Dear Friends of Ngong Road,
We are so very busy here in Ngong Road! We had camps this year and a medical case for one of our students.
In August we held successful Leadership, Grammar, and Senior Camps at Naromoru Girls School in Nyeri County over 13 days. This took place between 12th August and 24th August 2017. There was also a one-day camp in Nairobi for little kids on 25th August 2017. After Leadership Camp where 32 of our older students learned how to run the camp, three camps based on age groupings were held. Altogether 275 kids went camping, 97 to Grammar camp, 157 to Senior Camp, and 21 to Little Kids Camp.
The students enjoyed all sorts of activities ranging from team spirit-building, team competitions, music and dance, crazy games, tournament, and our own “Olympic games”. They also enjoyed rotations that comprised Arts and crafts (tie-dyeing a shirt) and educative lessons. The highlight of the camp was a field trip to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest conservancy in Laikipia South. There we saw the “Big Five” (an elephant, leopard, buffalo, lion, and white and black rhinos). The students were also treated to a balanced diet of three meals a day.
Others who attended the camps were: 10 US volunteers, 5 NRCF Board members, NRCF Programme Director, 12 NRCF staff, one Kenyan sponsor (Chris Adams) accompanied by Emmanuel Gatimu (NRCF Founding Board member), 12 Post-Secondary students and 3 Karibu Loo staff.
There was a serious medical case of Bernard Ouma who was run over by a bus breaking his left leg femur and dislocating the right ankle. He was taken to Nanyuki Cottage hospital for surgery and was discharged after a week. He is recuperating and the doctors have assured us that he will recover fast owing to his age (19 years old).
We are grateful to all sponsors and well-wishers who donated towards this year’s camp and whose efforts enabled us to put smiles on the children’s faces and build a great NRCF family bond. Thumbs up to Tile and Carpet Centre here in Nairobi for donating most of the dry food used during camp.
Upcoming Trip to the USA
I am excited about my trip to the US which will give me an opportunity of meeting our treasured sponsors and donors. The trip commences with my departure from Nairobi on 27th October 2017. While in the US, I plan to attend the Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI) Conference from 1st to 4th November 2017 in Minneapolis. The knowledge that I will gather from the conference will empower me with the skills of running Karibu Loo in a more effective and efficient manner.
After that my schedule includes several small group gatherings with individuals, businesses, and churches that support the program. It also includes participating in the Annual Gathering held at Surly in Minneapolis on 13th November. I am looking forward to a series of training programs including SalesForce training, Google training, and training titled Leading with a Theory of Change. I will be working with members of the FONR staff and board to finalize the NRCF 5-year Strategic Plan, and to present the 2018 NRCF Plan. I have been invited to attend the SMME Rotary Club Meeting and to visit Tulane University in New Orleans to make a presentation in a sustainable development class. Before I return to Nairobi, I will also spend a week with my friends and relatives in New York City. I will return to Kenya on 24th November 2017.
I am humbled by the responsibility bestowed upon me to manage Karibu Loo Limited as an additional responsibility. My team and I are equal to the task and are eager to steer that business to greater heights of achievement.
Thank you for supporting Ngong Road Children’s Foundation through Friends of Ngong Road. I look forward to meeting many of you soon.
Executive Director, Ngong Road Children’s Foundation, and
Acting General Manager, Karibu Loo