New total is 24,767!
10 August 2010 marked our 1stanniversary as a registered charity.
Since 2009 we’ve distributed 20,090 items of underwear to hospitals, IDP camps, orphanages, and people living in poverty in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Kenya. We are also sponsoring 5 girls in Kenya, 4 in Kibera slum and a girl from St Monicas children’s home. We couldn’t have done this without you! Thanks to you all – you’ve have helped Smalls for All to make a big difference to the lives of many women and children.
Apologies for the delay in posting this update. I just arrived back from Kenya on Sunday night. It was a fantastic trip. I met Louisa and Lucy from The Balcraig Foundation; met 3 of the girls we are sponsoring at Mashimoni and of course the girls at St Monicas, and delivered underwear to Kenya Children’s home and St Monicas children’s home.
The Balcraig Foundation was set upto assist in the relief of human suffering and deprivation, to provide a place of safety for orphaned and destitute children and to improve access to education. Balcraig currently has various women and children’s projects in Kenya which will now benefit from Smalls for All donations. The main projects which will benefit are, Kenya Children’s Home orphanage in Nairobi (known in Kenya as Thomas Barnardo House), Mashimoni Squatters Primary School in the Kibera slum, Nairobi, Soila Maasai Girls Rescue Centre in Suswa in the Rift Valley and the Freedom from Fistula Foundation.
Kenya Children’s home (known in Kenya as Thomas Barnardo House) is an independent home for orphans, abandoned and destitute children and over the years 6,000 children have been cared for from birth to adulthood. At present there are 175 children, the majority of which are in full time education and 35 babies in the abandoned babies unit. This trip we donated 330 pairs of underwear to these children along with a promise to supply plastic pants for the nursery!
MashimonSquatters Schoolis a primary school in the Kibera slum which presently has 580 children, many of whom are aids orphans and live in shacks with grandparents or distant relatives. The Balcraig Foundation rebuilt and took over the school in 2007 and it now provides the education fees, two meals a day and all of the school uniforms and supplies that the children need, plus the running costs of the school. With all of the children at the school coming from extremely impoverished backgrounds, normal things such as underwear and sanitary supplies cannot be afforded and that is where Smalls for All has stepped into help, donating 1713 pairs of underwear to the school on this trip.
The Soila Maasai Girls rescue centre currently has 120 girls between the ages of 8 and 14 all of whom have been brought to this boarding school and orphanage to save them from the awful fate of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. Smalls for All donated 330 pairs of underwear for the girls – pictures to follow.
Today, an estimated 2 million women in Africa are suffering from obstetric fistula caused by obstructed childbirth. The effect on these women is devastating and often condemns them to a life of solitude and despair. The aim of the Freedom from Fistula Foundation is to help these women by providing free surgeries to repair their fistulas and free healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth. Balcraig is already helping hundreds of women every year and after meeting with Freedom from Fistula, I’ve pledged that Smalls for All will donate 4000 pairs of underwear to the cause in 2012, which will hugely boost the lives of these women as they recover from their operations and rebuild their lives.
So it was another successful trip for Smalls for All as we continue our quest to provide the very basic, yet vital supply of underwear to women and children.
During my trip I also met with the girls who Smalls for All are sponsoring, which was lovely. I was especially happy to see the girls at St Monicas all looking so happy and healthy. Sarah continues to do well in school and remains very grateful to have the opportunity to continue with her schooling.
Whilst I was there I discussed with the guardians of St Monicas the possibility of setting up our first income generating project. All being well this would allow the operating costs of the orphanage to reduce and allow them to become more self sufficient. I need to firm up on the details but will let you know more if we decide to go ahead.
I was also approached by a NGO as they were looking for a sponsor for a 23 year old girl who has been accepted into college but as she lives in Githogoro slum she has no way of paying for her course. The course she has been accepted for is a 3 year course, diploma in Pharmacy. Again just firming up some details but will let you know if this goes ahead.
Thanks to everyone for sending in donations – Jan Tavinor, Michelle Packwood and her friends / colleagues, Lynn Thomson and her colleagues, Lynn and Ann Dempster, Heather Stevenson and her colleagues from SIG and Sheffield Insulation. Also to Love our Pet for their monetary donation.