Written by Hanne Howard

To our dear friends and supporters,

I am writing to you on a warm and sunny Christmas Day in Nairobi, a welcome respite from the nightly downpours that  persistently flood much of our compound!   Unfortunately, the forces of nature, the surrounding development and gravity continue to conspire against us. Serious trenching and more fill could provide a solution but getting our landlord and the neighbouring landlords to agree on a plan (that could benefit all of them but cost them some money) has so far proven difficult.  Life in a slum!!

On a brighter note—Ted and I left the Project yesterday afternoon with the Hostel mother, Alice and Mercy (our two University girls) in charge for the next few days as the rest of our staff travels up country for a much deserved rest.  Alice is also responsible of the holiday program to ensure that the kids are constructively engaged but also having fun.  Thanks to the generosity of the Hardie family in Dubai, there was extra money in the kitty for the 35 hostel kids to enjoy a special Christmas breakfast of eggs and sausages (Alice was keen to show off her new culinary skills – part of her Hotel Management training) and a hearty lunch/dinner of kuku/chicken, meat and chapatis (when asked to choose between chapatis (a type of flat bread) and ice-cream, chapatis won by a huge margin)!

Apart from our fun Christmas celebrations, I am so excited to share with you some of our biggest achievements of 2012. Since there is much to report on, I have prepared a letter for you that is available as a PDF below. I hope you will take a moment to read about all the significant milestones and improvements that, with your amazing help, we have enjoyed throughout the course of the year! For me, these wonderful achievements make this huge effort worthwhile and I hope you will feel the same way. Happy New Year and we wish you all the best for 2013!

Mama Hanne’s 2012 Update Letter to Donors


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