Newsletter - Maua Street and Destitute Children's Home

Spring 2011 newsletter

University for boy who spent early childhood sniffing glue on the streets

Ten years ago, Gerald Muriira was living on the streets, sniffing glue to numb his feelings of fear, hunger and rejection. But this January, he was admitted to study at Mt. Kenya University. Gerald, who has spent ten years living at New Life Nyambene’s Children’s Home, will study for a Bachelor of Education Degree (Science option). After this, Gerald hopes to make a difference to the lives of other children by working as a science teacher. This is a fantastic achievement for Gerald, and a glowing example of how the support of our UK donors enables us to transform the lives of children in Kenya.

The journey to independence

In January, several young people at the Children’s Home enrolled at vocational training college to study courses in tailoring, mechanics and other topics. Our goal is to equip them with the skills they need to find employment and become independent, self-supporting adults. High unemployment rates and tough competition for college places make this transition into adulthood a difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with the young people.

With your help, we can rescue more children from the streets

The enrolment at college and university of some of our young people opens up an exciting opportunity for New Life Nyambene to rescue more children from the trauma and poverty of life on the streets. But we can only do this if we find more sponsors. Can you help? Please contact us: info@newlifenyambene.org.

For more ways to help, see below

The young people at the Home in their school uniform

Tools for the Children’s Home – a future generation of mechanics, tailors and carpenters

We recently made a successful application to Workaid to supply our vocational training scheme. Workaid is a UK charity which refurbishes equipment and sends it to projects in East Africa that support disadvantaged people to acquire practical skills and become self supporting.

Our Kenyan team did an epic road trip of over 30 hours to collect the tools from Workaid’s contact in South West Kenya. Thanks to Workaid, we now have sewing machines, tools for leatherwork, carpentry, masonry and mechanics. Volunteers from the local church will be working with the young people at the Home to help them learn how to use these tools. Our long term goal is to raise around £18,000 to build a vocational training workshop next to the Children’s Home. If you can help, please contact us.

The UK Committee have held two meetings chaired by Malcolm Duncan, Senior Pastor at Goldhill Church, author of ‘'Building a Better World: Faith at Work for Change in Society' and former leader of Faithworks - a social action movement in the UK. The aim of these meetings was to discuss how we can develop a sound infrastructure plan for the charity and an effective and sustainable way forward. At the meeting we identified the over-arching vision and mission of New Life Nyambene as follows:

A fond farewell to our secretary in Kenya

Rose Kinya is going to college in Nairobi to do a Diploma course in Hotel Management. The charity would like to take this opportunity to thank Rose for her tireless hard work for the children in Kenya, and to wish her all the best for the future.

Rose - Secretary at the Home

Update from Kenya – hunger, drought, politics, and education

You can read more about the educational progress of the children and young people we support in our most recent newsletter from Kenya. Written by Pastor Ambrose, Manager at the Children’s Home, the newsletter will also update you on the current political and social issues affecting the community. Read the update from Kenya here.

And finally, member of public raises over £1,000 in martial arts fight

A huge thank you to Richard Jones, who recently raised over £1,000 for the charity by taking part in a martial arts competition. “Children have to fight for their life every day on the streets in Africa, and that’s why I’ve decided to fight for my life”, said Richard, who has been training for months to reach the level of fitness required by the competition.

How you can help

Buy our charity gift cards, or help us fundraise by selling some to your friends:

Following a successful Christmas season selling our charity gift cards in Chesham, Canterbury, London and Scotland, we made over £400. This money has helped to pay for new school uniforms for the children in Kenya. However, we still have stock left. These cards are not just for Christmas: their designs are suitable for almost any occasion. Look and see! More info at http://newlifenyambene.org/gift_cards.html.

Volunteer with us

Do you share our passion for rescuing children from the streets in Africa and supporting them to achieve their potential? Do you have creative ideas for fundraising, and a few spare hours a month to turn these ideas into a reality? If so, we need you. You may not want to do a sponsored martial arts fight as Richard Jones has done (see above!), but there are plenty of other ways you can raise money. If you can help, please contact us: info@newlifenyambene.org.

Looking to recruit Funding and Partnership Development Officer

For those interested in developing their career, we are seeking to recruit a Volunteer Funding and Partnership Development Officer. See the job application on our website for job description, desirable skills, and details of how to apply: http://newlifenyambene.org/application2.pdf

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