It's been 2 months of craziness but sadly our time at the Likoni Aids Orphanage is coming to an end. Kylie left mid-September and Shayla returned for a week before heading home to Canada and now the time has come for Lisa & me to move on as well.
I cannot properly express our gratitude to everyone who supported us in this adventure, but know that we think of you guys everyday and that you made an amazing difference in the lives of these children and without you none of this would have been possible. So thank you a million times over for trusting and believing in us! I sincerely hope we were able to achieve something you can be proud to have participated in.
The children have created little surprises for each of you, so if you could take the time to email me your postal address it would be most appreciated (firstname.lastname@example.org). :)
Our Dental Camp finally happened! After a few false starts we were able to get the Dentist in to both educate the children on oral hygiene & to perform a check-up on each of the children. He has also signed a contract to continue performing the check-ups for the next 5 years which is great! Unfortunately the children's teeth were not in as good of condition as their general health and a large part of our budget had to be allocated to dental work, hopefully this will change over the next few years as they continue to receive education with regards to proper oral care. If anyone is interested in helping out in the future with assisting to cover either dental or health fees that come up as a result of the medical/dental camps (treatments etc.) email me at the address above and we can discuss the details.
We have FINALLY finished the painting which has been such a massive job that it literally lasted us almost the entire 2 months, from scraping the walls, to cleaning & plastering them, to finally applying the paint. Thankfully for the last 10 days we were joined by another volunteer, Spencer, from the US, who helped us enormously in completing the painting (especially when it came to reaching high up bits that neither Lisa or I can reach without a balancing act of sorts), so it's done, it looks amazing and the kids & orphanage workers love it! I need to take a picture of the final outcome today so you can see how much better it all looks. One of the kids proudly told me the other day that 'it looks like a new house.'
Spencer came to us from Nairobi where he had been volunteering as a teacher for 2 weeks at the Saint Frank Primary School. Unfortunately while he was with us he received news that the owner of the building that houses the school was moving and had given the school a week notice to either pay for the building or it would be demolished. Joseph, the director of the school attempted to raise the 50,000KSH (approx. $588USD) down payment that was required on his own but had come up short and needed an additional 38,0000KSH (approx. $446USD) to keep the school from being demolished within days and so we made a decision to step in with your donations and protect the school. We hope we didn't overstep in assuming that our donors would be happy to support this worthwhile cause. Both Spencer and Joseph would like to pass on their gratitude for your hand in safeguarding the future of their school.
Some small expenses have come up in the last little bit that we were happy to cover; one was a teenage girl, Jennifer, who needed glasses & the other one was a teenage boy, Gama, who was sent home for school because he didn't have school shoes (they must have the proper uniform or they are not allowed to attend class - which is ridiculous & frustrating but unfortunately that's just the way it is here) so we were thankfully able to buy him shoes & send him back to school the following day.
If anyone would like a full list of how the money has been spent please feel free to send me an email and I would be happy to answer any of your questions! :)
Thank you again for your support throughout the past 2 months, we are proud to have such amazing family and friends.
Love and hugs,
Lisa & Katrina xxxxxxxxxx