The past twelve months has been very productive at the orphanage, yes yet again we have had our highs & lows but there has been so many more highs. Jackie has settled in so well and has become a very competent manager, the House Mother and House Aunties have given 110% to the project and for that we are eternally grateful. There has been a few problem with the Shamba (farm), see my Swahili is improving, but our new Farm Manager David seems very focused and with the help of Onesmus and Justin we are confident that they will succeed.

Kevin & myself were unable to be in Kenya for Christmas 2009 as our second grandchild Ruby Claire made an entrance to this world on Christmas Eve so we left the orphanage festivities in the very capable hands of Jackie & Co. and boy did they give the children a wonderful day with the help of donations from Tom Howley and Jane Howarth & staff & children from Goodeshaw Kindergarden In Crawshawbooth, Lancs.

Our very good friends who live in Vipingo, Evan & Diane, gave up their Christmas Day going to The Good Life to take photographs so all our supporters could see them on the blog. They also picked up young ladies from SUFFOLK who were staying at Sun n Sands, the girls came laid with gifts to the children as well, our own personal Maji!!! Father Christmas although very busy made an appearance at 12.00 midday when each of the thirty-six children received their own present. After that a feast fit for the Maji along with face painting and other activities, the staff and children had a wonderful day thanks to the kindness of our supporters and Evan & Diane Thanks for your time xx

We know that without the orphanage the majority of these children would not have survived to enjoy a wonderful Christmas and we are so grateful for your continuing support. Along with looking after the thirty-six children, we also employ twelve staff who support their families from the wages we pay. With every penny you donate, it is making a difference to so many,