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
Written by Flossie (Floice) Adoyo, co-ordinator and ‘Mum’ of the Children’s Centre I said in my last newsletter that we were planning to move the children from a private school to the local Government-run school, Ebulako Primary School. The private school had problems such as high school fees, levies and biases / prejudice against the children. Also the school increased their fees for this year, which proved to be too much for us. Public primary schools in Kenya are by law supposed to be free (Universal Free Primary Education) but in reality, there are many levies parents have to pay. These include, activity levy, exam fees-both mid-term and end term, desk levy, teacher/parents’ association levy, registration into GoK Information Management System fees, interview fees for new students, and a host of other levies. Other costs include buying books, school bags and uniforms. Anyway, whatever the case, the payments are much lower than what we were paying at the private school before. Read more – Download full newsletter
News from Flossie Adoyo at J&D: Our ‘Julius and Dora’ children are increasing in stature and knowledge by the day thanks to all of you friends of the children. We continually thank God for you for caring, for your love for us and for your support. We are all very happy in our J&D home. We have planted many crops in the garden and they are growing well with the recent rains. Read more – Download full newsletter
A message from the children: We once again bring our greetings to you and thank you for your continued support. We had many visitors all in one day which was very exciting for us children. We are very grateful for the books and clothes you sent for us. May God Bless you very much. We also want to say a big thank you to all of you for all your care and support and all the energy and time you put in to make sure that we are well looked after. Download full newsletter
Newsletter 5, March 2014 We moved from the rented house in Kakamega to our new home in Maseno on 7th January 2014. This was very exciting for us because we had been looking forward to moving to the new premises for a long, long time. Our new house is very nice and we want to thank God for everybody who has contributed to its construction. Even though the house is not yet completely done, it is habitable and there are just a few things remaining to be done and then it will be completed. When we moved, Rev. Asilutwa (the Vicar from Kakagmega) came with us so that he could pray for us as we moved into the house. He also played with us. Below are some pictures of us at Maseno. Click below to download full newsletter 2014 April, J&D Children’s Centre Newsletter 5
Flossie Adoyo describes one of her frequent visits to the children at the “Julius and Dora Children’s Home”. ‘Mummy, mummy, mummy you have come!!’ As I arrive at the children’s home, they all rush out shouting and talking at the top of their voices; each wanting to be heard and listened to. Click below to download full newsletter 2013 March, A day with the J and D children
The children are looking forward excitedly to Christmas. They will be spending Christmas day and having a special party at Flossie’s house (Flossie Adoyo is the overseer and manager of the J&D Childrens’ Centre, and has a house in Kakamega, just a mile or so from the rented house where the Childrens’ Centre is currently located). Click below to download full newsletter J&D Childrens’ Centre newsletter, Dec 2012