Ten of our boys (the ones in 4-6 grades) are now on the trip to Western Kenya where they will see one of the Great Lakes, Lake Victoria, and other exciting geographical places. Thank you to those whose giving made this possible. In the photo, they are getting ready to leave, with their bags packed for 5 days away. The boys enjoy going somewhere in a bus since they seldom have a chance to ride in a vehicle of any kind. They walk nearly everywhere. And most of them haven’t been very far from home.
We are approaching the end of 2nd term for 2014 when Ahadi boys will go visit relatives for a while. We are getting a higher number of boys with no safe relatives to visit, though, so pray that we can know how best to handle those who are left behind. We need to give our staff 21 days off per year, so it is important that we figure out logistically how to give them some time off during this break while still meeting the needs of our boys.
We thank God for providing for our needs last month. We were able to pay our bills and reimburse the emergency fund, thanks to several of you who God prompted and enabled to give generously. Now, it’s end of month, and we face the usual payroll expenses, food invoices, etc. and have again dipped into the emergency fund. Thank you in advance for those who will help us meet these challenges of about $1,500 (Ksh. 130,000).
Boarding high schools often are full of unrest second term as those in their last year become nervous about the upcoming national exams. This proved to be the case at the school where two of our boys just transferred. The Form Fours (Seniors) broke windows and rioted so that police were called and began beating boys indiscriminately. Our two boys, who were not involved in the rioting, were beaten and one had to be treated at the hospital! Pray for peaceful means of controlling the situation here in the high schools.
CONCERTS, DINNERS, MORE MARATHONS?
By end of next month, we will need to have school fees again. The Boston Marathon and St. George Ironman Triathlon did so well in catering for our second term fees. If you know of anyone running other races or triathlons or know of any fund-raising ideas that you or your youth group, Bible study group, choir, etc. could do (concerts, dinners, etc.), we would appreciate your getting pledges or donations for our boys at Ahadi. Third term school fees will total about $4,500 (Ksh. 400,000) for the 24 boys in our care and another 6 who are now staying with relatives who cannot afford school fees.
CASE IN POINT
A seven-year old boy appeared a couple of weeks ago at Ahadi’s gateand said his dad had told him to wait there while he went to the junction to fuel the car. The boy had just arrived by bus from Western Kenya, brought by his grandmother, who turned the boy over to the father whom the boy had only seen once before in his life. The father promptly took the boy near Ahadi, pointed to the Ahadi house and told the boy to go there and wait. He never returned. The boy didn’t know his dad’s full name or where he lived, but he knew the name of his school in Western Kenya. We called the police who came and questioned the boy, took him to the police station where he spent the night in the office, and then returned him to us the next day since they had no facilities to care for him, while they do their investigation. They said to give them three days. On the following Monday, we reported the case to the District Children’s Officer who got the case to court and legally got him into our custody for at least the time being. The boy seems quite happy to stay at Ahadi, enjoying going to school with our boys, playing soccer after school, etc. I am sure he wonders, as we do, what will happen to him. Pray for him and the police who follow the case as well as our staff who care for him meanwhile.He has a Muslim name.
AHADI’S UNIVERSITY BOYS
We request continued prayers for Francis, who is still living with my husband and me, and still has not gained weight in spite of good appetite and many medicines, especially tackling liver, TB, and immunity issues. We thank God, though, that he is in better spirits and has begun doing things for himself and us. He even made a delicious potato soup.
Three of our college boys will soon be finishing their college and university training and will need to find jobs so they can live on their own. They need prayers in finding jobs: Stanley (Business Management), Anthony (pharmacy), Reuben (chef). They will face the old dilemma of prospective employers who prefer someone with experience.