• Chris Hirst

Newsletter 45 - Electricity Arrives at the School and Orphanage - May 2018

Dear friends and supporters of the school and orphanage at Ringa in Kenya,

It is just over a week since I returned from the project and am excited to bring you some wonderful news.

Whilst there on this occasion, we were able to negotiate with contractors and Kenyan Power to bring electricity from the Kenyan grid to our remote school. As you will probably know from previous newsletters, this is something that we have been working towards for a very long time. It represents a pivotal moment in the history of that school and orphanage on the hill.

Today I received photographic evidence that the wires are now over our boundary wall and down into the compound.

We are now constructing a small building to house the meters. This small building has to be inspected by Kenyan Power before they will turn on the electricity. To say that we are delighted by all these events would be something of an understatement.

The negotiations resulted in agreeing a price of 210,000 Kenyan Shillings. Included in this price was the supply and erecting of the electricity poles, supplying and fitting mains cabling to the meter building and supply and fitting the electricity meter. Then from there electrify all classrooms and offices and some exterior security lighting.

I think that you will agree we managed to get a good deal. I have paid to date 130,000 Kenyan Shillings, leaving us an outstanding balance of 80,000 KS, approximately £630. That is our next challenge and the focus of our prayer life at the moment. It is out there, waiting - maybe you know where it is. Don't be shy.

The arrival of mains electricity is something that has happened in God's perfect timing. We have been looking for it, waiting for it, focusing on it and praying for it for a long time; but now, we have it and the benefits to the school and orphanage are beyond what we can imagine.

The numbers at the school seem to have stabilised and this is our third year of final exams for Year 4. We have had really good success in these final exams for the school leavers. The result is we now have three young ladies at university and two men and two women now at teacher training college. I know these numbers are not massive, but they are fruit of your perseverance in standing with us this last 12 years. My prayer is that you continue to stand alongside us, secure in the knowledge that every penny we receive at The Olive Branch Foundation is spent at the school and orphanage.

This is a noble work and I thank you for being part of it. Children educated, clothed, fed, housed, loved and made to feel special.

I often wonder about the effects that our efforts are having upon the future. That is something only God holds in His Council. There is one scripture that often comes to mind to encourage me at the occasional low point:

Gal 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Thank you so much for being part of our journey thus far. We will never give up or turn our eyes from these most needy individuals.

Come and meet them if you will. A spiritual blessing awaits you on that hill.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Hirst

No longer up the pole about electricity ....

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