Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Project Number 51/2011-12
October Report


What a day that was. The feast was getting cooked up the back, all the heads of the goats and chickens ended up in our freezer looking up at us, the traditional dancers got lost, the microphone went flat, the MC was reading the newspaper during the speeches, and the manager went missing for some time trying to find the dancers who were kilometres away on the wrong dirt track. However, it was an experience our volunteers will never forget, and all worked out well in the end. It was a massive few days for the volunteers to get everything ready for the official opening by Australian High Commission delegate Josiah who flew in from Nairobi.  The surrounding villagers and dignitaries attended and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They would have stayed all night if we hadn't wrapped up the proceedings, and most importantly, a good time was had by all with our volunteers joining in the dancing, but not the acrobatics.



This year with covid-19 and its impacts has been our toughest yet as I'm sure with all non-government organisations. The curfew is extended for another 60 days, but now from 11pm to 4am. Schools are to remain closed until further notice. We are unable to re-employ most of our staff at this time due to lack of donations.  We are desperate to rehire our social worker as soon as possible now that restrictions are eased and she can travel to Umoja, to enable sponsors to receive their detailed reports once again. Thankfully none of our children have been sick during this time of lockdown. 
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