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When Phoebe’s Family met Peace Jam 2017

The team at Phoebe’s Family have enjoyed an extraordinary weekend because they took part in Peace Jam 2017 in Winchester.

What is Peace Jam?? well, it is the most amazing world wide initiative for young people. It encourages these young people to think about Peace in our world and the way that they can peacefully contribute. A Nobel Peace laureate is invited to every Peace Jam and this years Laureate was none other than the fantastic Leymah Gbowee from Liberia. Leymah led the Liberian Peace Chapter of the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET), to call for the end to the civil war in Liberia. This war was ravaging the country and it through Leymah’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that the war was stopped.

We were inspired and moved by Leymah’s contributions, she says “When the powerless start to see that they really can make a difference, nothing can quench the fire”.

Leymah Gbowee speaks at PEACE JAM 2017

 

The Phoebe’s family Team Sandra Lewis, Becky Sutton, Freya Nicholson and Jemima Herd presented and demonstrated up-cycling with large groups of young people, their Mentors and Teachers. We were joined by other interested parties and we had a wonderful hands on session.

The young people were creative and enthusiastic and we made some lovely things. Freya took some of these young people out and about to sell our famous chicken cards, just to give them the experience of selling a few. Little did we know that they were fearless sales people and we raised enough money to buy 50 chickens!!!! Well done the sales team.

Becky headed up the plaited rugs team and they worked so hard

 

Becky guides the plaited rug team even Rotarian Steve George has a go!!

Students,Teachers and Mentors work side by side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jemima worked quietly teaching the students how to use a sewing machine, whilst Rotarian Tony Allchurch from Jersey Rotary Club got creativewith the rage rug team, Polina Park was a natural and I think would have made a whole rug if we had the time.

Tony and Polina of Sidcot School, make a rug

We learned a great deal from Tony as he has worked in Kenya for many years. We were so impressed with the enthusiasm for helping showed by these young people. it was clear they had learned from Leymah and would take their experience out into their world. So Thank you to everyone who was involved with our fabulous weekend, the organisers, the volunteers and the participants and to all those who showed such an interest in Phoebe’s family G.B. We will see you again next year.

 

2017 The Year of Our Children – Sponsorship

Brain is shy with a beautiful smile

Brian is shy with a beautiful smile

Tunu and Friends

We are all Friends

WE are going to make 2017,”The Year of Our Children”.  We will endeavour to get sponsorship for as many of our resident children as possible and we start really well by getting a new sponsor for Brian.

Brian is 4 years old, a shy but delightful little boy with a smile to melt any heart, he has been with Phoebe’s Family for 2 years. Very little is known about Brian’s parents except we know his Mother died about 2 years ago.

We have found him the perfect sponsor and it is a great start to 2017 and our new campaign. YOU could sponsor a child for as little as £56 pounds. Full sponsorship is only £500 per annum. Your child would receive food, clothes, school uniform, and an education. Other options are to sponsor a child’s education for just £56, £93 or £175. The cost is dependant of the age of the child you sponsor. We make it easy for you and there different ways to pay.

If you would like more information then please visit our website at www.phoebesfamily.com or mail us on info@phoebesfamily.com. We are a small but effective charity and we know sponsorship benefits all parties.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all and start the new year with a loving giving gesture.

 

 

An Amazing Trip to Phoebe’s Wonderful Family

Where do I start to tell you about this amazing trip and the things that I saw and experienced. I guess the first thing to do is thank my dear travelling companion Louise Berrington. Louise worked so hard and was just wonderful with the children( thought I might have search her case when we were leaving )!! Louise was selfless on this trip  always dignifies and nearly always smiling. We laughed a lot and we made a great team as we were out in Kenya to work.

We collected masses of information and that includes all we needed to develop the sponsorship programme for the children that Phoebe supports. I will e loading the latest pictures into the gallery this week. Please visit these children and see if you can find it in your heart to sponsor one of them.

