In and around Lamu and some of the people we've helped
The old toilet block had been slowly falling further and further into disrepair
It's not every day that you get new facilities built and the event drew a few grateful onlookers!
With the old toilet block removed work could begin on the new facilities
A hot and sweaty job! You have to admire the commitment of the workers to dig a hole this deep
A moment to breathe from the toil and pose for a photo — fantastic work!
Grateful children outside the classroom
Meanwhiel back in the UK Margaret continues her tireless work raising money for the charity at a local car boot sale
Your donations always help our small charity with a big heart! We always appreciate any donations be they monetary or items we can sell at car boots to raise money
Word had spread that Margaret was coming to visit so children came flocking to see her, as Margaret says 'It's wonderful tosee these children again"
The trip gave Margaret the opportunity to visit her grandmother, the lady who inspired her that charity starts at home
The team in Kenya—some are beneficiaries who have received support from St Margaret Life's Hope for the children under their care
An issue regarding administration of the charity had to be resolved on the vist and required a visit to the local Dstrict Officer to sort out
Another beneficiary of the charity's support. A wheelchair bought with your support for Jonah who sadly passed. Paul (above) received the chair from Jonah's mother who nominated him
There are not many vehicles in Kenya. To reach our school project in Shekale a vehicle was required, but it seems regardless of where you are in the world you can always experience gridlock!
Students and parents at Shekale welcome Margaret with some of their traditional songs & dances
Sitting down with students and parents to discuss some of the issues the school faces such as occasional food shortage and pupil absences as a result
On the right is Magdalene, deputy head teacher, responsible for the 3 classes and 3 volunteer teachers at Shekale. She shared problems teachers and pupils face
The visit to Shekale also provided the opportunity to see the progress of a child who had received aid from the charity. Facing possible amputation after a snake bite our medical aid saved the childs limb
The classrooms are makeshift with the teachers having to do their best. Seen here are the teachers belongings—it really brings home their commitment to the pupils
Rebuilding toilet facilities at the school is our current milestone project. The visit highlighted Shekale sits on donated private land thus building a permanent structure may not be the solution
After the tour students in Shekale were delighted to receive books to aid their learning courtesy of the charity
A visit to another school in which the charity assists. The school is in Bahati and once again Margaret was welcomed with songs and dancing
Again, excited crowds of schoolchildren gathered to see Margaret and Kate. Kate has been assisting the charity with Margaret during her Kenya visit
A problem the school faces is keeping children in education throughout the day becaus of lack of food. If food is lacking they disappear into the bush searching for berries and edible leaves
Despite it's appearnce, the school performs well and has been ranked top 20 in 55-60 schools in the region, with teachers receibinh awards and certificates for their good work
Margaret seen here inside one of the classrooms. The charity donated money for the fitting of a metal roof. The additon of another six panels still to be completed
There was plenty of opportunity to see the children and hand out excercise books for them
Some of the children were so keen to show off the skills theyhad learnt, an unprompted demonstration was given by one of the pupils!
Marianne was shy and hid behind the classroom in Bahati. She feared all the excitement of Margarets arrival was a marriage ceremony of which she would be an unwilling bride, a familair story in Kenya
Mary is a beneficiary highlighted to us in early 2015. Dumb, disabled and orphaned at an early age she had aslo been raped and had a vey young baby.
Although Mary delivered a healthy baby girl, she would not be able to take care of her not even breastfeed, but recognises the child as her own and is very affectionate
The charity continues to support Mary and her child
Orphans are a constant in Kenya. The children above reguarly visit Margarets home where they recieve food
This lady looks after 7 orphans. The charity assists her with food and medical aid
Brenda and her sister Winnie are one of the charities longer standind beneficiaries and show what is possible. Brenda is seen here with her grandmother who is a volunteer with the charity
This unfortunate girl was raped and has since had a child. Additionally she is unable to look after hersself or the child as she is mentally disabled.
The child of the mentally dsiable girl is now 6 months old and both depend on our aid.
