The Ladies In Action have been quiet on the blog but have been very active throughout the period since our last report.

Kisumu Remand Home were blessed with 40 mattresses kindly donated by Mrs. Hayer , 31 mattresses and Foam Mattress 9.


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



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.




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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






We were blessed with kind donations from various individuals.
Out thanks to:

Mrs. Hayer               Mrs. Hayer at Kisitaru

And several others:


Mr. Jayantbhai
Mrs. Sarlaben Raja
Mrs. Lataben Shah.
Foam Mattress
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 Kotetine Primary School

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!

December 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Letters from the boys



Click on the images to read them in full size

October 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment


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.

DR Francis.

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!

September 29, 2011 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Trees, trees and more trees!

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

Children are briefed how to plant trees.

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

September 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment


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

Mrs Hayer who is our regular donor has been most generous and donated more then ten items:

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.

August 28, 2011 at 7:59 am 3 comments

LADIES IN ACTION has not been without ACTION during 2010

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…

Medical Camps

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!

School Development

  • 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.

May 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Wycliff’s last days

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.

August 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm 2 comments

Langi Primary and Nursery School

Not long ago we identified a new school in Seme District near Holo Market that was desperate for help. It was completely run down and the children were lacking classrooms to sit in. The local community, have been very co-operative and helpful and gained the confidence of Ladies In Action.

Thus, Mrs. Shakuntla Shah and her sister came to the rescue and agreed to fund the entire construction. This was later changed and Mr. Sunil Shah, husband of Mrs. Shakuntla Shah funded the whole project which has costed over 5 million Kenya shillings.

Work in progress:

The school now has eight primary class rooms, two nursery classrooms, a library and administration block.

The community not only benefited with a brand new school but they also received assistance for the old ladies and orphans through medical camps and animal camps. In addition, the Women Groups received goats and day old chicks.

Thanks to Mrs. Shakuntla  Shah and her husband Mr. Sunil Shah for funding this very large project.

The goodwill does not stop there. On top of all the support receive from Shakuntla and Suni Shah, a great friend and supporter of Ladies IN Action, Sue Dean of Jersey kindly offered to build a water well and the work has already started with over 30 ft dug so far. The school will soon have its own water.

July 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm 2 comments

Library for Nyakongo Primary completed – Thank you Ngombe Wire!

At last the library is complete and been handed over to the school authorities.

They are now adding shelves. We have donated almost 950 library books.

The school is now complete with 8 class rooms constructed by the Ladies In Action and financed by the Klara Foundation Holland.

The Nyakongo Primary School and Ladies In Action are very grateful to you to make this a successful event.

March 16, 2010 at 6:41 am 1 comment


Ladies In Action are back in the field at the opening of schools in mid September.  A lot of areas have been covered and a number of new sites have been added.  Tobias Kadongo and Chotu Pabari covered a number of schools by de worming .This was done until first week of October when Chotu and Nejla went on a holiday to Turkey for almost 2 months. Sue Dean from Jersey Islands was very kind to cover for both Chotu and Nejla.

Sue did a tremendous job as you will see from the list below.

  • Total of 24714 pupils were de wormed and many were treated for wounds and ring worms.
  • The following schools benefited with school benches; mugs for porridge and cooking pots (sufuria):

New Apostolic                         5 benches
Salem                                       4 benches
Miracle Day Care                     4 benches
Joy Day Care                           5 benches
Joykeds.                                   Received 40 mugs and one sufuria for  feeding program.
Kids Star                                  received 200 mugs and one sufuria for feeding program
St Pauls Nursery Nyalenda received 50 mugs and one sufuria for feeding program
Miracle Day Care                     received 50 mugs and one sufuria for feeding program
Faith Harvest received 45 mugs and one sufuria for feeding program
Joy Day Care                           received 70 mugs and one sufuria.
LAngi Primary                        received 10 tables
New Hope                               received 50 mugs and one sufuria.
Melchizedek                             received 40 mugs and one sufuria
St Vitalis                                   received 120 mugs and one sufuria

All the above were taken care by Mrs. Sue Deans and our deep gratitude goes to her voluntary work. In addition to this Sue had to take care of Wycliffe and the other boys. Wycliffe had been readmitted at the Aga Khan Hospital and has received 4 units of additional blood. Our thanks goes to Shamir Badiani, Darryn Knobel, Natalie, Jennifer and Kathrin Battle for the units of blood they donated when Wycliffe was in need of fresh blood. At the time of admission at the hospital for second time his Hb was 2.4g/dl and after the transfusion it rose to 10.4g/dl

The final diagnosis is FANCONI ANAEMIA. The doctor feels that he may benefit from Haematopoietic Stem Cell transplantation. Right now he is in our care at our Milimani Compound. Jack and Mandela are with him as it is now school holiday time. The Hb dropped to 6.1 on 23 Dec but on 29 Dec in increased slightly to 7.4. This is a positive sign.

God willing he can go back to school in January 2010.

Talking about schools, we received an an excellent report of Jack. He go 4 A and 1 A- and ranks Number 54 in the Nyanza Province and 4th in his school. Jack has always been hard working and brought good results.

March 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

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