The Boston Marathon, one of the world’s oldest marathons (not counting the Greeks), is now over, and our runner, Cara Hehn completed her 26 miles (42 km.). She is a winner
for agreeing to literally go the extra mile(s) for the sake of our Ahadi boys. THANK YOU, CARA. It is not too late to give your donations/pledges of (however many dollars or Kenyan shillings) per mile (26) or km. (42) that she ran. See contribution details at the end of this update. 100% OF YOUR DONATION GOES TO THE OPERATIONAL EXPENSES FOR AHADI FAMILY KENYA THANKS TO THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HANDLE THE FINANCES. The second school term begins the first week of May, and we need around $4,000 (400,000 Ksh.) just for education alone—on top of groceries ($1,000 per month), staff salaries (another $1,000 per month) and clothing, medical, utilities, etc. (another $1,000 per month). WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT YOU HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE TO HELP THESE VULNERABLE SCHOOL-AGED BOYS WHO ARE EACH SO PRECIOUS IN OUR SIGHT. We have received already enough for school fees and end of this month’s needs, so we would be pleased to have you join us in contributing towards the needs of May, June, and July.
THE RAINS HAVE BEGUN, AND THE BOYS HAVE FINISHED THE SCHOOL TERM, SO THEY PRACTICED SOME FARMING SKILLS, weeding, setting boundaries, preparing the soil in our little farm. They also are enjoying the ugali (boiled maize flour) made from the maize we grew last season and took to have milled into flour. We have also planted the tomato seeds in the greenhouse (in the background), and they are ready to be transplanted.
After relaxing a while at Ahadi, most of them went to visit relatives, though the seven of them in Standard 7 (7th grade) and two in Standard 8 had to stay in school two extra weeks to begin studying for the national exam that will take place October/November 2016 for those in 8th grade and 2017 for those in 7th. When all of them are away visiting relatives, the staff take a few days off. (It is mandatory to give Kenyan staff 22 days off per year.)
During our Easter visit with our son, Michael, and his family, we also visited Victor who is studying Community Development at Moffat Bible College, a program that Michael is developing. Victor is working with the college dairy project as part of his studies. See black and white cows behind them in the photo.
FAREWELL TO THE MASSOS (FOUNDERS OF AHADI FAMILY KENYA)
Today, April 30, the boys, alumni, neighbors, staff and former staff, and friends of Ahadi came to bid my husband and me “Farewell.” We are leaving in 2 weeks to semi-retire in Maine, USA, near our 2 American Girls and their families. Our son, Michael and family will continue serving in Kenya at Moffat Bible College, and our daughter, Christi and family are moving from Kenya in June, where they studied and worked for 11 years at Africa International University, to France to work in a ministry to families. Jon and I will remain involved with Ahadi through the internet and telephone, and through annual extended visits and meetings of the Trustees. We are leaving our capable manager, staff, and board members in charge of the daily operations. The needs of the boys continue, of course, after we are gone, so we still will depend on your financial support and prayers. I will keep you updated each month, as usual. Around 75 managed to get to the Farewell, though delayed about 3 hours because of heavy rains and traffic. We thank God for protecting our former social worker whose brakes gave out on the way, and their car rolled over twice. They managed to get out and still made it to the Farewell, unscratched, though their car is badly damaged. Our son, Michael, represented our family though our daughter and family couldn’t make it through. We received so many expressions of thanks and blessings from our boys, alumni, staff, and board. It was very encouraging for us to see so many turn out and also to know that we are “passing the baton” to others who will continue “the race” in our absence, while we still will be staying very involved from a distance. Our staff and board and some neighbors financed the celebration which was prepared by our talented kitchen staff. Roasted goat and chicken were featured among other delicacies and ended with a c ceremonial cake. We are glad that this isn’t a final farewell since we plan, Lord willing, to visit and monitor things every year. The celebration culminated in a Ground Breaking for our new addition for which we have received about half of the 4 million Ksh. ($40,000) needed to complete the construction. We welcome your contributions.