The Ladies In Action have been quiet on the blog but have been very active throughout the period since our last report.
Total of 19000 children have been dewormed in various schools. With the assistance of Jessy from Klara Foundation and Lydia and Nadi both of Keelbook College Holland, we also carried out wound cleaning at several clinics
TREE PLANTING PROJECT
In 2011 total 0f 3500 trees were planted in various schools and this year of 2012 we have already planted 1000 trees. Our aim is to reach 5000 trees on 2012.
KISATIRU SCHOOL KISUMU REMAND HOME
NOVEMBER 19TH KOTETINE PRIMARY SCHOOL 290
MARCH 1ST KOROWE 350
JUNE 20112 SEME 190
SEPTEMBER 1ST NYAKACH 305
WATER WELL PROJECTS
With kind donation from Mrs. Hayer and Mrs. Lataben Shah and Mrs. Sarlaben Raja we have succefuly completed one well in Vihiga district and two more
WELL IN KISATIRU
We were blessed with kind donations from various individuals.
Out thanks to:
And several others:
Mrs. Sarlaben Raja
Mrs. Lataben Shah.
Mr. Ketan Karia
Mr. and Mrs. Suresh PABARI
Mrs. Vinaben Radia
Mr. Prakash Pabari
Mr. Naresh Pabari
Mr. Mukesh Pabari
Mr.Mansukhbhai and Mrs. Kirtiben Pabari
The beneficiary are old people of different areas 60 kilo meters around Kisumu District.
At Alice Visionary Foundation Project Muhoroni District
At Nyak community Seme
At Ngop Ngeso Kit Mikayi
At Sarafina’s Rabour District
Chairs kindly donated by Shobhaben sister of Mrs. Morzeria Kid Star School Nyalenda
We wish all our supporters a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
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We have gone through the phase one- food distribution and phase two tree planting. Now we go the phase three medical camp.
We had a medical camp at Gilwatsi School on May 21st and treated almost 350 people. Second medical camp was held at Kisatiru School in Vihiga district. Here about 300 people received medical attention and medicines.
Dr. Beryl Mrs Nisha Haria at Pharmacy.
Earlier when Marja and Monica were here we had a very successful Animal Camp
Cows; bulls; goats; dogs; cats; pigs; and many other were given vaccinations and were sprayed with teak prevention medicine.
The final project school building and library building.
Due to lack of funds and very high cost of construction we have not been able to build schools. But this did not stop us from building libraries. So far we have built four libraries in Vihiga district and one more to come at Rabour –Kano planes.
Children spend more time studying in libraries and the results of the schools improve in high standards.
Our new project of collecting plastics and making mattress is beginning to be quite a success! Below is a letter from the Kisumu Youth Football Association:
Hi Mr. and Mrs. Pabari -
Thank you again for initiating this mattress project! We at KYFA are so impressed with the simplicity yet innovation behind the idea. If we can get a few more teams on-board, this would be a really interesting story for the media to cover.
The Obunga Babes club is pretty excited that they have already finished their first mattress. Opiyo tells me that they are giving them to their players first, those who don’t have a mattress to sleep on. But they have already gotten requests from customers who are willing to pay 400 and up. I am going to circulate information to all of our clubs hoping that they will be motivated by the Obunga players.
Thank you again!
As most of you know, the Ladies in Action have various activities including:
1. Food Distribution
2. De-worming Programs
3. Tree Planting
4. Medical Camps
5. Animal camps
6. School Building
7. Library Building
The first part was related to the food distribution.
Now for the second part which has been one of the big programs has to be cut down due to a shortage of volunteers. Tobias Kadongo‘s retirement has made it impossible to carry on on a large scale. However, we still managed to de-worm about 7000 children last school term.
Our third phase is tree planting. Our aim is to plant thousands of trees.
The above are pictures of Kisumu Football association children planting 100 trees in Obunga .
The children have also agreed to collected all the plastic bags floating around and make mattresses. The material is donated by Klara Foundation and Ladies In Action.
Tree planting at KISATIRU Primary School
So far following schools have received trees:
- KISATIRU Primary School 155 trees
- Igunga Primary School 300 trees.
- Obunga 100 trees.
- Kisumu Remand Home 100
- Joseph, one of the Sue Dean’s orphans who is doing farming at his rural home 50
The year has been a busy one. Most of our volunteers have returned to their home countries and Tobias Kadongo retired. Chotu and Nejla have been handling the work together. Chotu doing most of the field work alone or with help of donors.
We have slowed down on deworming due to lack of man power but during the last three months almost 7000 children have been de-wormed and six schools received 728 mugs and 7 large cooking pots (sufurias)
Food distribution has been very successful with various donors giving away generously.
In June, we had the daughter and son-in-law of Mr and Mrs. Morzeria who gave to 100 old people at Sarafina’s home.
Above: Bharti from India at Kit Mikay and Hiraben Primary School
Below: Lataben Shah and family members also at Kit Mikay and Hiraben Primary School
The Dhokia family also donated food and other items at Kombeya Chief’s camp while Saliesh Shah gave 525 packets of milk for school children in Rabour district. Mr Jayvantbhai who is also our regular donar gave away maize meal; salt; matches and cooking fat to 120 old people at Kombeya Chief’s camp.
Maize Meal for Arise and Shine Orphanage:
Thank you very much to all the continued support we receive to keep reaching out to so many need people.