These 3 orphans are currently receiving aid from the charity
A local makeshift school was badly in need of roofing materials. With help from St Margaret Life's Hope we were able to provide assistance with the galvanised iron roofing sheets.
Another recent roofing project to cover the temporary makeshift kitchen.
These three total orphan children heard about the work of our charity and came to us for assistance. They are currently receiving regular meals with a view to educating them.
Orphaned children are a constant reminder of the hardships that are faced by Kenyan people living on the fringes.
This mother came to us for help treating her disabled child. Kenya has no free national health service with assistance being provided on an ad-hoc basis to those who can afford it.
With our help These excited Wasanya children are among the first of their tribe to be entered into a state run school.
More Wasanya children ready to attend school
Thse children were suffering from parasites which had burrowed into their feet
A bathing treatment paid for by St margaret Life's Hope killed the parasites which could then be removed safely
One of the removed parasites
A doctor works on a childs foot
These orphans currently reside with their grandmother but rely on the charity to provide for them.
What a difference food, support and scholary materials can make! Dennis is a long-term beneficiary of our charity's help and is doing incredibly well.
The St Margaret Life's Hope school kitchen is rudimentary but provides food for our young scholars.
Christmas 2014 saw the suprise delivery of food packages for those under our care.
Winne and Brenda are another 2 of our long term children receiving care and aducation, again showing the difference your money makes to a childs future
It's not all work! Our people on the ground need time to refuel too and are seen here enjoying their own Christmas dinner after a hard day delivering for others.
These are rudimentary toilet facilities that we are looking to replace as part of our next milestone.
These are Wasanya schoolchildren from our second school project. They rely on us to provide 100 kilos of Maize per month and are in need of uniforms.
£30 feeds 54 children a basic wholesome porridge lunch for one month.
Smiling faces courtesy of our lunchtime food aid program
As a result of the lunchtime program children are no longer scavenging wild berries from the bush
Although the porridge provides a wholesome meal a more hygenic food preparation areas is needed
An exciting day for St Margaret school children in Mpenya — measuring for new school uniforms
St Margaret Life's Hope school children (Mpenya) in their new uniforms
Alex presents a young boy with his first school uniform in Mpeketoni, thanks to your donations
Alex with Mr Muhindi & our members overseeing parents & students in their first School uniforms
A new school day in brand new uniforms. Young children aged between 5-12 years pose proudly in front of the makeshift class room they share for the time being.
Children aged between 5-12 years old children share this common classroom. With your help we aim to build two purpose built stone classrooms in the very near future.
Before our help – the Kenyan government provided basic provision for the Wasanya Tribe education. As a minority people they have not even been recognised on an official government census
A local in Sunday best gaining support for our charity. Her own child received aid from St Margaret Life's Hope after a poisonous snake bite threatened his life.
Limited local medical knowledge suggested amputating this boys leg after a poisonous snake bite. With our support he was moved 240km to a Mombasa Hospital and his leg & life saved
Through the charity these woman received land, for growing their own food & education
Prior to our St Margaret Life's assistance, Jonah's quality of life was suffering
Dennis, orphaned from 3 years old is under our care
A Wasanya tribeswoman in their rudimentary living conditions
Alex (on right) provides family planning education to the nearby Wasanya tribe
Alex with Wasanya child. This minority Kenyan Tribe member needs nurturing, health care, food aid and most importantly education support to sustain and thrive
Margaret a local girl has received medical aid from our charity including the wheelchair
Grace suffered from various easily curable medical conditions that are made difficult to rectify because of Kenya's rural infrastructure
Grace after our medical aid - once again a smiling bubbly 4 year old
Some of the local orphan children we have under our care
All work and no play? Absolutely not! A local child enjoys some fun with the camera man
Brenda a local orphan has received provision to stay in school
Winnie a local orphan has also received an education allowance and is now in secondary school
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St Margaret Life's Hope is a charity registered in England & Wales, charity number 1159130. Registered with the government of Kenya, registration No. SS/LM/MPK/SH/437.