The big item this month is that we have been inspected by Public Health and the Area Advisory Council which is the local arm of the National Council for Children’s Services. As soon as we receive the Good Conduct results from the Criminal Investigation Department for all of our staff, we will bind our written application to submit it, and wait for our renewal of registration. I meet this Thursday with the Area Advisory Council who will decide whether or not to recommend us for renewal. We need to make a few adjustments (our cooks need to wear dust jackets and white chef hats for instance, and we need to fumigate because they saw 4 mosquitoes), but nothing major, and I believe we are one of the best children’s homes around. We even managed to have our accounts audited in time to have them included in the documentation. In the photo is our social worker on the left, and me (looking rather pale-faced) in the back, with the inspection team.
OUR AUDIT of 2013
God provided almost 6 million Kenyan shillings ($70,000) for running expenses for Ahadi in 2013. Thirty per cent was for salaries, 23% education, 17% groceries, and the rest for transport, clothing, utilities (trucked-in water!), etc. He also provided nearly the same amount from our sponsors for the 19 boys who are now in university and colleges. That deserves a big WOW for God, and you, his channels of blessing. We thank God that He continues to provide our needs in surprising ways.
BOSTON MARATHON RUNNER
Cara Hehn is running the Boston Marathon for Ahadi Family Kenya on April 21. Please support this initiative by pledging $1 to $10 per mile (26 miles). Our goal to raise enough money through this to pay the school fees in May of around $5,000 plus assist with other operating expenses. Total $8,500. Cara, niece of Brandon Hehn, who originally ran for us, ran for us last year as well.
CASES IN POINT
Thanks to a couple of large donations, we will be taking in four more orphans and one abandoned little boy who is the brother of one of our Ahadi boys, as soon as the school term ends in April and when we can make a date in court. The little brother had been in another children’s home that takes in abandoned babies and small children, but now he is old enough to go to school, so will join his brother at Ahadi Family. We have been waiting for this day and look forward to it happening, hopefully in a couple of weeks. The four other boys were orphaned when their single mom died, and they were left with an auntie who is unemployed and has three children of her own. The only meal they get each day is a free meal at school. The area assistant chief pleaded her case (along with many others which we can’t deal with at this time). We also are anticipating, hopefully, reconciling one of our boys to his mother in April, if we find that the home situation proves to be stable. PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THESE CHILDREN AS THEY ADAPT TO A NEW ENVIRONMENT AND AS THE BOYS AT AHADI ADJUST TO THE NEW FAMILY DYNAMICS .
MASSO FAMILY MEETS AHADI FAMILY
Our youngest daughter, Karin, and her husband, Mark Loewen, and 3 children, who have been so supportive of our ministry here, finally got to meet the boys and see the Ahadi house. They brought games for the Ahadi boys and taught them how to play them, sang with them, and got to meet the two boys they have sponsored in college. The young man on the left in the photo on the right is studying medicine, so Mark, who is a surgeon, brought him some medical equipment. I won’t say what the equipment was because I can’t spell them.
AHADI’S UNIVERSITY BOYS’ NEEDS
• Francis Kiririu has been sick for weeks and was just diagnosed with kidney failure. Pray that we can find a good, affordable hospital to treat him.
• Rickson, one of our boys who finished high school years ago and has been struggling with menial jobs ever since, has now requested that we help him go to a college to study Social Work and Community Development, beginning in May. Each trimester is around Kes.40,000 ($500); rent, transport and food, another $600; and set up in a room (bed, mattress, cooking stove, pots and pans, etc.) along with better clothes $500. So initial cost is around $1,600, but after that around $1,100 three times per year (two terms left this year). He will start at a certificate level.
• Ian would like to begin studying Environmental Health at Daystar University in May. Cost is around $2,000 for May term, and August and January terms are around $2,500 including everything.
Note: Any donation for university boys’ needs must be specified. I assume that all donations not specified will go for operating expenses of the school-aged boys.