Miss Hair is settled in Oyugis and did some visits yesterday. She met with some 'bead' ladies who knew who she was, were excited about her visit, and treated her like royalty. They cheered and applauded her!
Once the locals knew she was there, two Nyandiwa pupils came to find her. They were looking forward to her visit to the school this week.
At the base in Oyugis are 40 school uniforms, funded through our partnership, which Miss Hair will personally deliver to school when she visits for the first time today. How exciting!
Today, Miss Hair will visit Nyandiwa School for the first time. We look forward to hearing all about it!
An early start to the day to make the journey from Nairobi to Oyugis - a 330km journey. Tired with lots of travel but pleased to be 'home' with friends in Oyugis.
Miss Hair has met Leonard, the Amani UK Schools' Link Worker, who supports our link with Nyandiwa School.
It's a but warmer than Aylesbury with temperatures over 30 degrees at this time of year!
Miss Hair sent us a message this morning from Heathrow. Her plane is on time and they've made it into the air. Last seen travelling over Europe.
You can track her flight here:
Last term we told you the very exciting news that Miss Hair will be visiting Nyandiwa School.
Unfortunately, Kenya postponed their presidential election to the exact same time that the group would be visiting. Elections in Kenya can sometimes be accompanied by civil unrest so Amani UK, the charity we work with, in discussions with the schools’ group, decided to postpone the visit.
The visit will now take place around the February half term – Miss Hair will be travelling the week before half term and will be in Kenya for two weeks. She will spend lots of time at Nyandiwa School and also visit some of the projects supported by Amani UK. This will include spending time with widows and orphans, many of whom will attend Nyandiwa.
This is a momentous step in our link with Nyandiwa School and we are delighted that Miss Hair is representing our school in Africa – how exciting - The entire school and local community are behind her all the way!
Our collection at our Christmas Nativity performances raised over £500 for our two nominated charities. This means that around £260 will be added to the funds we have already raised for Nyandiwa and the Amani charity to support Miss Hair's visit, Nyandiwa school, and the children and families.
Miss Hair's October visit to Kenya was postponed due to the Kenyan elections being rescheduled for that week. Expected civil unrest meant that it was not safe for Miss Hair to travel at that time.
The group will be travelling to Kenya in February.
Watch this space!
‘Give it Up for Nyandiwa’ is a sponsored event. We are inviting all our staff, children and families to choose something to give up for one week (beginning Sunday 1 October). You might choose to give up chocolate, television, the internet, your mobile phone, coffee, diet coke, crisps, or something else of your choice. We ask you to invite friends and family to sponsor you, and all the money will go towards our link.
Your child will bring home a sponsor form to complete. We are happy for other family members to join in too. We also welcome other ways of fund raising:
Let’s all get on board and raise an amazing amount for Nyandiwa!
You can download the newsletter and sponsor form below:
We have the most exciting news to share with regarding our link with Nyandiwa School, Kenya. Miss Hair will be visiting the school very soon!
Travelling with the charity, Amani UK, Miss Hair will travel to Kenya during half term and will spend two weeks in the country. She will spend lots of time at Nyandiwa School and also visit some of the projects supported by Amani UK. This will include spending time with widows and orphans, many of whom will attend Nyandiwa.
This is a momentous step in our link with Nyandiwa School and we will be building up towards her visit throughout the next few weeks.
It is also a momentous step for Miss Hair, who will be visiting Africa for the first time (and isn’t fond of spiders and insects!)
We want to let her know that the entire school and local community are behind her all the way!
Much of Miss Hair’s travel costs will be met through donations from local businesses and charities. We are grateful for the support of the local community and if any parent is able to access any grants, we would appreciate this greatly. The Exchange Church, which meets each week in our school, are also supporting the project financially, and prayerfully, as part of their mission.
We want to send Miss Hair with a huge suitcase full of goodies for Nyandiwa School and also a HUGE donation to be spent on school priorities. All donations will be processed by Amani UK and will be released to the school when spending priorities are agreed – just as all our previous donations have been. One area we have already committed to is to buy some uniforms for orphans who do not have any, so that they can attend school at Nyandiwa.
In addition, we want Miss Hair to identify some families who are in most need and be able to support them directly – by buying a blanket for an orphan, or a school uniform, or a roof repair for those who desperately need our support.
We have a special fund raising event coming up which we are treating as our Harvest celebration. Our aim is to raise at least £3,000.
If you know of any organisation or business who offers ‘matched fundraising’ please do let us know as soon as possible – we would love to double our funds!
We are privileged to be linked with a school in western Kenya, Nyandiwa Primary School. Nyandiwa is situated about 3.5 kilometres from the town of Oyugis.