Were you there?…. Well let me tell you that if you didn’t manage to make it to this fabulous event, oh boy did you miss a fantastic night! Many many thanks to all those who came, to those who provided the ‘Course’ and delicious ‘Nose Bag’; The Assembly Rooms in Lincoln’s Bailgate, to those who sponsored the ‘Classics, Chases, Derby’s, Trophy’s, Hurdles and Cups’ as shown in the little slideshow below and finally to those of you who donated your hard earned ‘Pony’s’ for a well deserving cause… we raised over a massive £1500!! A huge thank you also goes to these three ladies; Laura Scott, Debra Jacklin and her family and Jenny Gorton without whose efforts the night would not have ‘run the course’ ;o)
Seven graduates from Junior Leaders course number 15 have been awarded a John Thornton Young Achievers Award Bursary to help Patchworking Against Poverty on this years trip in August. The Junior Leader’s graduated on course number 15 this week, after a seven day ‘Test Week’ spent in the field experiencing amazing leadership training exercises and rather hefty endurance levels…although the weather was kind of good this week! The seven lucky individuals will be immersed into life in Kenya; putting the skills they have just honed over the last 9 months to good use and assist Laura with the work planned for the clinic. They will eat, sleep and live in Kissi for almost three weeks. We will be following their stay both here on the website and on our Facebook page.
Evans works hard both as a Pharmacist and for Patchworking Against Poverty. We’ve asked him to send us updates from Kenya on things that have been transformed with the help of you and those who support PAP in other ways. This is his first dispatch…
“Patchworking has helped transform Wema hospital from a normal clinic in the slum to having one of the most beautiful appearances with an enabling environment for patients and staff. Like the story of drainage that helped transform our backyard from a muddy field to the new look. water easily drains hence no more danger of mosquitoes and unhygienic environment for the patients.”
Dr George is originally from Kisii and now lives in the second largest slum in Kenya- Kawangare, Nairobi. He devotes his life to serving the local community in Kawangare, barely earning a wage from working in Wema he uses his rare time off to work as a surgeon in the bigger towns to earn enough money to feed his family.
Dr Evans lives and works as a Pharmacist in Nairobi. We were introduced to him through Dr George at Wema Hospital in 2012. Since then he has been a valued member of the team using his knowledge and contacts to help us along the way. Whilst we are back in the UK busy raising money for our next ventures Evans is busy building and maintaining relationships in Kenya.
This is not one to be missed!
Its a race night with a difference, there are no TV screens! We do have wooden horses, you can meet the jockeys in person, see how the jockeys overcome their handicaps, get stuck in to a lovely home cooked dinner and you could even leave having won some dollar…what more could you want!
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Preparation is already under way for Kenya 2014.
Are you up for it?!
To whet your appetite with where we’re starting out this year check out the poster below and get your fingers tapping on that keyboard with a message to us! ;o)
We’re looking for new friends; Heroes and Heroines just like you…well we guess you’ve found yourself here for a reason… if you can offer even the smallest amount of help we’d really love to hear from you. If you can help with providing some of the things on the lists above get in touch and we’ll give you details of drop off points and help you lighten your load! Every little helps and there will be far more people than us who will be so grateful for your donations….so get in those closets and clear them out for Spring!
What an amazing trip out to Kenya we had this year, check out the photos and if you are interested in coming along next year we would love to hear from you, please inbox for more details.
An awesome medical camp! Over 4500 patients seen in 6 days in 6 locations in Kisii.
During the camp we….
- Sponsored numerous patients for diabetes and hypertension.
- Provided 100’s of people with new glasses
- Removed 100’s of rotten teeth
- Sent 11 patients to the Lions Eye Hospital in Nairobi to have cataract operations
- Delivered 2 baby’s
- De-wormed 6 schools of children
- Educated schools of children and women about sexual health and rape Provided over 300 years of contraception amongst the patients
Over 45 chairs were bought for the children at Kisii Children’s Home, this is home to our re-homed orphans from last years medical camp. All of the children looked well and happy. Thanks to the sponsorship throughout the last year their up keep and school fees were paid for 2013 and 2014.
We bought Brian (who has been disabled from polio and was previously homeless) a wheelchair. The oldest boy we re-homed (Duke) has been doing so well at school he needed to move to a better school so we ensured his extra school fees were paid so he can now go and receive a better education.
60+ pairs of shoes bought for the entire orphanage and woolyjumpers were given to the baby orphans there.
