Thank you to everyone who helped us raise funds to repair the dormitory roof making it possible to send the money before the end of January. Nasoro arranged the work to be started as soon as we said we had raised the money and new corrugated sheets were fitted early in February.
This year we are having the boys toilets renovated when the boys are at home in June, work will start on the outside jobs as soon as the rains are over so that once the boys are away the internal work can be started. There will be 4 new toilet cubicles, each with a shower/wash area and a wide doorway so the wheelchairs can go in
Last year for the first time vegetables were grown successfully so this year a much larger area has been prepared. When the boys toilet and showers have been refurbished the used shower water will drain into a separate tank and then used for watering the vegetables. The hope is that by using grey water the growing season can be extended and the centre will have sufficient for its needs all year.
At the shamba (farm) SimSim an oil plant is being grown this year. We hope the yield is good and it can be sold to raise money to help towards the centre’s running costs. The centre relies on rain for the crops and so yields cannot be guaranteed. Last year a water survey showed underground water. Tenders to drill a borehole have now been received. The cost to drill the hole and test the quality of the water is £25,000, the pump security house and irrigation system will be an additional £15,000 plus. We have £14,000 towards this and hope to be able to get the extra £13,000 before September so we can get the borehole drilled this year.
To help get us started Julian West, John Woodward and Hugh Bradford (who worked at Kwa Mkono 20 years ago) are calling themselves The Alfa Males and entering the Monte Carlo or Bust car rally in June. To find out more or to support them go to http://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/thealfamales.
Omari has sent us his life story.
Our thanks to the charity Polio Children for paying for the secondary education of Omari and the other children at the centre who go to secondary school.
This is history of my life.
My name is Omari Rashidi. I am 22 years old, I come from Mumbwi village and I live at KwaMkono Polio Hostel.
I live with my mother only because my father dead long time ago, I have one brother who is Hassan and one sister Maliamu.
I’m here (polio hostel) since 2008. I’m start primary school standard one to seven, during I’m standard seven I was study hard which make me to pass my standard seven examination which make me go to secondary school. I start from form one to three and now form four. For this time I have knowledge of school which it help me in daily life. All this have be with assist of father Keith and mother Lesley.
Before coming here I was no able to walk, now I can walk for using crutches, I have knowledge of school.
Hostel polio this is causes of my success, it help me to get various services such as clothes, food, crutches, health better, books, pen which help me get better education.
I was very happy but I want get knowledge of carpenter and be professional people like my teacher Nasoro and to open my office, this it can be through you.
Lastly I want to congratulate father Keith and mother Lesley for their assist of us.
May God Bless you
May God increase your success.
Thanks for these. Omari Rashidi.
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