We visited so many project run by the Great Lake Foundation. I will post a new page for this part of Phoebes work but just to explain the concept. Phoebe has mobilised 90 groups of 15 women ( and about 5% men), together they are developing sustainable project to help feed and educate the families in the very rural parts of Kisumu County Siaya and the surrounding districts. There are so Many orphans in this area as 78% of a generation has been decimated by Aids and other diseases. The elderly and vulnerable people have to manage this precious burden of all the children who are orphaned. Phoebe takes a ” Never Give Up ” attitude and the projects are coming together but as always we need YOUR help.

Over the next few weeks I will be describing the projects and giving contact points as well as feeding back from our other successes.

Here are some pictures that make me smile.We were greeted so warmly by everyone. The boys holding the rabbits are paying their way through school by breeding them and selling the meat.

Please keep watching over the next few weeks and just meet more of the wonderful people involved with these projects and our trip.

Peanut processing they are picked and roasted and processed by these wonderful ladies

Peanut processing they are picked and roasted and processed by these wonderful ladies

We were greeted so warmly by everyone

 We were greeted so warmly by everyone

Older Orphans paying their way through school with a rabbit project

Older Orphans paying their way through school with a rabbit project

 

 

 

We are off today!!!! Kisumu here we come.

The day has finally come we are checked in, packed and ready to go, very exciting to be travelling to Kisumu to meet up with Phoebe and her wonderful Family. We have a very busy schedule. There will be lots to see and so many people to meet. Louise and I will be gathering information to enable us to support Phoebe and her work in the very best way.

I will try and update from Kenya but a great deal depends on the internet connections. I will bring back news and photos so that you can see what we have been up to.

The first Widows house

The first Widows house

The new school building

The new school building

Louise and Sandra with Muzvare Betty Mackoni at the Women's Empowerment Seminar in Crete

Louise and Sandra with Muzvare Betty Mackoni at the Women’s Empowerment Seminar in Crete

Thank You Dear Sponsors – Faith & Hope

The generosity of the sponsors of  Faith and Hope mean that I am able to take out lots of lovely new clothes to keep those precious babies safe and warm, as well as looking pretty. It is so heart warming when our wonderful sponsors respond to the needs of our children. Thank you again, you know who you are and I will bring back pictures of Faith and Hope looking beautiful.

 

 

They will look so cute

They will look so cute

Hats galore

Hats galore

 

We are off to Kisumu – very excited

The widows at Bondo Farm work for the Orphanage and have a small piece of land in return for their labour, everybody wins,

The widows at Bondo Farm work for the Orphanage and have a small piece of land in return for their labour, everybody wins,

For some weeks now we have been planning a trip to visit Phoebe and her wonderful family. We, Louise Berrington and I are representing E.S.A. ( European Sustainability Academy )in the absence of their amazing Managing Director Sharon Lawlor – Jackson.

We will be presenting Bishop Phoebe with an award from the Academy for her work empowering and educating women and her continued work with the children of Kisumu.

We will also up-date our records for the Phoebe’s family sponsorship programme. we will be taking new photographs ( they grow so quickly) and we will be  hearing about the children’s achievements.

This is a working trip and we are very privileged to be attending a  rally whilst we are there, meeting women from the “Great Lake Foundation” and on our return we will add a page on this website.

We also hope that we will have submitted our papers for registration of the new charity, hoping to support Phoebe and her family with the money we raise. We will keep you up to date with the progress we are making. Please keep contacting us if you need more information about the new charity and the work we support in Kisumu, Kenya.

Rotarian Sandra Lewis of Locksheath Rotary Club on a visit to kisumu Kenya

Rotarian Sandra Lewis of Locksheath Rotary Club on a visit to Kisumu Kenya

NEW SPONSORS FOR FAITH & HOPE

Great news we have two wonderful families in the UK who would like to sponsor Faith and Hope and we are in the middle of organising this sponsorship now.

The issue of young Mothers dying in child-birth is something Phoebe is having to deal with more and more. Since posting about Faith and Hope, another set of twins have been born and another young Mother has died. Phoebe always wanting to help the wider community is looking to see how she can help these young rural Mothers who cannot afford to visit the doctor or go to a clinic to have their babies. They may not even be aware that they are having twins.

