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.
Janet Eikelenboom, chairman.