• Chris Hirst

56 - Excellent Exam Results - plus Coping with Covid and Preparing for Independence Day

Updated: Jul 23

Dear friends and supporters of the Olive Branch Foundation.


The fact that you are receiving this newsletter is a clear indication that you're not a normal run of the mill human being. You are a person who has lifted their thoughts above that of self-indulgence and shown that you care for others, often more than you care for yourself.


You may be thinking this is a natural trait. It is not. It's a gift which can sometimes be a burden hard to carry. I am thankful that I am surrounded by people like you who cause my burden to be lighter. It is encouraging to know that you are out there and on behalf of everyone who has benefited from your generosity (and there are thousands) I want to thank you most sincerely.


After 16 years of our total support, our school in Kenya is fast approaching Independence Day. This will be at the end of August this year, something we have been working towards for the last three years. Does that mean we will stop caring? Does that mean we will lose all contact? Certainly not. We will always be there to guide, advise and encourage.


Over the last few weeks the results of the end of year exams have been coming in. They are good, despite all the interruptions to their education over these last 15 months due to the covid situation. The children and staff have put so much effort in that it shows in their results, particularly the final year students in the secondary school. For me, the icing on the cake is the fact that four of our total orphans have passed their exams with such distinction they are now eligible to be enrolled in universities. Their names are Gideon, Ruth, Christine, and Doreen. These young people I have known for many years and as supporters of this charity you have played a major role in changing their lives from a train crash to a bright future. Pat yourselves on the back; you deserve it. It is possible and likely that some of you have put your own children through university. Do you want to do it again? If any of you are in a position to help any of these students personally, and follow their progress, let us know at The Olive Branch Foundation. We will be glad to hear from you.


Kenya at the moment is suffering with severe flooding, particularly in our region. On top of that, the Indian variant of the Covid virus seems to be running amok. In a previous newsletter I shared with you that Kenya had escaped the worst ravages of the Covid virus, but now it seems to be back with a vengeance. Please keep all the people in your hearts and prayers. As I have said often in the past, we must never tire of doing good - don't waste your gift. Their future is brighter because of you.


Thank you all so much.


Chris Hirst




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