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# Chairman Kindfund visits projects June 22

It placed in live context some of the plans

Kid on Rock

It was a good experience to be joined by Jonathan for a visit to Kindfund children and staff mid – May to June 22.
We packed a comprehensive tour of the projects into just less than 4 weeks during which we enjoyed activities with the children and time to review each project with the staff. It was an uplifting and profitable time. It placed in live context some of the plans we have been considering and the issues and challenges that face us.

We were privileged to be able to share God’s word with the children at our three homes and hear them share bible verses. The younger children at Ngaremara enjoyed some boisterous indoor games with us and at Wamba we were challenged by a demanding walk to climb a large rock and still face a return walk to the home. Stretched me to the limit. It was a very good opportunity to come alongside some of the children as we walked and chatted together. An opportunity to show care and love and build a relationship of trust.

At Dabel, close to the Ethiopian border, we had the opportunity to see the new feeding project, started in November 21, in action for the first time and to discuss some further developments and expansion with the team there. A further 15 are to be added to the 35 children on the programme and we agreed to support the 10 poorest orphans with school fees to help stabilise the school and its ability to employ teachers. On the capital front we agreed to consider a budget to build a kitchen shelter to protect the cooking from the elements of wind and dust and of course rain in season and to finish three classrooms lacking in dividing walls and with a roof and windows needing completion. Two children with specific health issues will be included in our NHIF (Hospital Fund) contributions.

When we travelled to Dabel (500kms from Ngaremara) we took a manager from each project to team build and we had a time together in Moyale when we were encouraged to renew our vision for each project. We had an initial introduction to the ‘National Care Reform Strategy for Children in Kenya’ which has far reaching proposals into the future of Children’s Homes. A subject we will return to.

Water remains a key concern at all our locations and after Jonathan returned home I was focussed on solutions at Ngaremara and Wamba in particular. Some progress for the short term was made at Ngaremara by arranging for the bore hole with hand pump to be lowered by another 3 feet to cope with a lowering water table.
Plans for the longer term include a deep borehole and along with a local contractor I arranged for a proposal which will require 3.1m ksh (approx £22,000) to deliver the survey, permissions, drilling, storage and solar power. We are currently looking at these requirements to put in place the finance.

At Wamba we agreed to replace one of our original storage tanks which had been damaged. A total cost of c.80,000 ksh (approx £575)

We were reminded of how much has changed since we first started at Ngaremara in 2004 when, before Jonathan left for UK, we had the opportunity to visit the first District Officer of Ngaremara. A much increased population, a growing urban sprawl along each side of the main road (now a tarmac highway bringing development) North to Ethiopia

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# New Bank of Ireland a/c now 39354359

Our UK Bank has issued us with a new Bank account number 39354359 which requires all our UK supporters to change their Standing Orders. The Bank has apologised but regardless this has come as a shock to us and has put the humanitarian work we do in Kenya at risk.

We therefore ask those who support us in the UK to please change the details of the Kindfund account held by their bank for sending Standing Orders. You are the life blood for our children in Kenya
An updated GBP Standing Order Form can be downloaded at Child Sponsorship on this site or by pasting the following to your web browser http://www.kindfund.com/file_download/64/Kindfund+Standing+Order+Form+GBP.pages151221.pdf
We have already communicated by email where possible with our supporters and hard copies will issue to those not on email over the next few days.
There are no other changes the sort code remains the same 90-48-86

Please don’t hesitate to call one of our trustees if you have any concerns

We thank you for helping us to recover from this shock

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Please Pray

Wisdom for trustees and management in a changing environment

Safe and peaceful Christmas

Pray for safety for Lea as she travels

Pray for Gillian that she will have the mind of Christ

For the family of 57 children and staff at Ngaremara

Compassion and wisdom for management and staff as they prepare for new children

Give thanks for the harvest and pray for more workers

Pray for availability of vaccinations for staff

We thank God for his protection

That they will know the source of true happiness and fulfilment

Pray for smooth and peaceful transition for the babies to Kindfund

Pray that other children will mature into their faith

Give thanks for team spirit and staff loyalty and for children's co-operation

Give thanks for a productive and team building few months

Give thanks for the God incidents on Gillian's way home

Pray for God's protection for the homes, children and staff

[ Contact Daphne Lucas if you would like to know more about supporting us through prayer ]

'And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests'
Eph 6:18

Kindfund was established as a charity in 2004 to further the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help relieve poverty amongst some of the poorest tribes in northern Kenya, working with the pastoralist Turkana, Samburu and Rendille.

We currently use 5 tonnes of food and supplies per month, providing for 125 children in 4 homes and 250 children in nursery and primary education.

We have dug 7 wells and fitted 7 handpumps, bringing safe water to remote villages.

100% of gifts go to Kenya.

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