ST PETER'S LIFE-LINE 'DOSH FOR NOSH' APPEAL
UPDATE ST PETER’S LIFE-LINE – FIRST FRIDAY PRAYERS – 5 MAY 2017
“Together in prayer – Umoja kwa maombi”
This month, as we see the close of Eastertide approaching, we celebrate the conclusive act of Jesus’ ministry on earth with His Ascension in to heaven.
As you all know, we had an astounding response to our Dosh4Nosh appeal, and were able to meet all our hopes and aspirations for feeding our St Peter’s community during this difficult time – meeting last term’s food debt, feeding families during the school holidays and boosting the food budget ready to face next term.
Despite the feeding programme, many children will be very glad to get back to school this month, knowing that their tummies will be kept full every day!
Although there has been some rain reported in the area it needs to persist to bring in a full harvest come August. I have been tracking the weather forecasts there on an App – and the rain clouds seem to keep stubbornly away from Tharaka!
Our programme to eliminate FGM continues this month with the start of community forums, where robust debates take place with community members – fuelled by a hearty lunch that we provide! Many of the more conservative members and elder women are gradually coming round to recognising the realities of the awful health and social consequences of FGM to their girls.
Our proposed water irrigation scheme is out to experts in this country for evaluation and comment.
Another 97 loans were made to our micro finance ladies – bringing the total now to 1,605 loans made. Amazing! We are also taking on another lady to help with the growing administrative load of our FGM, micro finance, and primary schools’ feeding programme – healthy growth!
Our separate, primary schools’ feeding programme, feeding over 1,000 children at six government schools, will recommence at start of term, much to the relief of parents – and kids – at those schools! Although sufficient stocks for next term are already in place, we will need funding for the Christmas term.
Lord, as we now turn our face towards Yours, let time stand still in our busy lives. We take a moment to seek You, to talk to You, to listen to You. Lord God, by Your Holy Spirit, we ask that You inspire us to open our minds and hearts to Your loving attention. Let us meet with You now in prayer.
Bread to eat
“That”, said Moses to them, “is the bread the Lord gives you to eat. This is the Lord’s command: everyone must gather enough of it for his needs, one omer a head, according to the number of persons in your families. Each of you will gather for those who share his tent.” Ex 16:15
“I saved you…”
Ring out your joy to God our strength,
shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
Raise a song and sound the timbrel,
the sweet-sounding harp and the lute.
A voice I did not know said to me:
“I freed your shoulder from the burden;
your hands were freed from the load.
You called in distress and I saved you”. Ps 81:1-3,5-7
Meditation: Seek the Lord
“Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping.” (Jn 20:11)
With Mary, we may seek the Lord, weeping when he is not to be found – in prayer, in worship, in our daily round of activities – only to come upon him in the most unexpected of places and discover that he has been there all along. It was we who did not recognise him. As he promised, our risen Lord is with us always.
“I am with you always…”
The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.
And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time”. Mt 28:16-20
We give thanks and praise for…
Our very generous donors
Provision of food to families most in need
The start of the rains
The success of our team battling the scourge of FGM
The continuing healthy and fruitful growth of the micro finance scheme
We pray for…
Continuing rain, rain, rain!
Continuing clarity to the community over consequences of FGM
Successful grant applications for ARP and water provision
Continuing blessings on our supporters for their kindness and generosity
The means to meet the challenges of this term
A blessing on all teachers, staff and pupils at our four schools for the start of term
“Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven”. Lk 24:51
Many of you have listened to David Baldwin talk about the work undertaken by St Peter's Life-Line at our Harvest suppers over the past few years. As a parish we are proud to help this small, grass roots charity educate and feed to young people in this desperately poor semi arid region in Kajuki, Kenya.
Drought disaster in this region is not 'news' anymore, but David has written that the current water shortage has caused a huge increase in the cost of providing a hot meal once a day for the 700 students at four schools (Please see David's email dated 21st February below). Fr Frankline is almost at breaking point.
A portable water pump has been donated to support the irrigation scheme near the Sacred Heart School, but until the next seasonal rains arrive in April/May, additional funds are needed to maintain the food budget.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Proceeds from the LENT LUNCH at ST ANDREW'S CHURCH on WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH 12.30 - 2.00 pm will be sent to St Peter's Life-Line. Throughout Lent there will be a RETIRING COLLECTION for the appeal at the end of services in both churches
Donate directly through their donation page: https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/start.html?charity=75087
David sent us the pictures below.
On the left, one family's crop terrace during drought. On the right, the same terrace after rain.
Fr Frankline surveying the school crops, withered and dying.
“Our core vision is to Embrace, Educate, Equip and Empower the next generation.”
**The charity’s latest venture is to provide a hot lunch for 740 children at 5 local government primary schools. This will regularly bring in those children who don’t have the energy or motivation to walk in to school every day - or even at all. Since the programme was started in January 2016 attendance numbers have risen and remained consistent throughout the terms. It costs just £12.70 to feed one child for a whole school year (205 days).**
TO DONATE PLEASE CLICK HERE: DONATIONS
Below is the email from David and Susie, outlining the current desperate situation in Kajuki:
21 February 2017
I had an email from Fr Frankline a couple of days ago telling me of problems that are besetting him "almost to breaking point" - a couple being transportation problems of day scholars to school who live some distance away, with our faithful minibus now in terminal decline, and failure in his efforts to try and encourage one of our sponsored tertiary students to take her studies seriously, and us, sadly, having to discontinue her sponsorship. However his biggest concern is feeding the kids at our four schools (over 700) over this and next term, now that shortage of food prices are rocketing in the face of the severe drought gripping this area.
