News from Kenya December 22, 2011

by MaryO on 2011/12/22 6:43 AM


Thank you for all your efforts.  We are having the water tanks built currently and our hope was to have all the water tanks by Christmas.

I will be visiting each home in January and I will have more to share then.

Many children are helped by your efforts.  Especially girls, it is the girls that walk sometimes 2 &1/2 miles to the government sponsored water hole then they carry it on their heads in a ten gallon pail.

Our roads are mad of mud, main way of traveling is by what you wouldcall a dirt bike. Some people do have cars or trucks but very few. Sometimes the gas runs out at the stations, I think that happened at least once when you visited almost 2 years ago.

The water that is sponsored by the government comes from Lake Victoria.  The pipes were put in over 30 years ago and sometimes the water hole is closed because of problems with the pipeline.

We use water for making food, gardening, cleansing and feeding our animals chickens especially. 10 gallons does not go very far and so the young child might have to make two trips in one day.

The water tanks that people are sponsoring through your organization are to collect water off of our Tin roofs during the rain season.  I can not begin to tell you how much the gift of these water tanks mean to our community.  You all have made these grandmothers from St Monica have notice in the community.  They were shunned because they refused to follow cultural practice and remain as “inherieted” like property when their husbands died.  They stood up to the chief and said ,”no” some were beaten. They came together and formed a womens circle called St.Monica.  (I too am a grandmother who like many of these grandmothers are raising orphans we have over 70 orphans 30 grandchildren in circle). I joined the group too and helped them organize.

Each time we meet each grandmother contributes something to the collection pot and as a group we decide where that money is best needed.  It would have taken us years and years to come up with the money for these water tanks.  Because of your efforts we at Christmas will have water to drink. (Yes of course it has to be boiled).

Water Tanks

First set of Water Tanks Purchased
by LoisM on 2011/12/17 9:53 AM

Thank you for your ongoing support.  We through your efforts to support our the NGO in Homa Lime have been able to raise the money for the first 16 water tanks.  The grandmothers pictured on our home page now have water tanks to collect the water during the rain season.  They collect the water of their tin roofs.  These 16 grandmothers are raising over 100 orphans in addition to their own grandchildren.  Typically girls must walk to the watering hole about 1 & 1/2 miles to the watering hole before they go to school.  They carry the water in a ten gal pail on their head. Each water tank we provided is 5,000 gallons.  You have just made their world a little brighter!  On behalf of the Saint Monica’s women’s group and all the children. We say Thank you!

Mary has asked us to continue raise money for at least two more sets of water tanks.  Water is crucial.  Each water tank system cost about $480. US.

Can you and your friends join the circle of support and sponsor a water tank? How about part of water tank?

News from Homaline July 5, 2011

by MaryO on 2011/07/05 6:31 AM

Dear Lois and Grandmother Circles Supporters,

It was exiting to read from you after quite a long time.  we are doing well here.  Most of my family and older dependents are back in school and I am left at home with Yusuf, his wife and two daughters.  I have a little girl I took in with me.  She is in nursery school.

We started the year well and were expecting a good harvest but suddnely the rains disappeared and we now have a failed harvest.  But I supoosed the weather has been drastic all over the world.

In the first half of the year the St. Monica meetings are normally limited to give time to the women to work on their farms.  We do however meet once a month for prayer and meditation at the Raruowa mission.  The Marit women group however do not stop meeting as we are the main support for all the affilate groups that we have.  This year our special theme is couselling for youth.  We have stocked in our craft centre sanitary towels and a few pants for the girls we counsel.  We have made some progress on this and we are looking forward to seeing improved performance of the girls level of education.

As you may know Serphine and her husband Aloys have joined the band to become consociates.  We are now a team of three consociates. ( see note at end of blog) Our theme for social work this year is also Guidance and couselling.  we use sports  and specifically football for boys and girls, to attract the youth to our counselling sessios.  The activities are very well received by the youth and their parents.

I wish to thank you very much for the work you are doing to raise funds for the grandmother Circles.   Please convey our gratitude to Lisa for her donation of a Community Chicken Coop to the Grandmothers (St.Monicas Women’s Group), I will let the grandmothers know about it on on the July 16th when we meet in Raruowa to walk the Labyrinth.

Cheerio for now.


News from Homaline March 18, 2011

by MaryO on 2011/03/18 2:09 PM

Greetings from Homalime.

Things have changed since we last emailed.  We are feeling the effects of destroying our eco system. We have no rains although the fields are ready for crop.  women, girls and men have started the long journeys in search of water.  Infact I want to see if my son and daughters can assist me to buy a donkey cart for ferrying water.  I want to fetch water for some of the very old and sick women in the community.

In addition the price of food has been on the upward trend.  It is amazing how some of the very poor among us survive these circumstances.

We as the Marit womens group are planning to so some move intervention similar to the one we had in 2008-09 where we brought Maize down buy selling what we had at a reduced price.

The group chicken house is now complete and we have one huge cock and 9 female chickens.  Right now we get anaverage of 6 eggs aday.  We have not started selling the eggs out as intended because after chickens epidimic, there is a shortage of birds that are ready to roost.

We are looking for a good breed of chickens to name after Mary Beth Boyle. I will send you pictures when I got a good network.

We shall sit in a special group meeting to plan what to do with the money we received from the sales of some of the items you to took to the states to sell for us.  we will probably buy food supplies to help the needy as is our yearly custom.

Take Care,