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Tassen voor Matunda

      We maken stoffen tassen van stof uit Kenia, die te koop zijn  

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Op zoek naar smartphones

  We zoeken gebruikte smartphones voor Matunda. Heb je er een liggen, dan horen we dat graag. Binnenkort gaat er iemand naar Kenia en neemt weer spullen voor ons mee. Het liefst simlockvrij en met oplader. Alleen opladers (vooral voor Samsung) zijn ook welkom. Bij voorbaat dank!

Joyce

Joyce and her brothers were some of the first kids at Matunda. Her mother died and her father is not able to take care of them. Her younger brother Michael, one of the youngest and longest at Matunda, actually laid the first stone of the new building, together with the founder, Fredrick Mukolwe. Their names …

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Elijah

He was a cute little guy, just turned one in September. Always busy trying out new toys – pieces of wood or plastic, hammers – anything he could find around the building site of Matunda. Always smiling, following everything, wanting to follow you, get picked up. A really likeable little guy. About two weeks ago, …

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Mitchell

One of our newest additions to Matunda is Mitchell. A shy little girl of eight, she started with us the beginning of this year, as her single mother can’t take care of her. She’s quite sociable, well-liked by the other kids, and easy to get along with. As we had a sponsor for her, she …

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A borehole

Some time ago, the World Bank financed water and sewer systems in our area. There already was access to electricity (for those who could pay for it), but water and sewer are an important part of good hygiene and disease prevention. So that’s good news, right? Sure for the sewer system; that is going well. …

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Cleaning up the neighborhood

We started this program last year and restarted again this year – cleaning up the streets of the neighborhood. (Check out the story from last year.) Inspired by a group led by several Australians, who started a large project (usually around 25 young local people working), they have been cleaning for a few years now. …

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Tour of the building

Things are finishing up here as far as the building goes. And as far as the money goes. The plumbing, roof (it’s not leaking anymore!), electrical work, and plastering are all done. The painter can now finish up his work. The outside wall is done, and it’s just some ceilings to be finished that were …

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What’s in it for me?

Why do I do this? Why do I regularly go (often with Marianne/Jo) to a country that is poor, although better than many African countries? If the government or the rich Kenyans would take of these people, I wouldn’t be needed. (This is actually true of richer countries, as well!) And there are so many poor …

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Escape from the slum

When you grow up in the slums (61% of people in Nairobi do), life is hard.  No job, no schooling, no future. Unemployment is high (youth around 70 %!), as is crime, alcoholism, and child prostitution. Skills and simple, I call it common sense, isn’t developed. They learn at best basic skills for a ‘profession’ …

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