Ahadi Family Kenya Update May 2014
AHADI FAMILY KENYA UPDATE MAY 2014
Hi-ho. It’s back to school we go. Second term began well. Our two new boys joined the other 19 of our boys in primary school. Our new little boy is in Baby Class, and he is so small, our other Ahadi boys take turns carrying him to school and back. Two of our high school boys (shown in the photo) begged to go to a more challenging school, and they successfully transferred. One of our boys, who is now living with his deceased grandfather’s brother, is failing all subjects, so we still need to figure out what to do about him. Pray that we will make a wise decision. He is also mildly epileptic and had two seizures first term. Vocational school?
ORPHAN’S JOY BOARD MEMBERS MEET THE AHADI BOYS
Orphan’s Joy board members (and their families), who were so generous during the construction process and again during their visit, and whose website (http://orphansjoy.revtrack.net) enables well-wishers to donate using a debit card, met the Ahadi boys for the first time. Here, their board chairman, Dave Thorson, and the boys get to know each other a bit. They explained to the boys what a Minnesota winter was like, and another board member, Pastor Todd Rasmusson, gave a devotional based on a person who drove his pick-up out onto the ice before it was thick enough, became trapped under the ice in his pick-up, but still managed to escape and survive. In the same way, God is able to save us from seemingly impossible situations (like all of our boys have gone through).
BOSTON MARATHON PLEDGES
We are grateful for the pledges that have come in that enabled us to pay all school fees and have much left over for operating expenses, including replacing the pump ($500+) in our under-ground water tank. We truck in all of our water into the underground tank (town water hasn’t come in since before we moved to our new house), and then we pump the water into a holding tank in the attic of the house. So until it gets installed, we use “running water” (depicted in the photo) for all household use: cooking, showers, laundry, etc. Good thing, our boys are used to hardship.
Other donations enabled us to do some much-need fix-it-up jobs like curtain boxes above the windows, replacing or fixing broken taps, etc.
CHAMPIONS OF HOPE DONATES MONEY FOR EQUIPMENT
We are grateful for a donation that is enabling us to buy a laser printer, a camera, radio/cd/dvd player (I hear they are called home theatres (?), and a digital decoder and DVD-player for our TV. Thank you to a new friend who put us in touch with Champions of Hope in North Carolina that runs a car wash, with profits going to help orphans around the world. Maurice, our Computer Science graduate, once again came to the rescue to install everything. The boys cheered when the new channels came in, especially with the Educational Channel which happened to be playing cartoons so clearly when the decoder got attached. He also mounted speakers throughout the house so that boys can now hear Christian radio stations when they wake up at 5:00 each morning. Hopefully, the cheery music will make it easier to roll out of bed, get ready, and leave for school by 6:15! My mother always used that method to wake us up in the morning when I was growing up (sometime back in the Middle Ages), and it’s one of the things I appreciate about her most.
AHADI’S UNIVERSITY BOYS
• Francis, who has been ill for months is on the long road to recovery but had to be hospitalized the fourth time for a week to stabilize him when he had a high fever and couldn’t keep down his medicines. He has been back at my house now, no longer totally bed-ridden and is walking around, eating at the table with us, etc. He has had continual chest pain and coughing, however, and all the hospitals claimed it was pneumonia, but it wasn’t clearing up. Now, the public health clinic on Thursday looked at the x-rays taken during his latest hospital stay and say he has TB. So, he has just started medication. We hope now that he will really thrive. We are thankful for Ian who has been shouldering most of the responsibility of care for Francis. Ian now has a sponsor to study Environmental Health at Daystar University and will report for orientation 26th May.
• Rickson also now has a sponsor and has begun a 2-trimester certificate programme in social work and community health at Gretsa University in Thika (in Kenya, north of Nairobi). He hopes to do well enough to continue on for a diploma and finally a Bachelor’s.
• Michael is now in the US where he will work for the summer at a camp sponsored by Indiana University. He got to meet and stay with his sponsors near Boston and will visit them again at the end of his camp employment. He also had the opportunity to greet the Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church, tell his story, and thank them personally for their support of Ahadi Family Kenya through the years.
• We thank god for gifts in kind by some of our alumni who have helped with accounting, buying and setting up equipment at Ahadi, serving on the Board, sending out this update, etc.