AHADI FAMILY KENYA UPDATE JUNE 2014
We are half way through second term of school and have already had family visiting at the boarding schools and midterm breaks are this week-end for high schools. The primary school, Leader’s Academy, is planning some trips for the boys in July, which sound exciting (and expensive). We look forward to receiving a donation that will pay for 16 of our boys who are in upper primary classes to go to Western Kenya in mid-July for a total of Ksh. 118,000 ($1350). As we speak, we have 40 cents in our US account, no cash here and only emergency money in the bank (which I will use, of course, if necessary)! I have sent the last of our personal money to buy a tank of gas to cook their meals. I know God will provide, however, as he always has (but I am also praying that some of you will be touched to give because Jesus said that we don’t receive because we don’t ask). We thank God that there was money available to pay most of the salaries, but we need more to pay end of month bills for security, our junior staff stipends, electricity, fuel, wholesale food deposit, meat, milk, employee taxes, social security and national health insurance totalling about $1,000. Anything you can do to help will be appreciated. These bills comes monthly, and we need more people who can commit to monthly giving. Thank you so much to those who already are giving regularly.
Thank you for your prayers for getting a vocational school for our Ahadi boy who was failing every subject in high school. He has been admitted to study car mechanics at a Catholic vocational school.
We thank God for a neighbour who has begun sending 14,000 litres of water per month our way at no cost! Our monthly water bill is normally 11,000 Ksh. ($125) for 20,000 litres, so this is a huge help to us. Another neighbour sends groceries now and then, and some of our employed alumni are now giving regularly. This is in answer to my prayers that Kenyans would begin contributing more. Many of them assume that since I am white and that we have a beautiful house, we must not have any needs. We cannot do this alone, however, and are very much dependent on well-wishers!
SHARYN BARRETT COMPLETES
THE ST. GEORGE IRONMAN TRIATHOLON FOR AHADI
Sharyn Barrett, from Idaho (US), completed the gruelling St. George Ironman Triathlon–swimming, biking, and running for 8 hours in 96 degree weather in scenic canyons in Utah, near Zion National Park. Her friends and church members contributed nearly $1,000 thanks to her doing this on behalf of Ahadi Family Kenya. (Her husband ran the Boston Marathon for Ahadi in 2011.) A fellow Missions Committee member at her church, Dick Stellway, likened the challenges at Ahadi Family to her triathlon in this quotation from his recent e-mail to me: “Like the triathlon event, the Ahadi ‘event’ involves pushing through waves, pumping up hills, descending into valleys then climbing mountains that suddenly appear on the horizon.” And like Sharyn, we don’t give up, but complete the task before us, keeping a picture in mind of our goal of providing a nurturing Christian environment for vulnerable boys (like the one in the “Case in Point” below) who live in unsafe environments.
CASE IN POINT
A 12-year old boy whose parents died when he was 6, joined Ahadi last week. His blind auntie is unable to help much, so the boy has been living for the last 4 years by himself in a small, iron-sheet room, and sleeps on some pieces of foam.(See photo of him showing us his room which has cardboard placed against the walls in an attempt to protect against the cold.) This room is about a mile away from where his auntie lives in a room attached to an abandoned small café. She is dependent on well-wishers who bring her eggs and other things to sell for them. The boy had only one set of clothes–a school uniform that was donated sometime back and is ripped and without buttons and, of course, dirty since he has nothing to change into while it is being washed. He had no shoes. He lives in the community where Ahadi used to be located, so the assistant chief there called us to see if we could help him. We told the boy of other Ahadi boys who came from the same area and asked if he knew them. He said he did, because they used to steal bread together! His teacher at school said he is often absent and is an average student. Thanks to the quick work of the District Children’s Officer, we were able to get a court date in less than a week, and he is now settling in and getting used to Ahadi Family and a new school, though he will understandably need to repeat a grade. We thank God that you have made it possible for us to help this poor boy.
AHADI’S UNIVERSITY BOYS
Two Ahadi boys graduated from Daystar University on 28 June: Moses Gone (on the right), who has been studying Logistics and has been a big help to me in entering in receipts for local bills into Quick Books; Mathew Kioko (on the left) studied Community Development and studied for a year in Korea as an exchange student. He’s now working out the details to go back to get a Master’s Degree on full scholarship for tuition and work study for accommodation.
• Francis, who is sick with TB and living with my husband and me, is still not thriving and had to be hospitalized a fifth time, this time for blood transfusions—4 pts. He is back with us now and his appetite is good, but he is not gaining weight in spite of food supplements, blood boosters, etc. After several lab tests this week, it was determined that he also has liver problems so has added 3 more medicines to combat this (adding to meds for TB). We thank God that he did not need to be hospitalized yet again. I am grateful that Ian, who is now studying Environmental Health at Daystar University down the road from us, has agreed to live with us and help with Francis. Pray that Francis will begin to gain weight and grow strong.