Our Partners Riziki News Update 2013
This month has been characterized by politics with campaigns in high gear culminating in the elections taking place. On March 4th 2013, Kenyans took part in their civic duty of electing the political leaders. The process and event was peaceful in Kibera as well as the rest of the country, largely attributed to the media being more objective about each party's political views .Now that the elections are over we can return to a more peaceful normality and the children have returned to school after a weeks break.
Feb 2013 Unrest in Kibera
February in Kibera was characterized by political campaigns for the elections of president and there was a very high sense of insecurity experienced in the community however the month passed out peacefully. Politicians, workers and visitors in the community were frequently mugged and throughout February the Riziki team was very cautious but with the help of the community leaders and the caregivers, all were safe and the feeding programme continued throughout the month. There were two shortages in February 2013 that hindered the feeding programme, there was a shortage of water and a short supply of milk, increasing the costs of both products throughout the month.
November 2012 saw unprecedented rains as our short rainy season began. The downpour caused destruction in many towns but Kibera with its poor infrastructure has been badly affected; some of the homes built near river beds have collapsed. The worry now is that an epidemic of disease may follow because of the poor sanitary conditions. Riziki’s office was badly damaged as the raging waters of the river caused the perimeter fence at the rear of the office to collapse and our reservoir tank of water (8,000litres) was punctured and the water leaked away. Repairs were carried out immediately and we continued to feed the children everyday. The feeding has gone on undeterred, despite the rains and the major renovations at the feeding centre, which are now well underway. The renovations will allow the feeding hall to double up as an Early Childhood Development Centre and Lunchbowl will expand its current operation into education for the very young. The children are using the rooms adjacent to the feeding hall during the renovations and December saw a Christmas party for all the children and their caregivers successfully take place here. The caregivers each received two blankets as a Christmas present and the children celebrated with a bottle of pop!!
Entry for the 2013 London 10K is now open!
If you are a runner , wannabe runner or a walker! aren't we all?
WE NEED YOU. Come and Join team Lunchbowl raise funds and get fit in 2013!
You will make a huge difference to some of the world’s poorest children by pledging to raise only £250. This will provide 750 hot dinners for orphaned and vulnerable children. Find out more and contact us.
Mothers had a special time and raised £119!
Sarah Masters decided to treat her mother and her friends mothers too! She held a special evening of rest and relexation and pampering with ideas for presents for mothers day and raised funds for Lunchbowl. Thank you Sarah!!!
Jane White, Chair of Merton Headteachers London Borough of Merton says of Lunchbowl
The Lunchbowl Network has inspired many of our children to reflect upon their own lives and plan ways to raise funds for this wonderful charity. Merton Headteachers have supported the project for many years and have seen the enormous impact of Sally and her team on a enormously challenging area of child poverty in Kenya. We hope many others schools will catch the vision and share in the work of The Lunchbowl Network.
Stapehill Church , Hampreston in Dorset
Raised £578 for the Lunchbowl educational sponsorship programme at their Harvest festival. A huge thankyou to all those who generously donated this will enable us to continue to provide education for the vulnerable girls who were rescued from the Kibera.