The Latest Newsletter, October 2017

The latest newsletter has been distributed to the Karuri School Project Committee and should have been circulated to people on our mailing list. It is also available for download here.

Support from the Lions Club, Nairobi. May 2017
Following Patricia Moore's introduction in February, the Lions have provided their first support for the school and have arranged for a truck load of 200 sacks of cattle feed. The seasonal rains had only just started at the time and there was little food left for the animals, so the consignment arrived at the best possible time! Wangari is hoping that there will be sufficient cattle food for 2 years and that the animals will all be kept fit and healthy. The money saved can be diverted to other areas of need so we send our grateful thanks to everyone involved with the Nairobi Lions in this new enterprise.

Visit by Patricia Moore, February 2017
In February I was able to visit Sacred Heart School. The school has now been open for 6 years and has gone from strength to strength. There are approximately 100 pupils, 60 boarders and 40 day students. About 50 of the pupils are orphans, many others have only one parent or are destitute. Paying pupils pay according to their circumstances. The boarders have a very long day, starting at 5am and finishing with recreation for an hour, before bedtime at 9pm. The dormitories are clean, attractive and well-organised.

There is a headteacher and 8 teachers, one for each grade. The National Curriculum is followed and the standard of teaching is excellent, shown by the exam results. The teaching staff live in the the school compound in specially built homes. There are three non-teaching staff who ensure that the grounds and animals are well cared for. Their jobs include gardening, cooking and general repairs around the school, all helping towards the welfare of the children.

The grounds are welcoming with trees, shrubs and flowers. The cows, chickens and geese spend their days in harmony, the sheep graze contentedly on the other side of the road and return to an enclosure at night. The children are able to eat an egg at least once a week.

Specialised equipment has been bought to grind maize, oats and hay for the cattle. Cattle stalls have been made and the cows are taken three times a day to feed. They are milked twice daily and surplus milk is sold.

During dry periods water from the new bore hole is used to replenish the supply tanks, although rain water continues to be used whenever possible. There is a secure gate to the school compound and fencing has been erected all the way round. It is planned to improve the security by planting high bushes.

There was great excitement in school when three large parcels arrived from England. The children were so excited as they took turns to unwrap them. They were full of an amazing mixture of red hats, cardigans, wonderful quilts and teddies in bags, all made with love and care. Many thanks to Jill Wadsworth, WI members and friends for their generous gifts.

The Lions Club in Northampton were able to arrange an introduction to their colleagues in Nairobi, so Wangari and I were delighted when invited to visit Lion Shah in his home in the city. He is affiliated to The International Association of Lion Clubs in Kenya and hopes to find ways of helping the school. We are looking forward to forging new links and making new friendships in an attempt to help make the school self sufficient in Kenya.

Further details of my visit can be found in the March 2017 newsletter, download from here.