Bitesize summer news from the children in Kenya
Our co-founder Miriam Westendarp had a successful trip to Kenya last month to visit the children and staff at our street children's project in Maua. An update about her experiences and observations while in Kenya, including news about the courts proceedings and our new work partnerships, will follow shortly. But as everyone loves good news, we are writing now to share some of the children's recent achievements, which Miriam enjoyed hearing about when she was there with them.
On the way to having her sight restored
In our last newsletter we told you about one of our girls, Joy Waithera, who will go blind unless she has an operation to correct a serious eye condition. Joy recently ranked 11th out of 150 pupils in her school year exams recently, and we were dismayed by the thought of her having to give up her education or her hopes for the future because of blindness.
We are therefore delighted to tell you that thanks to generous support from one of our longstanding individual donors, as well as a dress-down day fundraiser at Cathcart Associates http://cathcartassociates.com, we now have the necessary funds to pay for the sight-saving operations Joy needs. The two operations will take place at Lions Sight First Eye Hospital on the western outskirts of Nairobi, a world-class hospital and the only place in Kenya able to help Joy. Joy has already visited the hospital for a detailed diagnosis and it has been confirmed that she has a severe case of keratoconus, a progressive wrinkling and thinning of the cornea.
We are very grateful to the eye charity SeeKenya http://seekenya.org for their continued involvement and expertise in Joy's case.
A video clip of Joy thanking UK supporters for saving her sight
Towards independence - how our young people are learning the skills they need to thrive as adults
While other charities give street children the basic learning they need to survive, New Life Nyambene's sets the goal higher - to give street children the academic opportunities and vocational training that they need to thrive as young adults able to support themselves. Two pictures illustrate this perfectly, and speak for themselves:
Patrick Mwenda, who we are very proud to say has been accepted at Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi to study medicine. This is a huge achievement considering the rocky start to Patrick’s young life – rescued from the streets as a little boy.
Joyce Karimi, who thanks to UK sponsorship is able to attend a college course to train as a chef, allowing her to fulfil one of her ambitions in life.
And finally -
Four of our Primary School children - Roy, Elosy, Damaris and Caroline - have recently qualified at national level in a dance competition. We wish them all the best for August, when their act will be performed at the national contests in Nairobi.
A video clip of one of the children's performances which has qualified for the national competition.