Archive for March, 2011

Machines – Antique & New!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

14-Mar-2011 15:20, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400

Look what we found in Timbwani, a Volvo Tractor! It may not be able to move very far but the engine still works, so last week our Agriculture students managed to see the reality of what they had been taught in class by Albertina and Jim (seconded from the Landrover!) Thanks Mtavi for finding such a gem.

That’s the antique so what about the new? Many of you know Mwinyi, well for a couple of weeks now he’s been unable to get to school as his trike, which he’d just about grown out of, was now completely broken, beyond repair. Thanks to Footsteps International we were able to buy him a new machine. There was A LOT of excitement in the school, I think the rest of the children were as happy as Mwinyi. It’s amazing how £110 can change someone’s life!

Good news about the half way house – today the electricity was connected so we can now pump water to test the toilets & showers, we will keep you in suspense for photos of our progress until next week!

Thanks Xx Glyn & Janey

14-Mar-2011 15:33, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 400

24-Mar-2011 10:58, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400

Good News!

Friday, March 18th, 2011

18-Mar-2011 11:47, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 100

It’s been a couple of weeks now since I’ve managed to get an update to you, but it’s worth waiting for! We have just had our school results for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams that we sat last November and our overall marks improved dramatically on last year; so much that we finished 3rd in our district. Well done to students and staff, your hard work really paid off.

We have managed to restart the Half Way House Project – thanks to Calvary Community Church in Canada and St Luke’s Church in Nottingham. The team from Canada not only helped us to restart with an injection of cash but they also threw themselves wholeheartedly into the project, there was a bit of competition as to who could mix the most cement and plaster walls the fastest. It was a close run contest between the Canadians and the Kenyans! I think the final score was a draw, so it looks like there will have to be a re-match, sorry guys you will have to come back!

Most of the rooms are now plastered and painted. This week we started on the outer finish called “Rough Cast” a mix of sand, cement and paint, which is applied with a great hand held machine that chucks it at the wall!

Thanks for checking in on us, have a great weekend. Xx Glyn & Jane

18-Mar-2011 11:47, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200

11-Mar-2011 11:15, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200