Alton Webteam: June 2016
Firstly, I would like to ask all of you to pray for Kenya. You may have seen stories on the news of protests across the country. Five weeks ago the opposition party vowed to demonstrate every monday until the leaders of the IEBC (the body that oversees elections) are changed. Since then each monday there have been protests in several cities often leading to violence and destruction of property.
Kibera has been affected but the disruptions have rarely spread out of a very localised area. One of our TP centres is close-by but so far has not been affected and children have continued to show up each day. Our other two centres are completely unaffected. Our staff encountered burning tyres and anti-riot police on their way home from work 2 weeks ago but no one connected to TP has come to any harm.
Once again today the protesters have taken to the streets and disrupted traffic but so far today the demonstration has been largely peaceful in Nairobi. Please pray for these weekly demonstrations to come to an end. Pray for the leaders of the opposing groups to be wise in their words and actions and to find a positive solution to the current issue. Please also pray for peace in Kenya as a whole and Kibera specifically, especially as the country prepares for a general election next year.
Back to more positive news, we want to thank everyone who turned out for the events on May 21st, everyone who worked hard to bring the events together and all who made Judy and Kariuki's trip to the UK such a great time. Over the 10 days they were in the UK we raised £20,000. Thank you so much everyone who gave so generously, this amount will go a long way to serve children and families in Kibera.
We will be visiting a potential venue for the holiday camps tomorrow, the school is offering us a very fair price, its not far to travel and they have a swimming pool so its ticking all our boxes so far! Praying this will be the one!
Our Community Library hosted headteachers from 7 schools in Kibera as they met with reps from an insurance company who are ready to provide deworming and career talks in schools as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. We were really pleased that people showed up, asked great questions and moved things forward. We hope that over the next year and beyond, hundreds of children in Kibera will get much needed deworming tablets and learn about different careers through talks and mentorship with the company's staff.
A quick praise report, mission partner Emily finally managed to submit her work permit application. Now we're just praying she will be issued a new one.
Finally, several members who have graduated out of our microfinance programme have successfully registered as a self-help group. This means that they can open a bank account together and access government funding to support women and youth entrepreneurs. The group hope to operate a table banking scheme where the group saves money together and makes loans to its members. This is so exciting to see. It shows this group have been empowered to a point where they are ready and able to help themselves. And that's really what we're
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