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St George’s News - Waterlooville’s Parish Magazine

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Lent and Easter 2021 issue

African Child Trust update

Daniel Tabulwa, who we have been supporting through his education for the last 8 years, has now finished his schooling and is entering the real world.

We now have a new child who we are supporting.

Lameck Wanyonyi is a 14 year old boy who lives with his mother and 11 siblings in Webuye. His father died in 2011 from diabetes. Lameck’s mother is poor with no reliable source of income. She struggles to find enough money for the basic necessities and therefore is unable to pay school fees. Sponsorship from ACT has made a great difference to Lameck.

Lameck attends Khamoyo Primary School and is now in Standard 8, and his performance at school is very good. His favourite activities are playing and gardening.                                       

Webuye is an industrial town in Bungoma County in Western province of Kenya. It is located on the main route to Uganda. ACT is working mainly in Sitikho, a rural community of about 38,000 people dependent mainly on subsistence farming. There is little or no protection for orphans and vulnerable children who in practice still need contributions to the costs of education even though basic education in Kenya is supposed to be free.

Kenya is an important founding member of the East African Community (EAC) and has the most advanced economy in east and central Africa. Kenya lies on the equator and is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia and the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the south and Uganda to the west. Its population is about 45 million people (2014) and about a quarter live in urban areas. Nairobi is the capital and largest city. Kenya is classified as low middle income economy, predominantly agricultural but with light industries and a major tourist industry. Unemployment is high at around 40 percent, and is highest among the youth.

You can read more about our support of the African Child Trust in the Christmas 2020 issue of St George’s News, HERE.