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Lucy

  Lucy started at Matunda in 2011 together with her brothers. She went to school, was a good student and had a future in her last year of grade school (Kenyans have eight grades of primary school). We had just finished a course in sex education, among other relevant items for young people, and then …

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Anxiety in Kenya

Three people were killed again today and many injured in protests against the election board here and existing president Uhuru Kenyata. Many have been killed that since the presidential election in August. The election was orderly and correctly done according to international observers, but it seemed they didn’t look any farther than the voting centers. …

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This is what we’re doing with your money

The first day of building was done after planning for some time, talking to the people involved, looking at estimates, trying to trim them down somewhat and finally making the call to start. The plumber, electrician, plasterer, and painter all made a running start and are still going strong. The plumber fixed a leaky faucet, …

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The kids

It’s why we’re doing this. Every time I come here, it’s like a new experience again; the enthusiasm, those dark brown eyes and bright teeth. The feeling of the hairs on my arms and head, all trying to sit on my lap at once, the chattering in Swahili that I still don’t understand. The bigger …

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First couple of days

My first couples of days have been eventful – and busy! Of course there are Mercy, Jesintah and the kids at Matunda, but also Alice at the house I am staying at again, and the people I have learned to know a bit along the way walking to Matunda. And the many kids with the …

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Introduction to Matunda

Dear Family and friends, As many of you know, Jo and I have been working on our charity Matunda Community Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, since 2009. We and our supporters have greatly improved the lives of about 25 children, ages 3 to 16, living in the slums of Nairobi.  Several are now able to attend …

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Going back to Kenya

It’s almost time to leave for Kenya – another round of trying to finish as much as possible of the building there, but just as import is trying to plan for the future. We have the three extra rooms upstairs, and need to look at what we can do with them.  Do we start a …

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Walk for Matunda 2017 a success!

What a beautiful day! Sunday September3 was a beautiful day; the best one all week. It was the fifth walk we’ve had, this time with almost 60 people. The house where we hold these walks is a beautiful grand old building, with several buildings and a large garden area. Arie and Hennie live there, and …

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We’re going for a walk!

We’re going for a walk! On Sunday, September 3, we will be holding another of our annual walks in a rural area of The Netherlands. The length will be around 12 kilometers, with the possibility of shortening it, if wanted. There will coffee and cake before leaving, and a buffet lunch when returning.

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Sponsor Matunda

The rising cost of living in Kenya (averaging 7% per year!) is taking its toll. And then we not even talking about the costs of building that (of course!) exceeded the expected budget. That’s why we are looking for more possibilities for people to support the center. We are, of course, very grateful for the …

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