Like most countries of the world, the COVID 19 pandemic is affecting Kenya, though it has not spread as widely there (yet?) as in the UK. People are advised not to travel, but children are still going to school. Maseno is far from the main cities, with a fairly static rural community, so it is less endangered by the virus. However, local health facilities are very basic, there is no NHS, and all hospital care is very expensive. (3 weeks in Intensive Care costs the patient’s family around £25,000 which is over 10 years’ income for most people). So we continue to be concerned for the health and well-being of the children and the staff at the Julius and Dora (J&D) Children’s Centre during the pandemic.
From Flossie Adoyo, Director and ‘Mum’ of the J&D Children’s Centre: The most exciting development here is that the new Boys’ House, a big thank to all of you Friends of J&D Children’s Centre who have been working so hard to help design and raise money for the J&D Boys House. The exciting news is that it is now half-built – the foundations, walls and roof are completed. Now the children are back at school – but they still talk about the exciting celebrations we had in the holidays and even at Christmas, so here are some photos of us all! Read more – Download full newsletterArchitect’s plan – Download architect’s plan