Greetings from the Akili Trustees and many thanks for all the support and encouragement you give to our work in Kenya. This is a short update – more details are always on our website.
The Annual Report for 2010-11 for the Charity Commission is now on the website and copies are also available by email, so let me know if you wish to receive one. This report covers some of the highlights of that accounting year and includes plans for the future as well as the financial summaries.
We are really pleased to let you know some good news about our first bursary students.
Lawrence has now started at Kabianga University where he will be studying for a BSc in Environmental Health, so he is really pleased.
Daniel, Claris’s father sent us the following message:
My wife Rose and I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the great effort and kindness that you showed towards her fee payment. It is through that kind consideration that this girl came out with a ‘concentrated’ C+ grade in her final examination. Thanks greatly!
Her ambition has been to be a nurse. She has already applied for the course and we are expecting a calling letter to train for three and a half years by August 2012.
Collaboration with DOT Kenya
We are proud to let you know that Kakuyuni library has become a local base for the work of DOT Kenya in the region. Their mission is to ‘connect people with technology, providing the tools and enabling the local capacity to drive the creation of sustainable, economic and educational change’. They focus on using ICT skills to build the ‘entrepreneurial, career and life skills of young people in rural and marginalized communities’. The library has reported on a considerably increased usage for both books and computers as a result of this programme – and have asked for additional chairs to try to meet this demand!
We are planning our next visit in October 2012. It has been some time since the last one as large areas of Coast Province have been within the Foreign Office embargo on travel because of the continuing problems with Somalia. We are already working on our agenda for this visit and are really pleased that we will be able to see for ourselves the work that has been done in both of the existing libraries and in setting up the new library at Canon Mweri Secondary School.
Poet and author Cheryl Moskowitz is coming with us and is planning writing workshops for the students in both schools.
We are delighted with the new collaboration we have with this school. They have adopted Akili as one of their charities for this year and are involved in Cheryl’s writing project, with the children working on books about their lives for us to take to Kenya.
We now have school assembly resources that we can deliver for schools interested in finding out about our work or about life in Kenya.
OPERA, or do you prefer JAZZ and BLUES?
There are plans afoot for Akili supporters of all musical tastes in the coming months, including another Jazz evening at Lauderdale House.
Our next very special fundraising evening is an ITALIAN OPERATIC DINNER with professional singers to be held at Hampstead Golf Club on November 10th 2012. We will be sending another newsletter at the beginning of September with more information and booking details, but you may wish to put the date in your diary.
We would not be able to do our work without your support.
Please continue with your funding, however small the amount, whether as one off donations or standing orders. We are also interested in encouraging others to hold fundraising events and will be happy to support you with resources and ideas. Some of you have done big sponsored activities like marathons and runs, but it is possible that you have another interest that could be developed into a smaller fundraising activity – coffee mornings, golf rounds, sales of goods etc.
Have a think about what you might be able to do to help us with our work in Kenya.