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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.

 

 

We wish YOU a Peaceful and Happy Christmas

We will look back to 2016 with much affection. Our trip in August inspired us to register this charity and with our little team of Trustees and Volunteers we have identified projects and we have worked hard to bring them to fruition.

The last few months has been all about the chickens and I am hoping we will have sent the money for 350 by the end of this year. I could write reams about this charity but I know you all have lots to do, so I will make these few points.

  1.  We could not have done it without YOU
  2. Thanks and my love to all who have helped us this year
  3. Your money and donations get to where they were intended this I can guarantee
  4. Phoebe Onyango is an extraordinary women and it is a privilege to work with her
  5. You change the lives of children with little hope
  6. Together we can do even more next year.

God Bless and Happy Christmas to you all

Learning how to inoculate the chickens
Learning how to inoculate the chickens

 

Older Orphans paying their way through school with a rabbit project
Older Orphans paying their way through school with a rabbit project

 

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 are so proud of our new school equipment. Thank you  Roborough Rotary Club
We are so proud of our new school equipment. Thank you Roborough Rotary Club

 

Mama  Phoebeshowing me the orphanage in 2012
Mama Phoebeshowing me the orphanage in 2012

WE have bought 300 chickens and there’s more …….

Congratulations to all you sellers and buyers of the cards for “a Chicken for a Child campaign. We have sold 300 chickens and the number is still rising.

These chickens are laying hens who will provide eggs to sell. The money will keep the many orphaned children of Bondo in their villages with their extended families and friends.

This is such an a fantastic result thanks to the generosity of all you Phoebe’s Family supporter. Now for some more credits.

Locks Heath Rotary  20 chickens

Hampshire Writers Society 24 chickens

Whiteley Primary School 21 chickens

Many thanks to Michelle, Becky, Sam, Sally and Elaine and everyone else who sold cards for us. You can still buy them contact us through this site or email  info@phoebesfamily.com

The cards are just £5 and they make a great gift in the real spirit of Christmas. Just a reminder of what they look like!

Meet Cluck she lays lots of eggs and is a happy Hen

Meet Cluck she lays lots of eggs and is a happy Hen

Penny Timmis Christmas chicken

Penny Timmis Christmas chicken

 

 

 

When Sally met Samantha they sold 123 chickens

Well this is just fantastic news to be able to tell you all, that the chicken sellers of The New Forest Community Church sold an amazing 123 chicken cards at £5 each and I am just about to transfer that and other donations to Mama Phoebe.

The cards are tokens are a perfect gift to give in the real spirit of Christmas. When you buy a card you pay for a laying hen to be purchased in Bondo, Kisumu Kenya and the eggs are sold to help keep the orphaned children in their villages with extended family and friends. There are hundreds of children in this area left by the loss of a generation and these children are the future of Kenya. To be able to feed house and educate them will bring hope to them, their communities and their country.

Thank you to all the kind people who bought the chickens, please tell your friends about them and if you need more see Sally and Samantha or contact me at  info@phoebesfamily.com

 

 

Penny Timmis Christmas chicken

Penny Timmis Christmas chicken

Meet Cluck she lays lots of eggs and is a happy Hen

Meet Cluck she lays lots of eggs and is a happy Hen

Australian Generosity – 3 Chickens sold whilst having a chat

I am in Australia visiting my daughter and her family and just chatting to some Mums at cricket practice led to the lovely Meg buying 3 chickens for our project, “Chicken for a Child”. Thank you so much for your kindness.

The campaign is going well and more thanks go to the good people in the UK who are busy selling our beautiful cards whilst I am out of the country. Sally, Sam Freya and Elaine a Big Thanks to you all.

WE need a huge amount of chickens so if you would like to buy these beautiful cards please contact me at   info@phoebesfamily.com I will arrange to have the cards sent or delivered. They make such a good present with the true meaning of Christmas embedded in our campaign,  its also the ideal gift for the person who has everything.

