All kids love their director Anna Wambua

Anna Wambua has been working with the community in Bombolulu for many years before starting Cecil Kids 8 years ago. Her daughter Catherine helped her to buy a plot of land and she started there with a mud building and voluntary teachers. She did a study early childhood education and became one of the teachers. She worked hard to find sponsors who helped her to build a stone building, to pay teacher salaries, buy books, uniforms, etc. etc. This summer holiday she’s been to college again to learn new teaching methodology. In the weekends she can often be found in the community, visiting children and their parents, counselling, looking for people who are willing to work and helping them to start something. The children love her and it’s often difficult to stop them for coming to school in the holidays.

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Cecil Kids Prize Giving Day

The Cecil Kids Prize Giving Day was a blast. It was crowned by a birthday which made the day extra special.

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2 Months Left!

Our project to drill a water borehole for Cecil Kids will be on the 1%club website until October 26. 1%Club has new procedures which give projects 6 months to collect money on their website. We have been on their website for four months now, so there are two months left. The good news is that already 19 people made donations to this project! In total, they contributed 650 euros. Help us to collect the rest of the money! Donate now on:

http://www.1procentclub.nl/projects/cecilkids

or share our posts on facebook!

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Youth is making bags and learning charts from waste and learns about HIV/AIDS

Woooooooouuuuuuuhhhh, how nice it is to be a member of this youth group of ours!

It is with some of the money that was donated by our wonderful sponsors that we started making detergent soap and jik stain remover. The soap can be used to wash cloths and utensils. From the profit, we are taking two of our members to learn how to make polythene paperbags. Then the two will show the great plans in december. We wil give you details about the december surprise.

Just yesterday, our members had the chance to make products from waste. For example, we made Learning charts from old boxes. Very nice! Soon we will post picture on the website to share the ideas with you.

Last week, we visited the National Aids Control Council (NACC) and, you know what, from the good job we do in creating HIV/AIDS awareness the NACC office gave us lots of usefuly AIDS related materials.

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Drinking Water at Cecil Kids

The water we use for cleaning, washing hands etc. is not suitable for drinking. We buy separate drinking water, also in jerrycans: 4 to 5 per week. It is only possible to buy drinking water on Thursdays and Saturdays because of a shortage. We add a couple of drops of Waterguard to the water to be sure that the water is safe to drink. Waterguard contains chlorine which kills bacteria that can cause diarrhea or cholera. It is distributed for free. When we have our own borehole, we won’t need to buy water anymore and we will even earn money by selling it.

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How we use water at Cecil Kids

Every day, Njeri walks to a house with a borehole to buy six jerry cans of water. She uses some of the water for cooking lunch for the children and teachers. Before eating, water is used by everybody to wash their hands. After eating, they wash their hands again. After that, more water is used to wash the dishes. All day long, water is used for the toilets (for rinsing and flushing). We clean at the end of the day, again using water. Six jerry cans is just enough.

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The place where we buy water is open again!

Fetching water for Cecil Kids at a house with a borehole

Njeri the cook wakes up early every morning to go and fetch water to cook for the children. The place where she normally gets water was closed for two weeks but is now open again. We don’t know why the place was closed for so long. It closes more often but usually just for one day.

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Youth group visits UPINDE children center

Last Saturday, our youth group visited UPINDE children center. We did cleaning and feeding of the little kids. It was so much fun! God, those kids are lovely. Both Tammi and Patrick (Directors at UPINDE) appreciated our visit. More updates to come.

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Education officer excited about Cecil Kids

Good news from Municipal Education Officer, she visited our school and she said that “this school is the best as compared to the other schools, congratulations” We are very happy and said in our hearts, all these comes from our donors who really supports us generously.

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Since two weeks we are having problems buying water

The place where we buy water in jerricans has been closed. Last two weeks the children did not get water to wash their hands before lunch, which is really concerning. The children eat with their hands so if they don’t wash their hands before eating they can get dangerous diseases.

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Cecil Kids on Facebook

You can now also find Cecil Kids on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/cecilkidskenya

From now on you’ll find all the latest news, pictures and videos from Cecil Kids also there. You can also comment on all posts, photos, etc. “Like” the page to stay updated about the kindergarten, youth group, widows projects and the water borehole project “Nooit meer blut… dankzij een waterput”.

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Water at school

There are no water taps at Cecil Kids. The plastic containers are used to store water that is bought somewhere else.

In large parts of Mombasa there is no water supply. In Bombolulu, where our school is, water is a big problem. People have to walk every day to fetch water. Also children. In the hot Kenyan sun that is not easy. They buy water at houses that have a borehole. When there is not enough water, not everybody can buy fresh water because it becomes too expensive. Sometimes they have to drink salty water, which is cheaper, and normally only used for cleaning.

The houses around Cecil Kids need a lot of water and will also be helped by our borehole.

We want to get clean drinking water from the ground by making a borehole. A borehole is a drilled well. An electric pump will pump water through the borehole up to a water tank. We will put this tank on top of the roof of the school shop. A pipe and a water tap will be connected to the tank. When we have this borehole, the children will have enough water to drink. We need of course also water for cooking lunch for the children, for cleaning, flushing toilets, etc.

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Appreciation

I thank all the donors and appreciate each and every one of them for assisting the children who will be the future leaders, teachers salaries and books. The community appreciates the donations given from betterplace.org which has contributed a great change within the environment. The children did not have electricity nor a conducive learning environment, but now the children are healthy, happy and bright. May I take this opportunity to thank Leo for his commitment to see the children get borehole water which is a big challenge in our locality. I also want to assure all the donors that all donations given are utilized for their intended purpose.

Thank you and God bless you,
Anna

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Youth group progress

I take this opportunity to thank you all for the money you donated to us. We have managed to take our members to different trainings. I am happy to inform you that three of our members have been chosen to work as peer educators in the environment project in our constituency(Kisauni). We will send you the photos of those three peer educators. Thanks to all. We apreciate your support. We are working hard to enlighten the commuity around us.

Jemima, one of the chosen peer educators and chair person of Cecil Mkunguni Youth Group

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New project online

We started fundraising for a new project. We are going to drill a bore hole to provide the school with clean drinking water. We will also sell water in order to raise funds for the school. Teachers and children are already very excited about this prospect. It will really make a big difference for the school!

You can see the project on the following website:

You can contribute to this project in different ways:

1. You can make a donation. Every small amount is very helpful!

2. You can make an account on Onepercentclub (by clicking “join”) and then vote for our project on the project website.

3. You can write a testimonial. After making an account, go to the project website, click “testimonials” and “write a testimonial”.

4. You can share the link www.onepercentclub.com/projects/cecilkids on facebook or twitter, or via email.

5. You can always contact us with ideas or suggestions.

Let’s make this a successful project!

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