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Thanks from Kenya

Dear GEF volunteers,

Thank you very much for your incredible efforts in building new homes for our kids in Kenya.

I am delighted to say that both homes are now complete and the children have moved in - I have attached pictures for your interest. Your fundraising raised over £25,000 for the foundation, this covered all building costs and has also enabled us to reach out to more children in Iruri, Iten and Eldoret as well as securing secondary education for some of our kids that do not currently have a sponsor.

Judy's family have been in their house since Hogmanay but I wanted to hold off emailing you until the Pavilion building was complete with furniture and the children had moved in.  The delays in getting PV complete were frustrating for us all but I would like to thank Peter, Gideon, Dan and John for their efforts in making sure we got there in the end.  The older boys who are still in education have now moved into the new 16 bed building and John and Agnes will start the process of bringing new children into the home.  

After thorough investigation we can confirm that the majority of issues with food poisoning came from Olodiyo Hotel.  Their storage and handling of chicken as well as general kitchen hygiene was incredibly poor. This was accepted by the majority of the staff but not the Manager, Stephen nor the owner.  Unfortunately their lack of concern and disappointing attitude towards the issue means that there is no guarantee it will ever be rectified at that hotel and we won't be staying there again. I am sorry to all of you who were affected by the food and am relieved that you are now all ok.  I'd also like to thank you for your attitude in the face of this issue, your determination, humour and support was greatly appreciated.

All 51 of you played your own special part in making this trip a success.  We are humbled that you chose to spend such a long period of time away from your friends and family in order to give these kids a home that they never thought would be possible.

I am also incredibly proud of all the GEF team for their brilliant efforts in making this dream a reality. In particular, I would personally like to thank Dan, not only for his efforts on the trip but also the huge amount of his life he dedicates to volunteering for the foundation, without him this trip and much of our work simply would not have been possible.

We learned a huge amount from the trip and are delighted to say that we will be running another volunteer building trip in October 2016, this time in Iten.  Full details can be found here - http://gathimbaedwardsfoundation.org/volunteer-building-trip.

If anyone has any questions or feedback they would like to share, I'd be delighted to hear from you.

We will be forever grateful that you all chose to be part of this special project with us.

Thanks so much,

Myles

Myles Edwards | Founder


16h Feb 2015

 

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