Pictures from La Unica Jan 2014

IMG_20140110_162953 La Unica Child Care Centre! Andrew, student electrician and son of David and Catherine did take these nice pictures on his visit home last January. As I have been there I can describe what is seen. First some charade/theatre lesson, Catherine fetching water, teaching in the shadow eith boys latrine in back (was built 2008 with swedish birthday sponsors), school has new windows, paint, steeldoors, the globe and more schoolbooks was bought with swedish daycare sponsorship (Singkids of Scandinavia) and the paint from other swedish sponsors. Catherine sitting with mariking of textbooks. the tracksuits are used during sports and hikes.

2013 the school was registered as an official primary school of Kenya and the founders still work at the school as a team, Mai-Ini women group, with Catherine Mwaura as Principal and David Gaitunga as Executive director, both trustworthy members of this small community living only 40 yards from the school premises. I am happy to say that this school has hade sustainable development over the 14 years of its existence. the school has functioned as microfinance credit institute to a number of the poor families with children in the school.

About half of the families have electricity at home, but the rest now have desktable solar lamps through micro credit. Many thanks once again to Ostermalm church in Kristianstad Sweden for the creation of this revolving development fund. UBUNTU to all, humanity and sustainable bridges. Welcome to support!

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Update from La Unica, jan 2014

“Hello friend. I hope you are fine. It’s been a long time since we talked. We are all fine with the Lord, and we still progressing well this New Year 2014. How is your Family? Our family here is good. Andrew is back to school for another semester. Gerald is awaiting his O-Level examination results. Purity now in Level seven, Charity in Level Five, With Bilhah it’s a bit tricky. Much as she has been going to baby day care on her wheel chair, there has not been much improvement. Not able to talk, walk or hold anything but we are still trusting God to do something for her.

David and I are still admitting the new pupils who want to join the school. We resumed on Tuesday 7th January 2014 and so far the progress is impressive. After Launica got official government approval and registration, we had our first group of pupils undertake their National Examinations here. The results are out (attached) and pictures of the joyful class when they finished their papers sometime last year November together with their teachers and external supervisors.
About the group, they are now preparing the garden since the long rains are close (Pics attached)

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The women preparing the shamba…

Let me say that we indeed very grateful for your continued support to the institution. The amount you sent us last time was spent to repaint the classroom exterior walls, expanding some two classes that were left out last time. We also withdrew from the bank some amount to buy new textbooks due to a shortage in some classes, which cost Ksh. 40,068. The solar lamps have become a bit expensive i.e. going for Ksh. 2,650. Thus we have opted to drop the project for now.

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Copies of scanned receipts, new text books, A Geographical Globe,

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Renovation materials, latest pictures in the school, new look of Launica are all attached here in. ;
Materials cost = 19,030/=
540/=
1915/=
Post + joining post 5,320/=
Transport 1,800/=
Labor 3,600/=
Total >>32,205/=

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On Thursday 30th January 2014, we had thanksgiving and prize giving ceremony for the candidates that performed well in the K.C.P.E.

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Class of 2013, Small celebration party after exams

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Class of 2013 with teachers

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Class of 2013 with the supervisors and teachers

 

We also held a small fundraiser for one of our student who performed exemplary well but from a very needy family so that she can join high school. I promise to send you pictures from the event later. Let me pen off at this point and wish you a very wonderful and blessed 2014. Pass greetings to all over there.”

Drafted by Catherine,

From Launica pupils, Mai-ini Women Group, David and entire family.

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Joyful Launica kids in the New Year 2014

 

This entry was posted on February 6, 2014, in Uncategorized. Leave a comment

An article on sustainable development, written by Sarah Ombati

Sarahs article on SD

“Sustainable development is a phrase that simply means acquiring resources that can maintain the current people and the consequent generations. According to intellectuals sustainable development is a gradual growth both socially and economically that aims at benefitting the people through the natural resources available, at the same time causing minimal pollution to the surroundings. Therefore a project is established to provide goods and services to the people in that society. On the other hand, the project initiators gain financially in return. This project may start operating with few people but after successful expansion, more people will get employment and hence more people will make a living out of it. Therefore sustainable development aims at eradication poverty in the society and at the same time causing minimal pollution to the environment. In the long run if people can meet their needs, they coexist peacefully in the society.

 Sustainable development starts with making use of the available resources and getting to understand that you will never have enough resources to start your project.

 Kenya being among the developing countries needs to come up with policies that aim at achieving sustainable development. The key factors include; generating realistic ideas and setting realistic goals, having convincing powers to the donors. Sharing your ideas is important in that you will get to know if your idea is sound or unsound. Also through this you may get alternative means of initiating the same idea in an easy manner. Sometimes sharing ideas may provide and avenue for partnership and this can make your project successful.

