# A very busy and rewarding January and February

Everyone was exhausted shopping for a long list of school needs, not least the teenagers themselves but yes a time of rejoicing

three Girls at Kisimi Girls

Eight teenagers graduated from Primary to Secondary including one to Polytechnic.
Most of you know what it is like to take one child from primary to secondary.

Multiply that by 8 and then add 15 others already there and needing to get odds and sods for second third or fourth year.
Everyone was exhausted shopping for a long list of school needs, not least the teenagers themselves but yes a time of rejoicing with them all at their success in Government exams. Of course a time also of digging deeply into our pockets to equip most of them for boarding – mattresses, sheets, boxes, books, uniforms, sportswear etc;etc.
This year we have 23 at Secondary, 3 being helped at tertiary and a few of our former children being helped in one way or another to get on course after school. We remain the parents and as those of you who have mature children know it doesn’t stop when they finish school.
How encouraging it has been for Pamela to fulfil that missing role of mother for most of these older children. One 19 year old boy who had just finished secondary ran to meet her and threw his arms around her ‘Mum’. It brought tears to the eyes.
Some hoping to get into teacher training ( Let them help at our school till they get a place) Others who failed to complete needing help to get back on track. (Give them a small job here and there to give them a lift.) Others just wanting to say thankyou for the start they received now in the police, the army, teaching and working in trades.
We are all blessed by what is now a reality. Children who were handed a difficult start in life thanking God that they are now established into adulthood. The beginning of 2023 has been a time to rejoice and give thanks for what God has done through Kindfund of which all who support are a part
Of course we have young people who have got themselves into a mess as they do but we are there for them also when they come to their senses like the prodigal; but that is for another day. Let us thank God and be glad that the fruit has been good this year.

It has also been a very difficult time with 5 years of drought – well less than normal rainfall and that accumulation has taken a toll on the children. Where we can we are sensitive to the broader needs of children within our communities and additional resources have been put into feeding additional children and helping older adults with food on a daily basis.
Thank God rains have come to some of the areas in these last few days but even if they are sustained it will be a number of months if not years for the communities to recover

added on Mar 20

That teenagers will be strong in the Lord in their new environments

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.

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