Archive for August, 2014

Back to School…

Friday, August 29th, 2014
18-Aug-2014 11:26, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 8.0, 12.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200

It’s back to school time again for our third and final term of this academic year, so what have we been up to for the last three weeks that school has been closed?

Well, there’s been a holiday club, special needs day, a wedding, home visits, a women’s conference, maintenance work and a visit to the hills. How do you do all that? I hear you ask – with a lot of help!

Holiday Club was run by Compassion International; it was great to see children from a little further afield being able to benefit from our amazing facilities. When we asked why they wanted to come to Tumaini, they said, “so our kids can play on the playground” – thanks Emmanuel Foundation.

18-Aug-2014 14:54, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200

Wedding – check out our facebook page for photos of Dennis and Molly. It was great to see one of our home grown young men live out his faith, wait and commit to a life long marriage – we’re proud of you Dennis. Molly thank you for giving your life and your love to missions.

I was honoured to be able to visit Jimmy in his new one roomed house that people in the church have helped him to rent as he makes a commitment to walk in faith and put his past behind him. Jimmy reminds me of why we’re here!

What a week this week!  Twenty five ladies gathered together to receive teaching from three amazing ladies from Taita Hills. The days started with “Sweating in the Spirit” great music and stretching – I’m not sure if some ladies were trying to avoid the first session or were just on “African Time”. After sweating in the spirit the teaching started and wow! When these ladies start, they give it some welly. My office is 3 classrooms away and it’s like I was part of the class. What a great week of praise and teaching, thank you Agnellah, Fenny and Mercy.

18-Aug-2014 11:24, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.009 sec, ISO 200

Thanks to help from Footsteps International we have been able to do loads of much needed work around the school. We’ve had a new water tower built and walls plastered and painted. Thanks to many people around Sleaford and a church in Ilkley, we have been able to decorate and furnish the Special Needs Resource room, move our Primary Teachers around, renovate their staff room and build an amazing new table – the kids loved helping with that too.

We also managed to squeeze in a trip to Taita Hills and buy a new cow, Daisie Lee. More to follow on her next week…

Thank you for your help and prayers.

Xx Glyn & Jane

28-Aug-2014 08:19, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.018 sec, ISO 400

28-Aug-2014 08:19, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 400

28-Aug-2014 09:28, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.018 sec, ISO 800

19-Aug-2014 14:43, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200

14-Aug-2014 09:37, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 100

18-Aug-2014 14:52, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800

18-Aug-2014 11:25, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200

A Special Afternoon…

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

20-Aug-2014 14:01, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, 5.6, 31.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 1600

Wednesday 20th August, the day arrived after much planning.  Invitations had gone out to many parents in and around the village and Likoni inviting parents with children who had special needs to come to Tumaini for an afternoon of fun and information. We had no idea how many parents would come and as we prepared the room, parents gathered at the gates.  There were so many mamas and children we had to let them all in early, two mamas were waiting from 9am for the 1pm start. A total of 30 children attended the afternoon.

Molly had invited Dr. Ang’ullo to speak, he is a local missionary doctor who lives in the area and has recently got involved in work within Tumaini. I was also invited to share with the parents some of my experiences of adopting and bringing up four children who all have Downs Syndrome.

The afternoon began with a play session for children and a ‘get to know each other’ time for the mamas.  We set out some sensory toys, a table with a shaving foam activity and some sticks for mark making and exploring. There was an opportunity for mamas to try their children in special chairs that are available if they apply to Association of Physically Disabled in Kenya (APDK), unfortunately like everything the waiting list is long. There was also opportunity to watch and try the exercise balls which Molly uses in her one to one sessions with children, she also reminded the mamas that a blender, bought from fund raising in the UK, is available in school for them to use to blend fruit or vegetables to feed to their children.

20-Aug-2014 14:25, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, 5.0, 38.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 1600

After the play session I told my story of how and why I had adopted my children and some of the hardships and barriers we faced as parents.  I hope the mamas were encouraged to know that they are not alone, that prejudice and stigma happens everywhere in the world but that their special children have a right and a need to explore the world around them and build relationships with other children and adults. I felt very privileged to share how we coped through the good and the tough times.

Dr. Ang’ullo then spoke to the mamas, he asked them where they felt they needed help and where their expectations were, they gave him a list including Stigma, Feeding Options and Accessing Hospitals, Education and Support. One parent had stated that no one had ever taught them how to look after their special child, but my hope is that they will support and learn from each other as I know some do already. Dr. Ang’ullo was very patient and listened and talked for nearly an hour, after which there was a question time, many many questions for the Dr. for myself and Molly. Molly told the mamas the times she is available for one to one sessions to show them how to do gentle exercise with their child, some massage, therapeutic  play or just for help and support.  Dr. Ang’ullo then went around talking and advising individual mamas and children.

Time for a break, tea and biscuits and homemade banana smoothies for the children.

20-Aug-2014 13:15, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, 5.6, 55.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 1600

What really touched my heart was the cost of nappies here.  Children are not allowed to wear terry nappies in their schools, they have to use disposable ones and the cost for children of 6 to 10 years is huge, 800 Kenyan Shillings (£5.50) for 10 nappies, and for adult size 1,200 shillings (£8). That cost out of the average Kenyan wage is horrendous. In contrast, it breaks my heart that we are able to access so much in the UK for our special children. The mamas here have to pay for all their children’s education, medical needs, doctor’s consultations, x rays, prescriptions, dental,  nappies, everything. Most are unemployed single parents, there are no benefits for families, no work and no money.

Despite the struggles these mamas have at home, seeing each other together, rather than as individuals began to develop a growing strength among them, not only through friendships building but having the confidence to stand up and speak on behalf of each other.

Wednesday 20th marked a new beginning, a new team of mamas that are being united as one. I am excited to see where this will lead.

Julie Fyfe

20-Aug-2014 14:08, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, 8.0, 55.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 1600

20-Aug-2014 14:09, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, 5.6, 55.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 1600

20-Aug-2014 14:17, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, 5.6, 55.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 1600

Hands or Feet?

Monday, August 4th, 2014
04-Aug-2014 09:11, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 4.7, 15.2mm, 0.007 sec, ISO 400

Hands or Feet? Yes I suppose new shoes are supposed to be worn on your feet but our children were so happy to receive a brand new pair of shoes they just wanted to wave them in the air!

They excitedly opened the boxes to find a shinny new pair of black leather shoes, what an amazing day.

Thank you to our generous benefactor we were able to buy another 24 pairs of shoes to add to the 22 children that received shoes last term.

Also a huge thanks to Nelly, Brenda, Hassan and Kennedy for all the measuring, shopping and carrying – you’re great!

Asante Sana Xx Glyn & Jane

04-Aug-2014 09:13, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 400
04-Aug-2014 09:12, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 400
04-Aug-2014 09:11, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200