handing out stuff at the school where the foundation helps in the countryside. The children were very happy with the balls, the signs and toothpaste and of course with the computers. You can all see this on the photos and videos of 2013.

Janet also went to a group of people who do not have their own place to live. The government has yet to arrange a home for them because they are homeless since a tribal war in 2007. They live in houses made of corrugated iron, corn stalks, wood and other waste material. The foundation has given them clothes collected in the Netherlands and a container is shipped to Kenya with the computers for school. The recipients of the clothes were very happy. The little money that they have can now be spent on food and not on clothes. Also this visit can be found on the photos and videos of 2013 so you get a good picture.

In February this year, the RIGII Children Foundation received a donation of € 500,- of the Protestant Church “de Ontmoeting” in Nunspeet.

The RIGII Children Foundation was chosen this year to receive part of the gainings of the Queen’s Market on April 27, 2013 from the Protestant Church Nunspeet. This donation was € 4250,-.

Thank you for this and to all others who have supported the Foundation with clothing, computers, toys and donations.

Old computers from library start new life in Kenya

NIJKERK – The libraries in Nijkerk and Hoevelaken recently replaced all computers. The old computers go through the Rigii Children Foundation to a school in Kenya. The computers in the library had to be replaced because they are over five years old. “We noticed that the new software and fast fiber internet that we have made demanded more of the equipment.

“We do not want computers to crash when customers or employees are using them.” said director Roel Zuidhof.

The library looked for a way to get rid of the computers in a responsable way. During this search they got in contact with Janet Eikelenboom. She is fron Kenya and established the Rigii Children Foundation which does a lot for the village where here brother once lived. Eight years ago her brother died. He left his three children behind. anet took care of these children. From this thought, she wanted to help other children in Kenya as well.

The Rigii Children Foundation not only focuses on helping children, but also supports grandmothers who help the children who do not have their parents anymore. They died because of the impact of hiv/aids. Janet also helps the school and this way the whole community. Janet is happy with the thirty computers they get. All data and software on them is removed by a professional company. Next month they will be shipped to Kenya in a container with other stuff. The computers are going to be used by the school in the village.

“Although they are depreciated in the Netherlands they are still perfectly usable in Kenya,” said Janet Eikelboom.

Source: De Stentor – http://www.destentor.nl/

Newsletter july 2012

In November 2011, Janet send the container to Kenya. It arrived in January 2012. Unfortunately a little too late so Janet had to stay a month longer in Kenya to distribute all the collected goods. Fortunately, Janet and her helpers were able to distribute everything on time.

Janet first went to visit the grandmothers. These women often have to care for their grandchildren because their children are deceased..

Each year Janet goes to another village to hand out clothes. This time a village that falls under the responsibility of Paul, one of the employees of RIGII in Kenya.

The work not only involves distributing goods. That became painfully clear when we were in this village and met a girl who was abused by her father. She is now safely housed in a special reception. The foundation has taken it upon themselves that she can return to school.

The foundation has taken care of another new girl. She lived with her grandmother and uncle together but had no house to live in. Janet discussed the situation with the employees in the village and discovered the circumstances were sad. Therefore this girl is the youngest daughter of the RIGII Children Foundation.

This year, the staff also visits the elementary school where all children that the foundation supports are educated. This time there the foundation gave them computers. Now the children of group 1 till 8 are given computer classes.

Of the many things that the foundation has received the children could be made happy with balls and notebooks and toothbrushes and so on. It was a feast for both the children and teachers and employees of the foundation.

We have another volunteer in Kenya so now we are with three.

With this good news we will end this newsletter. We hope to have given you enough information to feel connected to our work.