Primary schools close for the year, the end of October. Part of the reason for closing early is because many of them are sitting for the national exams. We have one finishing high school (Evata) and taking KCSE, and two (Paul and Francis M) finishing standard 8 (8th grade), plus the sister of one of our boys (Jackie) who we help to support. They still have prayer days in schools in Kenya for the “candidates.” Please pray that they will remember what they have learned and not panic. It is a very intense time of year for them and determines their future possibilities. Other Ahadi boys have finished pre-unit (kindergarten) and standard 3 (3rd grade), and the school decided to have a “graduation” for them. Sorry that the computer “ate” the photos we tried to transfer from the camera, and my camera was stolen. Like all parents, we are wondering what to do to keep the boys occupied until January. Most of them can go for a week of Christian camp if we can get enough money to send them. For the 14 high school-aged boys, it only costs about $17 each (1,500 Ksh), but by the time you add pocket money of about $2.25 (200 Ksh), and transport money to get there and back, it will cost us about $400 (35,600 Ksh)! The 12 upper primary school boys, we can send to a local church camp for only $3.15(280 Ksh) plus pocket money and transport for about $100 (9,000 Ksh). So, total cost of sending 26 of our boys to camp is about $500(45,000 Ksh). If you are like me, you have fond memories of Christian camp. Friendships with new age-mates are made, new experiences are had, and most important, there’s Bible lessons throughout the week and the challenge to give your life to Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. For some of our boys, Christian camp is a turning point in their life. CAN YOU MAKE CHRISTIAN CAMP POSSIBLE FOR OUR BOYS for just $500 (45,000)? We need to know right away if we will be sending the boys so we can hold a place for them, since there are many. I can only reserve a place if I know the money will be there to pay for it. Then, after camp, we need to send them to see relatives (and get them back at the end of the visit), and some of those relatives live very far away and need assistance to feed them during the holidays. That’s another $1,000 (89,000 Ksh) for transport and Family Assistance. When they come back, school starts immediately, and school fees will total about $5,000 (450,000 Ksh.) So you see that our end-of-year expenses are great, on top of the usual operating expenses. One of our donors, who has covered a good percentage of our January school fees in the past, has started her own ministry, and will not be able to make that sizable contribution any longer.
All this to say, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A WORTHY END OF YEAR DONATION (sent about a month or more before end of the year, if possible), CONSIDER A GENEROUS DONATION TO AHADI FAMILY KENYA. If you know you will be sending it later, let me know that, too, and I may be able to do some fund-juggling. See at the bottom of the page how you can easily enable us to meet any of the needs mentioned in this update, if the Lord so leads you.
A big thank you to a Kenyan friend who twice this month contributed a sheep for our boys and to a neighbour who donated second-hand clothing, enabling us to cut costs for feeding and clothing our boys and staff. And thank you to our house parent who carried the slaughtered sheep on his motor bike to us. (Better than carrying a live one. Picture that.) Two chaplains from Daystar University and their wives, visited Ahadi on separate occasions and inspired the boys with their encouraging words. One of them grew up in a children’s home, along with his wife. We look forward to more future involvement with them as they were thrilled to find out about Ahadi, and they share our passion for vulnerable children. Both hope they can be of some help to Ahadi in the future. We are excited to hear that more Kenyans will be involved. One brought 20 cabbages from his small farm. He and his wife are pictured on the far couch in our spacious sitting room, getting acquainted with some of our primary school boys. (My husband, Jon, and I are the white haired couple.)
I would like to send our Social Worker/Manager to a 5-day training 1-5 Dec. in Project Management. Cost, including accommodation and textbook, is $400. Let me know if you can make this possible.
CASE IN POINT
One of our Ahadi boys was put in our care after having the shocking experience of discovering his dad molesting his sister. He reported this, and his dad was arrested and jailed. His mother is mentally unstable, so the court put the boy in our custody. He has settled in very nicely at Ahadi and feels safe and cared for. It would be nice if he and other boys could stay with foster parents in a loving Christian family environment, but foster parenting has not taken off in Kenya. The family-style atmosphere we offer is the next best thing, and we are happy with how nicely the boys that we care for settle in and thrive. If any local people are interested in Foster Care, however, we encourage you to get applications from the children’s department.
AHADI’S ALUMNI NEWS
Francis is doing better, following his 8th hospitalization since Feb., this one for 3 weeks. He finally is beginning to gain weight and is regaining the use of his right side. We also found out he is hyper-sensitive to sunlight so that even 5 min. results in serious burns and peeling of skin. He now has hat and gloves and very strong sunscreen so the sun doesn’t “smite him by day.” We are still following up with TB, neurology (for the tumour and abscess on his brain), and skin clinics.
Thomas Kioko would like to begin studying Social Work or Community Development in January at a cost of about $950 each trimester, including accommodation, transport and pocket money. The first semester, he may need about $300 additional for set up costs—furniture, decent clothes, cooking stove, etc. depending on what accommodation he finds. Let us know soon if God moves your heart to sponsor him.
Collins and Moses Gone, mentioned last month, now have a sponsor. Thank God for his provision. We trust that we will soon hear that Stanley will also be catered for so he can take the Professional course he needs to get a good job.
Moses Otieno has been forced to change majors. This is causing him to take extra courses, going year round. His sponsor is unable to take on the extra expense which will increase his annual expenses which is about $1,500 per year. This can be divided into 3 trimesters of $500 each ($125 per month), from 2015 through 2017. Please let me know if you are able to make up the difference.
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION WILL NOT ONLY HELP YOUR “SPONSEE” BUT WILL HELP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF KENYA WHEN THEY GRADUATE. OUR GRADUATES ARE ALREADY MAKING AN IMPACT.