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
We were greeted so warmly by everyone
Older Orphans paying their way through school with a rabbit project
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 new school building
Louise and Sandra with Muzvare Betty Mackoni at the Women’s Empowerment Seminar in Crete
Yes we are nearly there. One more day and Louise and I fly to Kisumu to be with Phoebe and the children, This will be such a special trip for us as we announce the launch of Phoebe’s Family G.B. a charity here in Britain dedicated to supporting Phoebe and the people she is helping.
We will be catching up with our old friends in the schools and orphanage as well as meeting the wonderful women of the Great Lake Foundation. I will be meeting Tunu Phoebes new granddaughter, cant wait for a cuddle. I will come back with lots of news and photos about this amazing project and the wonderful people involved
Tunu and Friends
Phoebes family always smiling
Listening intently really helps you learn
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
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
Dear Supporters I mentioned sometime ago that Connect International the charity run by John Chaffe and Tony Roze was closing due to retirement. Since we have been raising money for Phoebe the Connect International Team, kindly paid and transferred all the money we raised to Phoebe, allowed us to use their Stewardship page ( much like Just giving),they have been a tower of strength and generosity.
So what to do now ? That was the question and so we have taken the very positive step and we have started our own Charity Phoebe’s Family G.B. By the end of the week we will have our own bank account and then we will start the registration process. We are very proud to be doing this for Phoebe and her wonderful family. Our aim is to provide sponsorship for as many of the children as possible and raise money from events to help Phoebe secure the future of her work.
Please watch this space we will be launching this Charity and if you wanted to come to the launch or help with sponsorship then contact me through this website on the comments blocks. This is confidential and it does not appear on the website until I have read it so I can take off any personal details.
We will have an emails soon so that will be published on this sight. Thanks and lets remind ourselves of why we do this work.
One of the twins Hope who Phoebe rescued
Twin girls Faith & Charity need your help
Stella sent love and thanks to all who gave so she can live safely and with dignity
Two new homes for the Widows of Kisumu
The lovely Risely Family from Australia who sponsor 2 children
Thank you Sara you have made our first Donation to Grandma’s House Campaign