Archives for November 2018

LEARNING CHANGES LIVES- our new campaign

Senior Pupils start a new term

The children hold up their bags and boxes

At Phoebe’s Family we believe all children have the right to an education, especially if it breaks the cycle of poverty. We support Bishop Phoebe Onyango with her mission to offer education to as many children as possible in the Kisumu and Bondo areas of Kenya.

Everything is becoming more bureaucratic and expensive and we need an injection of money to up-date our senior school, buy equipment for the nursery and  junior schools and finish the Technical Academy. So today we are launching our new campaign


Salem senior school is one of the few senior schools that offers the orphans and slum young people a chance of further education. It is a substantial building but  is in desperate need of repairs and decoration. The school also requires a small laboratory and library to meet the educational boards requirements. If we cannot make these repairs and alterations we will not be able to run the school in future years. We have the opportunity to make this school one of the best in Kisumu , but right now we need some help. We have recently renewed the kitchen and built new toilets so we have made a great start will YOU help us finish this ?

A bigger and better kitchen with a solar panel

WE have new toilets







Our Technical Academy offers some of the most disadvantaged people a chance to learn a skill that will eventually earn them a living. Currently we offer sewing and tailoring but we will offer carpentry in the New Year, We are renovating an old building, in a safe compound. Salem Ministries Trust own this building so there will be no annual rent, saving £2000 a year. We need funds to finish and equip this building. YOU could help by spreading the word to friends and family.

Making a skirt is easy when you have been trained

Learning about the machine is the first step








The third part of this campaign is learning materials for the nursery and junior schools. We need such basic things to help these children learn to love learning. Every penny you donate will go directly to our projects. The whole team in the UK are voluntary and do not claim expenses, our team members are truly dedicated to this cause.

Equipment is needed these bags and books were sent 5 years ago through Rotary Club and we need to replenish them

A chance for us to learn










We have set up a Virgin Money Giving page please could you donate something and help us save these amazing projects.  YOU could share with your family and friends . Every child has the right to an education and we can  make this happen for these children.





Phoebe’s Family + Great Lake Foundation = Dignity and Good Health for Kenyan Girls and Women

Phoebe and Sandra meet the first Lady (centre) and her Team

In 2016 Louise Berrington, my friend & travelling companion and I left Kenya on a mission to start a sewing academy and to provide sanitary wear for as many girls and women as possible. When we visited in February of this year we stood in the sewing school and met our first students and now we are making and distributing sanitary kits to as many women and girls as possible.

This is a dream come true and the implications run wide and deep. Less girls will drop out of school, more women can be employed as they will not have to stay at home for one week out of every month. The kits will mean the recipients will not endanger their health by using contaminated matter like old leaves and newspapers. These girls and women will feel more valued and above all we have dignified menstruation, it is just part of the wonderful things women’s bodies do.

We could not have achieved this without the support of the first Lady of Siaya county, or all of the donators in the UK. Rotary clubs in District 1110 have made an enormous difference to this campaign and they continue to support the work we do in Kenya.

I also have to mention the Ichthus Charity Shop in Totton,  we could not have done this without you. Hand in Hand with Ichthus is the New Forest Community Church who have been and still are stalwart supporters. There are many more individuals who have supported this campaign  and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. These kits are life changing and YOU have been a part of this.

Receiving the first material from the local Government

The very first pouches containing the sanitary towels

These Kits are being made and distributed by the Great Lake team in Bondo. Our thanks to all involved especially the First Lady of Siaya County

Thanks to Lynn’s girls for making the UK version of the kit