The cost is £5 per chicken this buys a laying pullet, her inoculation and some food. The eggs will feed house and educate the orphaned children in Kisumu, Siaya and Bondo counties. Please share this information and help us sell our cards. Thanks to all who support us love from down under. X

Penny Timmis Christmas chicken

Penny Timmis Christmas chicken

80 new chickens for Kisumu

Yes your generosity and the hard work of many friends means we have already bought 80 chickens for the new chicken farm.  This is marvellous, if we keep up this good work we will soon have them full. If you would like our beautiful tokens to buy a chicken for the orphaned children of Bondo, Kisumu then contact me at info@phoebesfamily.com

Once again a huge thank you to the fabulous Penny Timmis who actually painted our Christmas Chicken please look at penny’s website at www.penelopetimmis.co.uk .

Penny has also donated this wonderful oil painting for sale so if you are interested the painting is about 85cm X 75cm. It is just stunning.

The women of Bondo, Kisumu who look after the chicken houses are busy learning how to inoculate the chickens, every care is taken and all the workers are learning more and more about animal husbandry.

Learning how to inoculate the chickens

Learning how to inoculate the chickens

Penny Timmis Christmas chicken

Penny Timmis Christmas chicken

Chicken for a Child is Launched

After our visit in August of this year we identified many projects to support and one that we felt we could really make a huge contribution to is the Chicken Farm at Bondo.

This is one of the Great Lakes Foundation Projects, aimed at helping the hundreds of orphaned children in the area stay in their villages with friends and extended family.

There is so little money and food Phoebe Onyango has mobilised 90 groups of 15 women to initiated projects to support these children whilst they bring dignity to themselves through hard work and successful trading.

Nine wonderful buildings have been donated by, “Just One Africa”, and American charity who have given the gift of clean water to hundreds of rural families. They do so much good work in Kenya.

Our job here at PHOEBE’S FAMILY G.B. is to fill these chicken houses with laying pullets to provide the funds to feed & educate  the orphaned children in and around Bondo.

Penny Timmis Christmas chicken

Look have this egg for the children

So we have produced, with the help of friends lovely cards that you can give as Christmas gifts. You pay £5 for each card and that buys a chicken and pays for the inoculation and food.

This card has been especially painted for our campaign by the wonderful artist Penny Timmis  www.penelopetimmis.co.uk

Thank you so much Penny we really appreciate your kindness and amazing talent. We will feature 3 of Penny’s works throughout this campaign so why not collect them all?

We have also chosen a child friendly hen picture to feature on our cards, we hope you like her.

The very first card went to Evie, a little girl who was helping with another project. Evie worked hard and  so her card was her reward for being so kind. Evie wants her Kenyan chicken to be called “Cluck”, so Cluck it is Evie, and thank you.

 

 

 

Meet Cluck she lays lots of eggs and is a happy Hen

Meet Cluck she lays lots of eggs and is a happy Hen

 

The women and older children who look after these chickens are given training and will receive a certificate in animal husbandry. They learn how to care for the chickens collect and deliver the eggs and set up supply contracts for the eggs with local businesses.In time it would be marvellous to have our own incubation unit. These cards will help a child who has been traumatised by loss stay in familiar surrounding and be educated so they can get work and live independently.

If you would like to buy some of these beautiful cards please email me on  info@phoebesfamily.com and I can facilitate the purchase of cards.

Watch this space for more pictures of the project and we will do a count down for you together we can do this and make a difference.

Women of The Great Lake Foundation

During our trip Louise and I visited 12 projects organised by the Great lake Foundation. So What is this???

Phoebe has mobilised 90 groups of approximately 15 women to form sustainable enterprises, in the rural areas of Kisumu and Siaya Counties.

This area has been devastated by illness and disease leaving quite literally thousands of orphans of all ages. The people in the villages are in the main willing to care for the children but need the funds to do so . The projects The Great Lakes women are setting up will improve the lives of the most vulnerable and build strong responsible communities.

The Great Lake has an Executives Team, they watch over geographical areas. These are sub-divided and they have local leaders or Advocates.

Here is just one of the projects. Peanut Farming. Peanuts processed into peanut butter. To improve their out put the ladies need a mechanical roaster a cover against the rain. We watch these ladies process their peanuts, hygiene standards were high and the only additive was a little salt to taste. A great project. If you would like to donate contact me through this website please. The Great Lake Women are doing great things.

Jars of Peanut Butter

Jars of Peanut Butter

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

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