• Chris Hirst

Newsletter 40 - Drought - and the need for a new dormitory - April 2017

Updated: Jul 23, 2018

Dear friends and supporters of our school and orphanage at Ringa, Kenya,

I am now back from my recent visit to the project earlier this month. While I was there this time I managed to achieve something I have been trying to do for a long time. I managed to take some aerial videos of the school and its surroundings. For a beginner in this field I think it turned out rather well and I am pleased with the results. The next job is to edit these videos into a more professional format, with an explanatory voice-over. We are hoping to do this very shortly and then post it to our website and YouTube. I am eager for you to see the incredible work that your funding has established.

The main purpose of this visit was to oversee the building of another dormitory for the boys.

Overcrowding has become an issue in the girls’ dormitory. The regulations concerning distance between beds has forced this issue upon us; however, I am pleased to report that while I was there we got the building started, foundations were dug and concreted and the building started to rise out of the ground. Much hard-core was needed, but thankfully we are rich in rocks and I look forward to seeing the finished article which measures 40' x 40'. Hopefully this will mark the end of our building programme; we are hoping that the building will be ready for the boys to move in when they return from their Easter holidays in early May.

Sadly, I do not have good news regarding the drought situation. Despite a few nights of rain, it is a drop in the ocean compared with what we really need. This drought is countrywide and shows no sign of abating. Kenya is not the only country affected. Most of East Africa is suffering a similar situation. Compared with some regions we are reasonably well off. The immediate effects being felt at the moment are crop failures and food shortages for cattle. As you can imagine, this affects the economy of everything, the result being that the prices of the staple foods like maize, rice and beans are up by 50%; but thankfully, with wise budgeting we are still managing to cope and no child goes to bed hungry.

We are still a long way from a famine situation but people are tightening their belts. Much prayer is needed over this particular situation and I thank you in advance for that.

The one thing Kenyans seem to have in their favour is a resilience to cope under extreme circumstances. Their resilience, God's grace and your continued support will see them through.

Well friends, that is about all I have to report at the moment, save to say that we are still fulfilling our aim of educating, feeding, clothing, housing and above all loving a lot of very, very vulnerable and impoverished children. Long may it continue.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Hirst

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