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Season's greetings!

Thank you very much for supporting WVP Kenya and making 2012 such a successful year. We hope you have a great holiday wish you all the best for 2013. This week we held our annual Christmas tournament. Over three days we brought together 14 sports clubs and facilitated football and netball tournaments attracting up to 800 spectators. With the holiday spirits high, new friendships were developed and existing friendships were strengthened.

Masinya Health Centre

Over the past few years we have, in partnership with the the Masinya Community Health Project and the Constituency Development Fund of Kenya, been constructing a community health centre in the Aila community of Bondo. The community has a population of just over 4,000 people and without accessible health care. In 2008, we constructed a community pharmacy on the grounds, distributing life-saving drugs inexpensively.

The local community group decided to expand these activities and took initiative to construct additional rooms to the pharmacy. Today the facility has 8 rooms and is near completion. The health centre is currently being used by The Ministry of Health for outreach services (e.g., vaccinations of children). We do however hope to have a permanent doctor at the facility. The Ministry of Health in Bondo has confirmed that they will staff the facility if we build staff quarters for them to live in, which comes at a cost of £15,000. Please help us bring a doctor to this community. Pledge a donation here.

Orphan competent schools

In November we were notified by the Lessons for Life Foundation that our proposal to pilot a new project to build more supportive school environments for orphaned and vulnerable children was approved. The project falls within our Education and Vocational Training programme. In 2013 we will work with three rural primary schools located in a areas particularly hard hit by HIV. We will mobilise the schools and their surrounding communities and strengthen partnerships between local community groups and the schools. We will train teachers to be better equipped at addressing the unique needs of orphaned and vulnerable children, and encourage the schools to be more flexible and inclusive to orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC). More importantly we will provide each school with a substantial an 'OVC-fund' - allowing a school-community committee to subsidize the school levies of the neediest children, as well as buying them books, pens, uniforms and other required school materials. In facilitating this process we hope to integrate our social welfare provision into existing structures. We hope improve the school attendance and performance of 300 children through this pilot project.

In addition to funding this pilot project, the Lessons for Life Foundation also agreed to fund the secondary school education of 40 of our graduating primary school scholars and to fund the college or university education of 13 of our secondary school graduates.   

Other news

Here's a sneak preview of the recently-completed poultry house built by a community social business we're supporting in Beluso, Western Kenya. The profits from the chickens and eggs will be used to improve care for orphaned and vulnerable children living locally. Chicken prices go up at Christmas time so the group is looking forward to selling some of its produce in this festive season. Read more about our community livelihood initiatives here.

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UK Trust News

Up for a challenge?

We are a registered charity for the London to Brighton Challenge, a 100km walk / cycle ride taking place in May 2013. If you're interested in taking part, please contact Katharine on k.bolton@wvpkenya.org.uk, or visit the challenge website. A little really does go a long way in Kenya, so please do consider us for your Charity of choice if you are thinking of taking part in any challenges like this.

Simon wins Award

Our very own Trustee, Simon Chignell, received the PwC 2012 Blueprint Volunteering Excellence Award for 'Innovative Use of Skills. The judging panel chose Simon for his work and commitment to support the financial and operational capacity of WVP Kenya. The award came with £3,000 to WVP Kenya. We would like to thank Simon and congratulate him for this achievement.

Isla Rowland (left), WVP Kenya Trustee, at the Award Ceremony on behalf of Simon.

Local fundraising

Dorridge Methodist Church have nominated us as their charity of the year. One of our trustees, Katharine, went along to the launch event in September to tell them a bit about our programmes, and the response from the congregation was fantastic. So far they have been concentrating on raising money for communities to purchase chickens and goats for income generating activities. All the children in the church were given an egg box, and given a target of £4 to collect which would buy a chicken. The church have raised £300 so far and still going strong, so we're really excited about this fundraising opportunity. It's great to see people so inspired by our work! 

On World AIDS Day, Saturday 1 December, Marlene Richter gave a free piano concert at United World College Red Cross Nordic in Noway - her former high school. Given the concert was free, the Youth for AIDS Awareness (YAA) group at the college encouraged small donations and nominated WVP Kenya to be the recipient of the donations. The concert, the generosity of the concert-goes and the efforts of the YAA group raised £420, which we will use to take a child through primary school and to buy goats and other household assets to children who care for their sick parents.

We greatly appreciate these youth for youth initiatives.     

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