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We came second!!                  July 2017

 28 of our older children aged 9 - 13 years took part in a national music festival in Kenya. See You tube here There were more than 200,000 applicants and they came second! Absolutely amazing, that children from such a deprived area, with few of the advantages of the majority of the applicants, should be the only school in Mombasa County to reach the finals. Of course they do have one of the advantages and that is the school they go to. For this, of course, you can take some of the credit if you have donated towards our school. So, many thanks for that.

Such commitment from our teachers and children to achieve this success. We feel very proud.

The only difficulty is the expense incurred taking 28 children plus teachers and trainer away for three days for the final. We shall have to consider carefully in future whether we can afford this and would welcome any donations towards. They are keen to try again and win the trophy.

 

                                                                

 

 

                                                           CLINIC HAS OPENED                                 March 2016

Our clinic which was opened in June is moving across to the new building. It is still serving our children and their families in the hope that we can keep them all well but now it will be in a purpose built room.

All children will be carefully monitored in order that we might detect problems early. We shall also provide family planning and ante and post-natal care. We shall be working collaboratively with another clinic nearby which mainly treats AIDS patients. They will dispose of all our dirty stuff and in exchange we shall provide their AIDS patients with condoms. Their clinic has been built in the grounds of a Roman Catholic church which forbids the use of condoms. Such a pity at this is the most effective prevention of AIDS available.

A volunteer has been working in the clinic for the last four weeks and I am looking forward to hearing what she felt about her experience.

                                                               
 



            Colour run, shoes,Talents, schools come up trumps for MSP   July 2017

Two primary schools, Yarm Preparatory and Christ the King Catholice Primary School have raised more than £10,000 between them for Mustard Seed Project. An absolutely amazing achievement that will make such a difference to our children. The children at Christ the King raised more than £3,000. Each child was given £1 and told to make it grow using the parable of the talents as their focus. As well as cleaning cars or doing the washing up some enterprising children really showed great talent themselves. One made pizzas and sold them to the neighbours, another painted glasses and sold them. Such an incredible amount of money from a small group of children. The children raised the money towards our feeding programme.

At Yarm Preparatory School they did a colour run (not the sort of accident you have with the washing) but they ran a race whilst people showered them with dry paint! Rather them than me. They had anticipated raising £1000 but managed to raise almost £6,000 which will be more than £7,000 with gift aid!. This money will almost pay to complete our toilet block.

Northborough school found a more novel way to help us. At the end of term the children were told to come to school with their trainers. At the end of the day, children changed out of their shoes, into their trainers and gave Mustard Seed Project their shoes for us to take to Kenya. Needless to say, it will take us some time to get them all out there in our luggage but they are hugely appreciated as many Miche Bora children come to school with shoes that are falliing apart.

If you would like to help us I can assure you that every penny makes a difference and is safely delivered to those who need it. No more shoes at present though!

 

 

 

                          FEEDING PROGRAMME FOR MICHE BORA                June 2017

Like most small African Charities involved in education a feeeding programme is a major priority. In Mgongeni few people are starving but malnutrition is a huge problem as people exist on one meal of maizemeal a day. For the children of  Miche Bora Primary this has ceased to be an issue thanks to a generous donation from the Herrod Foundation a Swiss Charitable Trust plus Souter Charitable Trust and Christ the King Primary School our feeding programme is secure for another year. The Herrod Foundation started supporting our children six years ago and we were absolutely delighted when they decided to continue their support.

The Trust has enabled us to provide a balanced diet to our children who are already looking healthier. The meal, which includes fruit and vegetables plus pulses and maize meal was deemed by the headteacher to be the sort of diet that only the very rich could afford.

The parents are delighted that the programme can continue and of course there are other benefits. The children are concentrating much better in class and the rate of absenteeism has greatly reduced! 

 

A donation of £18 per month would allow us to provide mid morning porridge and a balanced mid-day meal every day for three children.

                                                          

 

 

 

                                           Teacher Charlie Volunteers                    January 2018

Thinking of volunteering abroad? You can volunteer for free with Mustard Seed Project.  Alice is one of a number of volunteers who have spent time in our school in Kenya. They are making such a difference and if you think you have skills to offer we would love to hear from you. Charlie can be see working with the children but she is also out there to work with the teachers as she has excellent skills to offer.

Charlie is spending part of her year out from her teaching job working with our children and teachers in Kenya and we are delighted that she has decided to share her skills. Our teachers are all keen to learn and this is a great opportunity for them.

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New Cess Pit and Soak-away from Rotary              February 2016

OK it may not look very sexy but what a wonderful gift from Rotary. When you have a school of 300 children in a building plus all the staff necessary for running the school it is absolutely essential if you do not wish to polute the environment and cause disease. Currently we have just three toilets (two for children and one for teachers) in our building but we are trying really hard to raise the funds to complete the toilet block. Of course we do not have 300 children yet as half are still in the rented building but even with 125 it is a struggle with only two toilets. So if you think you could make a contribution towards our toilets I know 125 children and their teachers who will be very happy.

                                                                

 

 

 

                                                WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL TOILETS                                      April 2018

 

Probably the greatest part of the new building is these beautiful toilets which have just been completed. The boys toilets are just as beautiful but the older girls have also got two private toilets where they can wash themselves and their sanitary towels in complete privacy. So many girls in Kenya stay home for a week each month but we are doing everything we can to keep them in school and it is working.

                                                                  

 

                                SONAL CLIMBS KILIMANJARO FOR MSP             October 2015

Sonal decided to raise money for Mustard Seed and what better way to do it than with this incredible personal challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro. Not only did she climb to the top of the mountain she also came down to Mombasa to visit the school when Rita and Geoff were there. A great occasion for us all.

The children had a great time with her and showed quite how knowledgeable they were about climbing the mountain. They asked better questions than most adults would have.

Sonal then went to see the furniture being made that she had raised the money for and also saw what had been done in preparation for the clinic.

Thank you so much Sonal. Your efforts have made such a difference.

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