In his words: “The climatic condition has deteriorated terribly. Food prices have hiked enormously. I was studying the budget and I’m so scared of the survival of these two terms before there is a harvest.” I heard this just before I heard news that the Kenya government has declared a drought disaster in the affected ares (ours being one).
The next seasonal rains are not due until Apr/May, for a harvest in Jul/Aug - if they come. In amongst all the bombardment of other daily news, we read and hear about ongoing droughts (and now the awful famines not so far from us in S Sudan) in a rather detached way. But for us, these are real people whom we know personally and love, and it affects us personally. This of course, is nothing new in this area - and is why we initially engaged with St Peter’s by throwing that life-line to save them, at that time, from closure.
I have sent some immediate aid - £500 to boost the food budget, but if it goes anything like the last time they suffered severe drought conditions we had to raise about £5,000 over the period to maintain a full and healthy diet for our kids. On social, and other media we will be launching a “Dosh for Nosh" appeal.
In the longer term two generous donors have given sufficient to buy a portable water pump (£1,600) to start an irrigation scheme on fertile fields adjacent to one of our schools (Sacred Heart), that are now available for this use, and are very close to a river. This should give some degree of food security and cushion to the cash budget.
This is by way of an update. I am always very reluctant indeed to ask of you who are already so committed to our community. So I hope you don’t find it totally disingenuous of me just to say that only if you feel moved to give anything, no matter how small, it is easily done from our donation page: https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/start.html?charity=75087
I am in constant touch with Fr Frankline, and I know he is so grateful for the prayers, support and encouragement that he is, and will be given, by you all.
If you do have any queries, please do get back in touch,
David & Susie
Below is a letter from David, following his recent visit to Kajuki and receipt of our Harvest Donations:
13 Oct 16
Dear Lovely Supporters from Headley and Box Hill,
I am writing to thank you all so very much for your amazing donations to St Peter’s Life-Line from your Harvest Supper!
Having just returned from my visit out to St Peter’s I was able to see, for the first time, our primary schools lunchtime feeding programme in action, with the 740 or so children at 5 local government primary schools. It was clearly evident from all concerned, how appreciative they all are of this initiative. I heard of a comment from one person, “How is it that a complete stranger can come along and feed our children – we are so grateful”.
Your donation has given great encouragement for us to increase our programme by at least one other school for next year, and after I’ve done a few more sums (and said some more prayers!) we might be able to increase to yet another school - making a total of 7, with over 1,000 children. Please pray too!
It was extremely hot, dry and very dusty out there. There are obvious food shortages generally, and food is expensive. Most of the planting has been done as they wait expectantly for the coming rains at the end of the month. They really need a good harvest come Jan/Feb next year.
All other projects are thriving – the four schools we support, the anti-FGM initiative that we run, and the continually burgeoning micro finance scheme – thanks be to God!
Asenteni sana tena –
many thanks once again!
Blessings, as ever,
St Peter's Life-Line is a small grass roots charity, with the passion and vision to make a big difference, where 100% of donations reach the school and community. St Peter's Life-Line partners with St Peter's primary school and community in Kajuki, Kenya, by helping to lift a community out of desperate poverty, through education, micro finance, empowering girls, feeding programmes, clean water, sanitation and the prevention of disease. The charity aims to bring Hope Through Education and a more secure future.
St Peter's School was established in 2006 by a young, dynamic priest, Fr Joe. The school is in Kajuki, situated near the foot of Mt Kenya, in the South Meru District. It is a harsh, semi-arid part of Kenya, and is home to some 40,000 people.
In January 2013 St Peter's school has 344 pupils, of which 150 live at the school during term time (many whom are orphans, vulnerable or very poor children within the parish). Its new sister school, our Lady of Consolation has 118 pupils and the Sacred Heart nursery school has 28 pupils.
The school has no formal Government or Church support – it has to find its own means. The aim of the school is to bring in children from all around the parish, from whatever faith or none, whose parents cannot even afford the meagre costs (books, uniform, food) of sending them to local government primary schools.
St Peter's Life-Line was started in the summer of 2009 after hearing cries of desperation from the founders, during a famine period and in the violent aftermath of the Kenyan elections of 2008.
The aims within the school are to raise funds for priority capital projects, the feeding programme, school fees and salaries. The charity also funds the incredible life saving and life changing programme which fights against Female Genital Mutilation and new for 2012 they have created and established a micro finance programme for women within the community. Donors also have the opportunity to provide funds for other, smaller items which are urgently needed. St Peter's Life-Line aims to work in a sustainable manner, helping to bring long lasting legacy. Wherever possible, items are bought locally or nationally to further aid the economy of Kenya and the local people.
St Peter's Life-Line believes that every child has the right to receive a primary education, (as set out in Article 28, The Convention on the Rights of the child, UNICEF) and that poverty should not prevent that from happening. They have seen the HOPE that education can bring to individuals and families helping to give them a more secure future to families who are trapped in the cycle of poverty.
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