A place full of hope and smiles

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The Kenyan Kids Academy now provides full-time employment for 5 local people and also gives a small income to a few villagers involved in community self help projects.

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Newsletter October 2013

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It gives me immense pleasure to say that the Kenyan Kids Academy, our nursery school in Namatotoa, is now officially open!

school02Special thanks go to all our supporters for making this dream possible and I personally want to thank everyone involved for all the love and effort poured in over the last two years. Special thanks must go to the people on the ground in Kenya, in particular Pastor Moses Prince, whose vision of bringing education to the village has now become a reality, to Pastor Pete Mackenzi who manages the school on a day-to-day basis assisted by teachers Julia, Rose, Everlyne and our cook Millicent.

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New pictures of the new school

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Newsletter June 2013

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What’s been happening this month?

My next trip to see our Kids is in September. My daughter Kitty is not too happy as I leave on her birthday but promises of birthday treats, when I get back in October, seem to have smoothed the way! This time I am flying with Kenya Airways via Amsterdam; my choice of airlines determined by price but also by being able to avoid any overnight flight segments.

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Ironman

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Widely considered the toughest one-day endurance event in the world, the Ironman Triathlon France takes place on 24th June. Starting on the Promenade des Anglais,  this series of long-distance races consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim in the Mediterranean sea, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike ride passing through St Jeannet, Tourrettes sur Loup, Caussols, Coursegoules, Le Broc, Carros before returning to Nice and then completing a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run. All is raced in that order and undertaken without a break.

http://ironmannice.com/

The Iron Man France is the biggest triathlon meeting on the French Riviera. More than a race, it’s a lifestyle. Every Ironman athlete has a story to tell and charitable causes have become an integral part of the sport for more than three decades now.

timKenyan Kids are incredibly proud that Tim Sharp has agreed to run the race and raise money on our behalf.

When you donate, please leave a note, that you were inspired by Tim!

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Newsletter February 2013

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I was really looking forward to getting away from January’s cold and snowy weatherand arriving in Nairobi’s 32 degree heat. This trip was planned to coincide with the start of the new school year for our children and I couldn’t wait to see them, our new well and the progress that had been made on our new classroom.

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Kenyan Kids Interview on Riviera Radio

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Julie was invited to have an on air interview with local identity Rob Harrison on Riviera Radio.  Here's what she had to say.


 

 

Gently worn clothes sale

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The ideal opportunity to Spring-clean and re-vamp your wardrobe! Fish out those barely used clothes, handbags, shoes, belts, jewellery, scarves and those unwanted gifts too! We’re not fussy, as long as they are good-quality, gently-worn (or new!) items. There will be plenty of mirrors and rooms available to try on. Julie and Keren are looking forward to seeing you and your clothes!

Venue: 257 Chemin du Bosquet, 06620, Le Bar Sur Loup
When: 11.10.2012. 2 pm onwards and into the evening! Drinks and cakes available too!

For planning purposes, please RSVP asap and arrange for your things to be ropped off in advance of the event so we can sort and display them.
Please email/phone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 06 12 43 09 77 or
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 06 34 16 53 52.
(In some cases pick-up can be arranged). (If you have rails we could use, please let us know too).

The last Gently Worn Clothes Sales were very successful and were lots of fun. The money raised and other contributions over the last year have enabled Kenyan Kids to start a nursery school (in a temporary shelter) for 35 of the most vulnerable children aged between 3 and 7. Building of the permanent school has begun, along with a well!

Quiz Night Cheese Wine and Charcuterie

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Come and join us! Book early to avoid disappointment...

We would like to invite you to our Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie Quiz Night for Kenyan Kids at 7pm on Friday 12th October.

Julie Hellon Cupples wants to share all her news from Kenya and give you a full report on what is happening in the village of Namatotoa and our Watoto Wa Nursery School which didn't even exist this time last year. And we mustn't forget the new village well being built right now. Things are progressing very well thanks to the generosity of past quizzers in our area and for that we say a big thanks. Mike Preston is our Quizmaster as always and is ready with a right royal mix of interesting questions for a night of fun.

Where is it? We have a splendid new venue at:The Grange at Sunnybank, 815 Chemin des Gourettes, 06370 MOUANS SARTOUX

Full instructions on how to find us is on the Sunnybank website. www.sunny-bank.org/

We are providing a lovely spread of cheeses and meats and two glasses of wine per person for only 15 euros which includes quiz participation.

We ask that you please reserve your table by email to Julie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone to Carole at tel: 0493944119.

We aim to have teams of 4 if we can but if your team is less we can match you up on the night to make things fair for all.

We look forward to seeing you on 12th October...

 

Pascale's new shoes

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Pascale is a professional web designer who offered to build our new and magnificant website. In response to her very generous donation, we have presented her with this pair of African shoes.  Pascale was so thrilled with the shoes, she asked us to publish the photo on our website. Thank you Pascale! The work you have done is worth many more shoes than just this single pair! 

The Need for Sustainability

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We are trying to teach the parents about sustainability for the school and have asked them to provide (where possible) a little maize and beans for each child. News from the village in the first week of their Rentrée, "the parents are steadily streaming in maize supplies as the maize harvest continues. So far 90tins were collected last week. Beans are proving to be a precious commodity;its coming in trickles. So far we are saving almost 2000sh each week (if the beans supply become steady) through supplies from the parents. The remaining amount goes into cooking fat,sugar and cooking fuel."