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Our 2013 Visit


Sharon and her daughters Natasha and Alexandria again visited Tiwi and Ukunda villages to check on the sponsored children as well as the villagers. They again took over basic medical supplies, clothes, shoes and pencil cases.


        

We again gave out food to the families in the villages.

      

Glasses galore

Whilst in England we had collected all the old reading glasses that were brought into Specsavers in our home town, which totalled 550 pairs.

                         
                           Villager with new glasses

Whilst there we sort out those who looked like they had eye problems, as well as asking the teachers if any of the children were having problems. We arranged for all those to be tested and handed out the glasses. We advised them to only wear the glasses when they were reading otherwise their eyes would get worse.

Illnesses

     

    Feet infected with Jiggers                          Their socks and shoes

The most comm
on illnesses were still Jiggers, Ear infections and Ring Worm. We took the children who were suffering to the Doctors for diagnosis and then to the pharmacy to pay for any necessary medication. 

Many had been suffering for months as their parents could not afford any medical treatment. The simple illnesses were becoming chronic and could cause permanent damage if left untreated. Our help eased the children's pain and in many cases stopped any permanent damage.

Lunch for 1300

We visited a local government school that had 1300 pupils aged between 3 to 16. The teachers were all parents and of the children and did not receive any pay. Each class had about 60 pupils in and not enough desks, many of the children were sitting on the floor. 

The School Master showed us to the kitchen, which was a wooden hut about 6m x 6m with a hole for boiling kettle and a hole for the porridge pot.

            
                                      The School's kitchen

            

                               The hole for the porridge pot

The School could only afford to feed porridge to around 50 children a day. The children who did get fed were the one's that the teachers pointed out were falling asleep, due to lack of energy as they were starving. 

Mothers would sit at the entrance to the School selling small bags of vegetables for 5 shillings (which is about 4p). They were squishy and smelly but that was what the children who could afford it would buy for their lunch.

          
          

We went back to the school the next day with guests from the hotel who had volunteered to help and bought lunch for all 1300 children that day.

The volunteers included a family from Poland who bought Bananas, Lollies and sweets etc., for the School. They were also brilliant helpers. Thank you especially Sue.

Graduation Day

Whilst their the school had a graduation day. For their graduation we gave them a prize and either a pencil or balloon.

       

The two girls (above) in the middle with coloured beads in their hair are children we sponsor.

       

Some of the gifts people gave us on the day for prizes.

         

            

Yusif and Hamna's Story

                    

Yusif and Hamna had been left by their parents and been found by our contact in Kenya sleeping on a hut porch in the local village.

Yusif had so many infections that he couldn't be touched, we paid for his treatment and it has given him the chance to live like a normal child.  T
hey came out to work in the villages with us and fell asleep in our arms after dinner most evenings. Everyone came to know them and took them to their hearts. By the end of the week they had bags of belongings when they had arrived with very little.

Whilst their we arranged to have a hut repaired so that they will have a room when then they are not at the school, during the holidays and will never be homeless again.

          
                  Arranging repairs to their new home

It cost around £300 for labour and materials and is in the village where all of the people know them. 

             
                         The roof before the repair

We now pay a Mama to wash their clothes and feed them when they are on holiday from the school.

Abdul’s Story

 

Abdul had severe Jiggers when we arrived and was in so much pain when we first met him he could not walk, as the Jiggers were crippling him. He could not wear shoes, even if he owned a pair. His clothes were also falling apart.

                              

                                        This is Abdul a week later

Thanks to treatment his Jiggers have gone, and he has a supply of socks and shoes, so he should not get it again.

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