Nairobi. Kenya. December 13th, 2009
|Name||Zion Assembly Church of God|
|Aim||Children’s Rights Sensitizing and Sustainable Feeding Program|
|Staff||12 people were assisting us|
|People reached||about 200 children attented the event|
|Contact||Pastor Michael Alanya|
|Donation||4,000 KES (53 USD)|
It seems like a miracle to me that there are 200 children waiting for us as we arrive in the church near Soweto, Nairobi. The minister and his wife, and all the other church members involved have done a great job that fills our hearts with gratitude. Without any form of bureaucracy they had managed to gather all those kids in the church, and were entertaining them until our somewhat delayed arrival.
I have paid for a simple meal of beans and rice, and they like it. They had worked very efficiently. Willys and I also have a bite and it is delicious indeed.
Some of the small children have to go home earlier, because it is dangerous for them to travel after sunset. So we start the movie straight away and, like the last time, it is a big success. We pause the movie after about twenty minutes to do the sensitizing role play. I put on my sunglasses and wrap myself in Willys’ graduation gown to look like the mean abusive uncle I impersonate. I tell the kid she is a liar – and “slap” her (I jam the microphone against my thighs); I tell her she is lazy – and hit her again. Then I leave and come back drunk, harassing the child because she just stands in the way. There is a witness, and she tells her story to the relevant authorities. After we have shown the official procedure I am arrested and thrown in the corner. Big applause. The awareness program seems to be a success.
|Not from rice alone…|
We continue the movie, and as daylight slowly dims, the concentration raised and many a child was laughing about the funny creatures on the screen. We could not finish the movie for safety reasons: the children have to be home before darkness. Everybody has a great time and we see the children off as they are taken home in a packed matatu. By that time, I have shaken close to a hundred hands.
I have a dream. If 52 travelers do this each year, it will be a sustainable weekly event, something for the children to live up to, and something that leaves a lasting impression on their souls.
|Kamiel plays a bad uncle|
Vision for the lost souls, Nairobi
|Name||Vision for the lost souls ministries, Ciangombé, Nairobi, Kenya|
|Aim||to offer a perspective to the children in the Ciangombé slum|
|People reached||83 pupils learn in the school, 20 are resident and 28 live in an associated shelter; 187 children attend our sensitizing session
50,000 people live in the community
PO Box 283-00300
|Donation||17,000 KES (225 USD)|
Duncan Ndegwa’s mission is to offer a perspective to the children in the Ciangombé slum of Nairobi. Every morning he brings 28 children to the school here using an old van. He sold he fancy car last year to finance the project.
For sustainable funding, this school is dependent on the contributions of church members, parents, and the proceedings from his own concerts as a gospel musician.
Duncan is glad to show me around the compound, pointing out the urgent needs and the work that has already been done. We walk over the wet muddy ground and I smile at the many children cheering at me “how are you?” I follow Duncan and ask some questions as we go along.
The compound consists of the orphanage called “208 Children Care”. Currently there are 28 children resident. The actual school is called “Deys Junior Academy”. They have recently purchased a plot for a new building to accommodate orphans, but are waiting for the funding to erect it (about 10,000 USD). Currently, orphans live in the families of church members, but it is a burden for those families and they aren’t able to accommodate them in the long run. The same applies to a classroom, that has to be plastered and furnitured (500 USD).
My budget doesn’t allow me to give substantial support for the housing issue, but I offer to buy some sets of schoolbooks because in some classes they are simply lacking. This will be my prime donation to the school.
Meanwhile, 187 children have gathered in the church (imagine a large iron plate hall with a gable roof and a wooden cross on the wall) and we start our show. Willys does a good job once again sensitizing them about their rights. We incorporate a role play this time, and I willingly play the part of the bad uncle trying to create a visual and lasting illustration of what we call child abuse, and the actual abusers most probably label “discipline measure” or “just punishment”. A child volunteers to be “abused” by me and I pretend slapping him by moving my hand towards him and spanking my own thighs. Our event is a great success, even before we hand out sweets and show an attractive children movie.
We will be back to repeat this event even bigger. Three hundred children fit in the church…
|With Willys and the children|
Groups for Peace, Ramallah, Palestine
The Groups for Peace is a grassroots organization promoting the culture of peace by educating the local children through regular sessions.
Charity Travel supports the Peace Groups with a donation and the action “Peace of Fruit”, distributing fruits to school children who express their desire for peace.
|Name||Peace Groups in the West Bank|
|Aim||To organize a grassroots peace movement and make sure the Palestinian children grow up with the culture of peace.|
|Staff||The Center for Peace is run by two men. 20 people (mostly students) volunteer to organize the peace groups.|
|People reached||Each year, 250 children from several villages on the West Bank can take part in the peacegroups.
The school we visit for the Peace of Fruit action has 345 children aged 6-12.
|Contact||anonymous to garantuee their safety. You can contact them via me.
A donation can be made to the following bank account:
Cairo-Aman Bank, account number 3351840562700, Sameer Saleh
Since 2001, there is a Center for Peace in a small Palestinian village on the West Bank, operated by two amazing men who both have suffered from the humiliation and the war, but keep striving for peace. In a small school they have organized Peace Groups and once invited guests from Israel to sit down and talk about the peace. This has already proven effective. This village is very peaceful and is reaching out to the inhabitants of the settlements on the other hill. Unfortunately, the settlers would just shoot them when they enter “their” soil. We strongly support this grassroots peace initiative.
Every year, 130 people from this village go to study in Nablus. Engineering and Finance are popular, but some students pick Political Science because they want to be part of the peace process. We support their transportation to and from the university in Nablus.
Early in the morning I hand over the donation to a student of Political Science, who will make share it with five other students.
Peace of Fruit
We buy fruit for 345 children in the village school for children age 6 to 12. Everybody is helping. There is a truck bringing many crates with fruits from another village, and quick hands put them into 345 little bags, a banana, an apple and an orange for every child. As we drive to the school, a photographer falls from the sky for the second time. It is Lazar, volunteering for the Palestine Monitor and by coincidence in the village to interview the family of a sick child. He offers me to take pictures of the action. So we are welcomed in the school and visit all ten classrooms, where we give every child the fruit. They all smile thankfully, it feels great. I can sense the culture of peace in these moments.
In two classes we ask every child to write “peace” on the blackboard in English or Arabic. They are very enthousiastic about it, and so are we. Thanks to Sami and his groups, these children are growing up in a culture of peace, despite the horrors that happen to many of their relatives. We take a lot of photos of the action.
I call for every visitor to the country of Israel to come to the West Bank, see it with his own eyes and get involved in a similar action. I believe we can make a change together.