2010 has certainly been full of very exciting events for us and between having two new grandchildren born in the space of one month in two different parts of Kenya, we have as you can imagine between very preoccupied – but that’s not to say there hasn’t been any ACTION in 2010! Lots of news to report on so here are just a few snippets…
We held quite a few medical camps including:
- Nyak Community on 15th May and 243 children and adults were treated.
- 3th March at Morning Star Nursery School and about 250 children and adults were treated. Here they also received 100 trees and 150 old ladies received food donation in form of maize meal.
- 24th July 2010 at the Renja Primary School and 390 children and adults received medical treatment and medicines. Thank you to Nishaben and Harleys for taking care of the medical camp and medicines,
A record total of 199 schools were visited and 29201 children were dewormed during this term of April to June 2010!
- Nyakongo Primary School received 30 chairs for the library. 15 chairs paid by Klara Foundation and 15 were bought by the school.
- Mercury primary school received 4 benches for the children to sit on, EMO received 5 benches and Forine received 4 benches.
- Sianda Primary School received mugs and sufurias for the feeding program
- Igunga Primary School highly benefited with construction of a library. They also received 18 benches ( would accommodate 54 children ) and 350 trees.
- Langi Primary School got their well completed , thanks to Sue Dean of Jesey. Langi also received 383 books for their library.
In addition, Ladies In Action received 42 bales of maize flour from Eldoret Grains Ltd which was distributed to Langi community, Igunga community and Sharifinas old ladies.
- On 31st May we donated 300 trees to Renja Primary School.
- Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11th August Tree planting at Nyakongo Primary School .and Langi Primary School Kindly donated by Raj Sembi, daughter of Manjit and Lily Sembi of Ndugu Transport Ltd, Kisumu
They also gave milk and bread to 300 children at Nyakongo and 300 children at Langi.
Raj Sembi also distributed milk and bread at the Remand Home
Wednesday 12th August Babu Pabari and Chotu Pabari distributed milk and bread to 300 children at the Hiraben Primary School , they also gave maize milk , bread and cooking fat to 80 old ladies at the school kindly donated by Suresh Pabari.
Our life with Wycliff began about one and half years ago when we found Wycliff on the streets of Kisumu. He approached me while my wife was shopping in the main street of Kisumu. He came and said to me, “Sir, I don’t want money, I don’t want food, I just want to go to school.” So we got him off the streets. He was given a roof under his head and three meals a day and we put him in school. Wycliff was always special – he had a look in his eyes of surety. He knew what he wanted and was going to get it. He performed very well at school and soon became everyone’s favorite He had taken our hearts.
Wycliff joined the group of boys that we have been looking after for several years. He became one of the extended family members. We admitted him to the Daisy Special School for Disabled with our other boys. He was in good hands. But not long after, the Headteacher called to tell us that Wycliff was very ill and had to be admitted to hospital. That is the time we found out about his real sickness. The doctor in Kakamega gave him some blood and he gained his weight. We decided to bring him to Kisumu where the doctors at Aga Khan Hospital informed us that his bone marrow was not functioning .
We wanted Wycliff to have as normal a life as possible so we put him at the Our Lady of Grace School where we have Mandela, Emily, Amy and Helen. Father Martin was always there to help Wycliff – take him to the hospital or doctor.
For the last ten months we have been bringing him in and out of hospital and constantly finding donors for blood. His last few weeks in the hospital were not very good and after giving him the last four units of blood at the Victoria Hospital the doctor discharged him. Realising that Wycliff was losing the battle to stay alive, we talked to his brother to discuss with the family so he could come home and spend his last few days with his grandmother.
He was fortunate to be with Father Martin at the time he passed away. We pray for his soul to rest in peace. We shall all miss him dearly.
I would like to thank the Headteacher and staff of Daisy Special School in Kakamega; Doctor Espira and his staff at the Nala Nursing Home where he was first diagnosed. Many thanks also to the headteacher and staff of Our Lady of Grace; the Management and staff of Consolata Hospital. Sr. Vincent and staff of St Vincent’s Hospital in Muhoroni. We are deeply grateful to all the blood donors – it is not possible for me to remember all the names, but special thanks to Dr. Darryn Knobel who helped find us so many donors. Our special thanks to Father Martin who was always there and helped him in every way. And of course we cannot forget Susan Deans.
I must not forget Dr. Kilimo who took special interest in Wycliffe’s sickness as well as Dr. Ongo’nga, Dr. Otieno and the nurses and staff of Victoria Hospital.
Our special thanks to the Aga Khan Hospital, Mr. Imran, Mr Isanya, the doctors and nurses of the Aga Khan Hospital. We are very grateful to the management of the hospital who waived the hospital charges whenever there was a transfusion required. They also waived off two nights room charges and the costs of doctors.
My thanks goes to Mr Tobias Kadongo who went with Wycliff to Kijabe Hospital for treatment to his leg. Tobias looked after him like he was own son.
I must not forget Lia and Hans from Holland who gave so much financial support. Hans is just about to complete 6000 km bicycle ride to raise money for Wycliff to offset some of the costs we have incurred during Wycliff’s sickness.
I would like to thank most of all my wife who was a mother to Wycliff. She made sure he had proper nourishing food and medication. She made sure Wycliff always had the basics like love and water. She would get up early in the mornings and prepare food for Wycliff and send it to the school.
I may have left out many names so please forgive me for that and accept our gratitude.
Wycliff, your life was short but you touched so many of us and reminded us what it means to be a human.