As a Grand Mother of twins and knowing the joy these children bring to their parents I feel the tragedy of these deaths very personally. The Mother of our Grand children had such marvellous care and their birth was attended by several doctors and nurse specialists. We may not be able to provide all of this care in Kenya but we must do something to help Phoebe care for these young Mothers.

If you would like to help or donate please contact me through this website or visit our Phoebe’s family face book page and become a friend.

They should have their Mother's love

They should have their Mother’s love

This child refuses to die will you help her live

This child refuses to die will you help her live

 

International Women’s Day & Phoebe Onyango

It is International Women’s Day and it is a time to remember all the women we know  love and respect. Of course Phoebe Onyango came to mind.

I would need all day to tell you of Phoebe’s achievements over the past 20 years so I will just say Phoebe has the biggest heart, the greatest capacity for love and a great sense of humour. She is driven by this and her great faith to make the world a better place and she does. We could all be a little more like Phoebe. It is a privilege to know you and help you in your work.

Phoebes family always smiling

Phoebes family always smiling

Clever ideas to be sustainable

Clever ideas to be sustainable

Mama  Phoebeshowing me the orphanage in 2012

Mama Phoebeshowing me the orphanage in 2012

Mama Phoebe handing out Christmas boxes fro Rotary UK

Mama Phoebe handing out Christmas boxes fro Rotary UK

Phoebe in traditional dress

Phoebe in traditional dress

Samuel haven’t you grown with love, care and Sponsorship

Samuel Paul was found by a policeman and when he was carried to Phoebe, Samuel fitted in that Policeman’s hand.

It was touch and go as to whether Samuel would survive but with Phoebes care and love he grew into the lovely child you see in these pictures.

When I first met Samuel he was supposed to be having a nap but like all inquisitive children he wanted to be involved.  When Phoebe was showing me around the accommodation, I felt a tug on my trousers and then as I turned around Samuels arms went up and of course I just had to lift him up and that was the start of a beautiful friendship. My husband and I now sponsor Samuel and it is a joy to see him grow in all aspect of his little life.

Sponsoring a child is such a worthwhile thing to do, Samuel is too young to write to us but we do receive photos and wow isn’t he growing. Phoebe’s family need more sponsors for the children so that their education and well being is assured. If you are interested in changing a child’s life then please contact me through this website. Please go to our sponsorship page to see the children. I will be posting more stories to feedback to you the effect that sponsorship can have on a child in Phoebe’s Family

Love and care set me on the right road

Love and care set me on the right road

I am getting bigger

I am getting bigger

Now look at me a really big boy

Now look at me a really big boy

2016 A Year of Great Change

First I must apologise to all who support Phoebe’s family, I have not updated for some time and it is my intention to keep you informed of the wonderful things that are happening In Kisumu Kenya.

There will be many changes this year and we hope that these changes bring joy to all concerned. A big change to our support for Phoebe and her work is the well deserved retirement of two amazing Men who have been staunch supporter of Phoebe. John Chaffe and Tony Rozee from the New Forest Community Church.

It was John and Tony who introduced me to Phoebe, who escorted me and cared for me on my visit to Kisumu and who have strengthened Bishop Phoebe’s

work both financially and spiritually. They have travelled with Phoebe to bring new ways of preaching to the Pastors of the Kisumu region and so much more.

This picture is typical of these two wonderful people, lots of smiles and cups of tea.

John has over many years taken responsibility for the organisation and administration of Connect International. When John was on his travel he would find worthy causes and connect them with fund raisers in the UK. Tony’s Foundation ” The Tony Rozee Foundation has raised money and helped so many groups and individuals, especially in Africa. I hope in his retirement Tony makes the time to write about his travels. I know there are many wonderful and funny stories to tell. Their final formal trip to Kenya will be some time in March so I will keep you informed.

John Chaffe of Connect International serving tea for h the Connect team

John Chaffe of Connect International serving tea for  the Connect team