 Before anyone thinks of a project, one should identify a need or a gap in the society. From there and individual takes the risk of initiating the project. Since a project takes time to be established, one has to have patience as people in the society embrace your idea. This is important because one is aiming to serve the society at large and not acquiring wealth.

 The quality of education offered should encourage students to become entrepreneurs and not just depend on employment. This goes hand in hand with passion. Passion brings about self-motivation to pursue your idea, despite the challenges incurred. Currently most people are making a living through craft skills. In most cases people do not need to be in a class to know them but ones someone is educated, he or she is able to initiate the project and with time an industry will be established and hence people will get employment opportunities.

 However there are challenges facing sustainable development. Among them are; the quality of education that makes students to rely on employment especially the white collar jobs. The education system therefore should be tailored in such a manner that people can be trained to come up with ideas. This will ease the problem of unemployment.

 Generating ideas for ones´ own selfish gains that is to become wealthy than other people in the society demoralizes sustainable development. We should always aim at serving the community.”

 

Thank you Sarah for both research and adding your personal touch, analysis and vision, PH

This entry was posted on January 3, 2014, in Uncategorized. Leave a comment

Christmas in Kenya 2013

It´s Christmas time. La Unica Child Care Centre has evolved into becoming a real school with recognition from the state of Kenya. the students have good results and many families are involved in helping out as teachers, nightguards and Catherine as principal and David as director. All need encouragement. The teachers find encouragement in good student results. tokens of appreciation at christmas are appropriate. Take a good look at these pictures and faces. What is life but to serve one another. We must carry beauty with us or we find it not, someone said, but I say. Serve and live, live through service. David and Catherine have shown me that principle in their service for their fellow being. Im proud to be their friend. Are you a friend of them, a neighbor, a fellow being?

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These teaching materials Catherine and friends have produced for the school. I find them very positive and useful. What do you think?

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This entry was posted on December 16, 2013, in Uncategorized. Leave a comment

Ubuntu development and education

Hello world!

Yesterday I went to Östermalmskyrkan in Kristianstad and gave a report on the development fund they started last year. All money invested is paid back from mikroloans and the fund will be used again.

I have been thinking on splitting the UBUNTU fund into two separate. One solely for development through and at La Unica Child Care Centre and one soley on individual education. The development fund is having a stability now and there are questionsmarks on individual families ability to have their children up through high school. Up till now, Everlyne, Sarah, Theresiah, Rita and Rose have all gone through High school with support from sponsors.

Sponsors have helped Sarah up through University even, and she has one year remaining before graduating as a microbiologist, her dream come through. She is excellent in her studies and will be able to pay it forward as she gets a job. Exceptional students with no means from family to manage to pay for education above 13 yrs old, always need sponsors. The bridge is built, Let me know where your sponsormoney should go to. Development fund or education fund? Type “dev_ken” or “edu_ken” when you transfer, then I know. Same account number as before, se below image (sparbanken 1826, Kristianstad, Sweden)

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Update SingKids Scandinavia sponsorship

“Hej Hans!

 Föräldrar till en del av barnen på följande förskolor har skänkt ek. medel till La Unica:

 Källesjö Förskola, Ystad; 240 kr.

Säbyholm Montessoriförskola, Landskrona; 360 kr.

Skanör Falsterbo Montessoriförskola, Skanör; 277,50 kr.

Förskolan Blåsippan, Stockholm; 127,50 kr.

Stora Hammars Förskola, Höllviken; 330 kr.

Totalt 1335 kr är idag överförda till La Unica´s konto!

 Vi hörs/Roberto

 SingKids Scandinavia”

Det är härligt när en bro mellan familjer som hjälper andra familjer. Varje krona kommer fram! En bordslampa, med LED och solceller kostar idag 180 SEK, UBUNTU fonden ger möjlighet för familjerna i Kenya att köpa till grossistpris, storpack, och med mikrolån. Nu i nästa steg diskuteras gascookers eller större solcellslampor med UBUNTU fonden som bas. De 120 lampor som inköptes i December 2012 är nu helt betalda, 16000 SEK, fonden är återställd och nedan banksaldo kan adderas för att åstadkomma nya underverk. Hållbar utveckling, vad är det? Jo standardhöjning för familjer, med glokala resurser och hänsyn till miljö, ekonomi och sociala faktorer. Återkommer på bloggen under hösten med nyheter/update.

STORT TACK till alla familjer och SingKids Scandinavia, La Unica genom Hans

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