Some letters from our children…

Dear Mama Hanne and Baba Ted

First and foremost I would like to thank you for all good things you have done for us in order to be in high school. I even thank you for the food and clothing that you have provided us with I am grateful for every thing and may Good bless the good work of  your hands. Here in high school I enjoy the life well, I have made friends with my class mates. I have even exploited my talent in my extra curricular activities and also academically. I promise to work to my ability to achieve my goals in life and to leave high school better than I found it. Finally I would like to thank you for the love and support you have given us may God bless you.

Yours faithful, Moses Kamau


To: Mother Hanne

Hi mummy, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the things you have done to me.

First thank you for paying my school fees so that I can get better education. The school I went to is so good and as for me I don’t see any thing bad there. The climate is friendly, the diet is good and the system of teaching is very high. All the things that you provide to me are very useful and good including food and clothing. From the very day that you accepted me, I started seeing a bright future ahead of me. May you continue with the same spirit and God bless you for your kindness.

Love from Sharon Jerotich


Dear Mama Hanne and Baba Ted,

Just a note to say a big thank you for giving us such a fabulous time at your place. Back here in Kenya during the April holiday. All of us were very much pleased to be there and we extremely enjoyed ourselves.

I’ll never forget the moment we went riding bicycles and I got my toe hurt in the process. I think that is why I’ve learnt to ride bicycles now!! My toe ached for a few days, but it was worth it for the fantastic moment we all had. Thanks to Mama Hanne’s first-aid, and I think I will show her method of first aid to all the children in the project when we come home for the August holiday. The food we ate was a delicacy and I really enjoyed the moment the girls went cooking in the kitchen. Remember everyone congratulated us at the table and it felt very great to be called a good cook!!

We are on midterm break; everything is okay and in place except for the fact that we miss you a lot! We long for the moments you spent with us and we can’t wait for the day you’ll all come back in November. Otherwise we are very happy to be home, but unfortunately not all of us are here. Faith is fairing on well in her new school and I am very happy for her. She went back

to school on 16th June after their midterm.

How are Alexandra and Tommy? Pass our warm greetings to them and tell them that we are very grateful for all that they are doing to make us progress well. We also send little prince Sebastian lots of hugs and kisses from everyone,(he can imagine how many they are!!). I wish you all the best in your lives and I know that the Almighty will guide you in all you lay your hands on.
Remember that there are people back here in this land, at the far side of the world who really really love you and are grateful for all you provide for us.

Have a joyous time with your family and friends. I miss you a lot. Goodbye!!

Your loving daughter, Mercy Achieng


Hi, how are you? Hoping against hope that you are okay and doing fine, as we all do. My main aim of writing is to communicate to you about my progress at the Informal Sector Business Institute course and how the Hanne Howard project is being run.

To start with, I will like to convey a lot of greetings from all your kids and my two twin brothers at large. On education at the ISBI centre, at the moment I completed the compulsory topics which includes; B/S management, Marketing, Life skills, Networking and Basic accounting. We started the choice courses, now am attending office management classes in the Eastland’s centre. I’m also continuing with the computer lessons which will come to completion by July 7th God willing. The course has helped me gain a lot of confidence and knowledge which I was lacking.

On the other side in the project, I’ve not been that regular, because am always coming from school very late, but am helping Teacher Duncan with Computer lessons and Co-curriculum activities. The kids are very happy and Joyful, thus this makes our work easier everyday. After the end of the Samsung Real Dreams Course, we are expected to attend a two and a half months Internship which will be closely monitored by the Center’s director.

I am looking forward to completing the long course and getting something out off it. Thanks once again for placing me in the Samsung Real Dreams Course and may God bless all your endeavors back there in Canada. We are praying to God to abundantly bless all the works you and Baba Teddy are doing to improve our lives. In conclusion, I would like to wish you and Baba Teddy a wonderful season
in Canada and always know that we are all healthy and we love you very much.

Fondly, Kennedy Otieno


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