From time to time more detailed news stories will be shared here. 1 – Braille Paper Appeal 2- Joyland Wheelchair Appeal
In the autumn of 2019 three of our trustees, Richard Whitmore, Patricia Owen and Philip Northwood visited Kenya to review some of our previously funded projects, to look at prospective projects and to connect face to face with The Salvation Army in Kenya.
During this 10 day visit we were taken to a School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kibos, just outside Kisumu in western Kenya.
This site hosts both a Primary and a Secondary School. We were privileged to meet with the Head Teachers of both schools and meet with a number of the students. We witnessed first-hand the conditions in which the schools operate and the financial difficulties they have. Both Head Teachers shared with us that one of their biggest issues was with the supply of Braille paper for the students.
On our return to the UK, Patricia and Philip both decided to approach their respective Salvation Army Churches; Birmingham Citadel in Patricia’s case and Bedford Congress Hall in Philip’s, with a request for a fundraising project specifically to supply Braille paper to the Kibos Schools and for the Likoni School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Mombasa in eastern Kenya.
Both churches readily agreed and the Christmas Appeal 2019 in Birmingham and the Christmas Card Board project in Bedford were given over to raise funds for this project.
The Birmingham appeal is an annual appeal which focuses on items needed within the Salvation Army world such as solar lamps, desks or in this case reams of Braille paper.
At Bedford church members can opt to send one card to the church members in lieu of individual cards. The money saved is given as a donation. Their ‘corporate’ card is displayed on the communal Christmas card board.
Together we are pleased to report that just over £1,500 was raised by both churches to support the appeal and we were able to send £750 to both Kibos and Likoni Schools for the Blind.
We are grateful to the members of our respective churches for their support in this way and pleased to report that the money has been received and the paper will be purchased in time for the next school year.
To read more and see pictures of the Kibos schools please go to the Project Data Sheet page of our website and see the specific Data Sheet or click here: Braille Paper Data Sheet.
Links to the relevant Salvation Army churches are below:
Bringing Joy to Joyland
Recently, The Kenya Trust ran a successful campaign across Facebook and via local Salvation Army corps (churches) in the UK and raised over £5,000 specifically to buy personally adapted wheelchairs, for children with severe disabilities at the Joyland Primary School for the Physically Disabled run by The Salvation Army in Kenya.
Joyland, founded by The Salvation Army in 1974 as a rehabilitation centre and school in Kisumu, western Kenya, offers vocational courses including tailoring and farming as well as life skills.
Almost all students live on site in dormitories because of the great distance to their homes and families. A total of 250 students live, eat, study and work together.
The school serves students with a variety of needs, including those with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, mental illness, spina bifida, epilepsy and those who have been injured. Those with multiple disabilities find support and fellowship at Joyland.
Original equipment is now well beyond its end-of-life and in desperate need of replacement.
With the generous support of many donors the Trust has been able to fund the full request for 15 new wheelchairs and have a contingency fund to cover essential maintenance into the future.