Wema looked amazing after a complete renovation and there is now running water. We raised the level of the yard and put in a drainage system. This was important as the yard was currently getting flooded during bad periods of rain.
We elevated the water tank, providing water pressure so there is now a flushing toilet, running taps and a shower inside Wema!
During the renovation the old store was demolished as it was falling apart and a new store was made.
Wema also received a new examination room, which has been named the John Thornton Assessment Centre. It was painted and made ready to use as a room in the yard of Wema. This will hopefully one day provide the space they need for an x-ray machine.
When we arrived in Kenya we visited Graces Care Centre, to find they were told by the government they would have to close should they not be able to fund having the kitchen retiled and a new stainless steel work top fitted. We were able to provide them with a newly tiled kitchen and a new work top this year, as well as kitting out some new classrooms with school desks in time for the new term starting in September. The orphans and school children who attend Grace’s Care Centre/Lighthouse Grace Academy are very happy they can remain there now too.
This has been such a successful year, thank you all so much for your donations this year and last, it’s truly amazing what you have done for these people who benefit…..THANK YOU!
Big thank you to Flight sergeant Gerry Moss and his colleagues for raising money throughout the year. They managed to raise over £750 for Patchworking Against Poverty!
Doug Scott and Rod Johnson have put on their bests on a Sunday morning to head down to a car boot sale and they raised enough money to buy a new fridge for Wema Clinic’s lab! The old fridge was old, falling apart and unhygienic. This new addition to Wema was gratefully received by Joshua and the team there.
The trip to Kenya this year has kicked of to a great start, 6 days in and work on Wema has been huge. When it rains in Kenya it rains and the clinic gets flooded outside the wards making it almost impassable from one ward to another as they have to walk outside to access each ward. We have now cleared the whole yard, had tons of hardcore delivered ready to put in place a drainage system.
One this has been completed construction of a new store and kitchen will commence. Wema will also have a raised water tank to enable water pressure so a shower can be inserted and the toilet an flush.
Wema Clinic is under scrutiny from the government and last year we completed all the government requirements to save Wema being forced to shut down, all bar a sluice, this year we have agreed to fund a sluice to be put into the maternity ward.
The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation have solely funded a mobile ward at Wema. We have imported a freight container and it is currently being transformed into a mobile ward in Wema’s yard. It is to be named after John Thornton.
Grace’s Care Centre/Lighthouse Academy needed their kitchen replacing due to government requirements once again they were threatened with closure if this was not done, we have now ripped out the kitchen and tiling has begun and hopefully in a few days they will have a shiny new kitchen to enjoy.
All of this would not be possible without the people to help here in Kenya, so far this year I have had the pleasure of
Nor would it be possible without the support from the UK, so thank you!
After re-homing the orphans we came across last year at Kisii Medical camp we have had a sponsorship programme running for the past 10 months, we have now paid their school fees for the year. One of the orphans was a little man called Brian, he is disabled through Polio and thankfully due to money raised Brian now has a new wheelchair, so he no longer has to rely on anyone to do the simplest of things for him, he has his own independence!
Lions eye hospital in Nairobi have agreed to perform free cataract operations on anyone we find to need one at Kisii Medical camp, we only need to provide their transport. They have also agreed to give us tested spectacles to give out at Kisii Medical Camp 2013. To be able to give only one person the gift of sight would have made this whole trip for me, to be able to offer this to more than one is amazing, for this there will never be enough thanks.
Marie Stopes is an international family planning service, they have kindly donated contraception so we are able to give health advice, offer contraception and family planning advice to the patients who attend Kisii Medical Camp 2013. Thank you Marie Stopes.
Holly is a friend and trustee of the charity, and in January she lost her spleen after a snowboarding accident. This amazingly has not put her off anything! Her determination and motivation has meant she has trained hard (despite having to recover from major surgery) for the Edinburgh Marathon along with her fella Sam. The marathon takes place on 26th May 2013, and although we can not be there to support them both we wish them all the best and appreciate all the effort they have put into training!
They are raising money to support Patchworking Against Poverty and if you would like to show your support for them please use this link… www.virginmoneygiving.com/
On the 25th May Sadie and Lara will be taking on the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge! It’s a gruelling 25 mile circuit over rocky tracks, boggy areas to conquer the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. The first peak, Pen-y-Ghent is 694m/2277ft, followed by Whernside 736m/2415ft and finished with Ingleborough 723m 2372ft. The challenge is to complete this in just 12 hours!
Sponsor Sadie and Lara at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/sadiesutcliffe