Anyone who travel to Kenya and meet the leaders, teachers and children at La Unica child care centre will recieve as warm welcome as I was greeted in feb 2008. The trip has truly marked my remaining life. Meeting these warm and wonderful families have done great impact on me. Today I have updated some of the photogalleries from various projects. With “Pay i Forward” in mind (hope youve seen that movie). I now spread this update on both blog and facebook. Who knows? Have you dreamt of making a difference in the world? Heres an option.
My remaining service consists of building bridges, education for high school girls and boys.
Hello all, this is Pappa Hans writing again. Greetings from a cold Sweden. Not all snowy but still. See this movieclip from local area today. First view from car, then from snowy hill.
Here are a linc to presentation (PPT) LaUNICA PPT 42 MB large file
OBS! Letter and pictures follows movie-lincs below.
Views from La Unica school, outside https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2a1ZsFTtOt3dXlyV3V4WlNKQkU/edit
Jr awards https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2a1ZsFTtOt3aEtCMk5ZVXAycWM/edit
Childrens Theatre https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2a1ZsFTtOt3NWllNTY5bmR0ZFk/edit
Children Singing https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2a1ZsFTtOt3ekEwUTFPdFZOS2c/edit
I add the letter from principal Catherine and Exec sec. David, who run the school along with the womens group.
“From David and entire family,
KCPE test results was published today. In a month the high schools have picked their students and about 75 % of the nations students have been assigned a seat at a school. I am fortunate to pleasantly concratulate Carol today, Carol had 385 points at the KCPE test. Among 6% best in the country. Congrat to all family.
Andrew, son of Catherine and David at La Unica wrote and enclosed these two pictures from Lusigetty, first I thought it was for La Unica, same area and style, but this one is for their family to live in. Hope they can complete it.
“Everyone is fine too at home. They are working on a building project for a permanent shelter. That is a two bedroom house and its already began though due to some issue stopped last week. Hoping that all will be well soon. ( Pics during ground work. Was around to help in the digging the trenches at least) .”
I am happy they are people with both visions and practice. Practical visionaries! Such examples of bringing hope into the world. This world needs people who will not give up hope. They are examples for us all.
David Gaitunga, father, carpenter, electrician and exec sec for La Unica told me of shelter for visitors and teachers when I was there to visit 2008. I was presented with a neat plan for the La unica child care centre lot. The houses they planned constructing and what their purpose etc. They found a partner in me, but Im a bridge builder and just one man trying to do some good in this world. See below drawing from 2008 made by David Gaitunga, Executive director of LA Unica. When I saw the drawing I was amazed with the exactness, about half of the houses were real at that time and by now further development have taken place due to their hope and strong work, and funds, both Kenyan and Swedish. They are not sitting idle hoping to find a moneytree growing at their feet. They are hard working people.
Teacher quarters, latrine, agriculture field and one extended classroom have sofar been built. These people are strong with their goals in mind. But all people could use some support in one way or another. If you have a bit extra time, funds and/or friendship feel free to let me know and the bridge will be built.
Previous bridges built up to the year 2012 when I became ill these bridges were built. se attached word file:
Story of building bridges (.docx)
The shant, lyrics to the rhyme the children learn i school, is full of encouragement for parents, rich and poor to give their children education. I can only ever do so much, that is not all, but something. Hope you feel that too and are doing it. If you feel you could do more, do not hesitate to let me know. I am just a bridgebuilder.
So far five girls have gone through Hig School thanks to bridges built, One woman got a hairdresser education. Another one actually soon have become a microbiologist at Kenyatta University. I am so proud of them all. And of all the good families helping out to make things become real.
Some poor families have to see their children become high school drop outs due to financial issues. For example, in a family with two daughters, one had a lab accident at school with medical bills to pay, then her sister was to drop out of school because the parents could not afford to pay for both. Theresiah has now finished school. high school in Kenya is for years. About 2500 SEK a year in schoolfees and boarding. Four girls was to be dropouts after three years of study. They had debts from year three and were not allowed to start year four. So for 5000 SEK they could finish their High school education. One of these four turned out to be outstanding in results and was granted a university education seat if initial funding existed. This family with meager income, mother (tailor, small own shop) and father (unemployed), would have had no chance to brake the bonds of poverty if not the daughter had the chance to educate herself. Now after soon 3,5 year of university with the cost of 7000 SEK a year in funding support ontop of studyloan she will work in a laboratory in Nairobi, providing for her family, braking the bonds of poverty through education. Why am I so sure this will be? Her average in results are 71 in their system, in my own words that means straight A´s in just about everything. IMAGINE the joy in Kenya at their home, and imaginge the joy in my home in Sweden.
It is not my intention make you feel responsible for anyone else but yourself. If you feel 50-100 SEK a month is a good investment towards these young talented women in Kenya, please telll me so. Right now there are 700 a month coming into the Kenya account for education. Every krona, dollar or penny reaches its target. Read on, write me and join us.
Feel free to contact me, so another bridge can be built