CARA HEHN IS RUNNING THE BOSTON MARATHON IN APRIL ONCE AGAIN FOR AHADI FAMILY KENYA. Last year, we raised about $8,000 which was enough to pay second term school fees and all
our operating expenses for more than a month! Just school fees alone, plus transport to school, class trips, etc. totals around $4,000. Right now, we really need a boost. We have a cash flow problem. Can you make your pledge per mile (26 miles=42 km. total) and send to any of the addresses listed at the end of this e-mail, using mail, Pay Pal, debit card, or in Kenya M-pesa or direct deposit in our NIC account. Second term begins the first week of May, but we need funds NOW.
OUR HOUSEPARENT REPORTS THAT THE BOYS ARE PARTICIPATING SO MUCH MORE IN EVENING DEVOTIONS SINCE THEY EACH RECEIVED THEIR OWN GOOD NEWS BIBLE AND HYMNAL. They delight in showing they can read God’s word themselves. Thank you to those who made this possible.
DRAWINGS FOR THE NEW 4-BEDROOM ADDITION HAVE RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM 5 COUNTY OFFICES AND AWAIT FINAL APPROVAL NEXT WEEK. We still need about $20,000 to build, but have enough to get a good start, hopefully by the time we have a Farewell Party for Jon and me on 30 April. (We leave Kenya on 13 May, but plan to come back annually to check on things.)
I helped to start Vulnerable Children Caregivers of Athi River (VCCAR) 8 years ago when I invited others who have Children’s Homes to come to Ahadi for fellowship. We later sponsored conferences to sensitize village leaders and educators to the needs of vulnerable children and had trainings in First Aid, etc. for our staff. At a recent meeting with our new Sub-County Children’s Officer and others interested in uniting nationwide, I handed over the documents for others to pick up the baton and continue to meet together for support. When we began meeting, none of us were officially registered, and now, all of us are.
CASE IN POINT
Maurice Kioko came to Ahadi Family Kenya in 2007 in his last year of high school after he came home from school one day and found his family had moved out of their rented house, leaving him alone. He found a note on the table from the person he grew up thinking was his mother. She wrote that she wasn’t really his mother and was no longer going to take care of him! The principal of his school noted the next day that Maurice looked depressed so asked him what was the problem. He was shocked by the reply and let Maurice stay in a spare room at the school, though it wasn’t a boarding school. Eventually the principal called Ahadi Family Kenya because Maurice needed better accommodation and food.He knew us because 3 of our other boys were attending his school. Maurice was nearly 18 by then so came to us with just an informal agreement. It was around 2 years later when he was able to discover his true identity because his “relatives” shunned him and refused to tell him. He came to discover that an elderly couple who lived down the road, who had always been kind to him, were actually his grandparents, and they revealed the truth.His parents had died in a car accident when he was an infant, and he was left in the care of his dad’s second wife who never told him anything about his parents. Maurice has been very faithful in looking after the grandparents when he came to find this out. He regularly takes his grandmother for dialysis and takes her to the hospital when her diabetes causes her problems. Maurice recently received an appointment as the Senior Registrar Assistant at Daystar University (where he graduated in 2012 in Computer Science, thanks to an Ahadi sponsor who has sponsored several Ahadi boys). Maurice had worked on contract at Daystar for several years and often pops in at our house for Saturday morning pancakes or dinner, and borrows our car to take care of his grandmother since we live near Daystar. He even forgave his “step-mother” and took care of her later when she required hospitalization and further observation. We are very proud of Maurice and glad we could give him hope at a time when life looked very bleak for him. It is you, our donors, who make it possible to make a difference in the lives of boys like Maurice.