A Huge Thank You to Everyone at Cranleigh C of E Primary

Since 2008, the teachers, parents and children at Cranleigh C of E Primary School have been supporting the children of Elmolo Bay Primary School in Loiyangalani, Marsabit County, Kenya.

Thanks to all the kind donations and incredible fund-raising efforts, the school has raised£5300 in the last 5 years, helping provide much needed education materials, uniforms and other necessities we often take for granted in our daily lives.

In June, Mike Payne had the opportunity to visit the children of Cranleigh C of E Primary and thank them for all their amazing fund-raising efforts. After showing everyone some of the photos from a recent Field Trip to Elmolo, the children presented Mike with a cheque for £700. Thank you so much to everyone at Cranleigh C of E Primary!!

Mike, receiving the generous donation from the children of Cranleigh C of E Primary

Mike, receiving the generous donation from the children of Cranleigh C of E Primary


Welch’s Warriors Cycling for Change

Thank you so much to Welch’s Warriors – The Loveday Charity Cycle team will be cycling to support the EnKI children on March the 23rd.

We’ll be following their Tour de Surrey here and on our facebook page posting updates.

If you would like to show them your support, you can donate at our Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/loveday4.

Bringing Schools and Children Closer Through Art

The children of Cranleigh Primary School have recently just finished an amazing project – creating their  own Elmolo Village – through their art.  The evocative art collection depicts the people, the wildlife and the huts that make up the village and school of Elmolo.  Thank you so much to everyone involved in the project, the pictures are on their way to the children of Elmolo as I write and will be received with smiles and huge thanks.

Cranleigh Primary hold Elmolo Week

The children of Venus, Mercury, Neptune and Pluto classes at Cranleigh Primary School all took part in Elmolo workshops this week as part of their amazing ongoing programme to support the School Partner Programme. The children took part in art, craft, drama and  music activities and then at the end of Friday afternoon, they showed their results to Year 3.  Please click on the link to check out all the amazing work they created.

Also, scroll down to read about all the incredible fundraising the school has done since June 2010.

Thank you to everyone in Venus, Mercury, Neptune and Pluto from all the EnKI children!!! :)






Ben, Matt & Henry bake cakes to help build Ronda School Hall

Thanks so much to Ben, Matt & Henry for baking up a treat and selling small cakes to the lucky people on the streets of Cobham.

Cobham’s 3 most industrious friends amazingly raised £600 from their delicious treats!!  The money is going towards laying the floor to the new multi-purpose School Hall at Ronda.  Everyone at EnKI and the 1,000+ children at Ronda say a HUGE thanks to you guys!!




West House Sponsor Melvin Auma

A huge thanks to Heli Dixon and everyone in West House at Cranleigh School who raised £1500 through their sponsored walk and cake baking.

The girls of West House have very generously decided to donate the money to help provide Melvin Auma, from Ronda Primary School with the opportunity to complete her education by sponsoring her through to 2014.  Melvin comes from the urban slum area outside the school and lives with her 2 sisters and mother and father in a single roomed, mud house.  She is an amazingly positive girl who loves athletics and wants to be a teacher when she is older.

Over and above this, the funds raised were also put towards the construction of a new School Hall at Ronda which will benefit all the young children at the school.



East House – Cranleigh School raise £4,000 in a day for Ronda

Amazingly the boys, girls and teachers of East House, Cranleigh School, managed to raise over £4000.  All the money helped fund the construction of a much-needed new classroom at Ronda Primary where over 1,000 children go in search of a better future on the edge of one of Kenya’s largest slums.

The classroom was proudly opened by Mike (ex-master at Cranleigh and EnKI Trustee) in March 2011.

News from the Field: Drought Appeal Update

Thank you all so much to all the generous supporters, to date, of our Drought Appeal. Through your gifts, the communities of Mwangaza and Elmolo are receiving critical food and water supplies.  Joseph and his team we are receiving messages of thanks on a daily basis from the people of Mwangaza and Elmolo – on their behalf we thank you!!

News from the Field: Life Straw Update

Thanks to Joseph and his amazing team on the ground in Kenya, we have the first pictures of our Life Straw project in action.  The Life Straws have been provided to the children at Mwangaza and Gar Qarsa schools in the Marsabit region.  Thank you Joseph for your tireless leadership in the field and to Life Straw UK for helping the children of the schools in the drought ridden regions of Northern Kenya.

A Huge Thank You to all at Cranleigh Prep School for an Amazing Landmark!!

While our little blog is only a week old, EnKI has been going a little while longer.

2012 will be our 15th birthday and it has always been so uplifting to witness first hand the generosity of so many. to help the children of Kenya, who without such kindness would have such little hope.

While we hope the blog helps keep you up to date with all the new, exciting projects and developments, we also want to use it to thank all the inspirational people who have helped us and the children on our journey over the last 15 years.

One of our longest standing supporters is Cranleigh Prep School, who since 2002 have forged a link with Ronda School in the slums of Nakuru, helping fund the building of classrooms, toilet blocks and much, much more.  This year, the teachers, parents and children at Cranleigh Prep have reached a truly momentous landmark, having now raised over GBP25,000!!

Words cannot express our gratitude to Debbie, Stella, Mike, Carolyn and all those so heavily involved in helping transform the school at Ronda and the lives of so many children.  Thank you all so much from us all at EnKI and all the children and wider community at Ronda.

The Children of Elmolo find friends in the Cranleigh C of E Primary School

The bond that continues to grow between the teachers, parents and children at Cranleigh C of E Primary School and their counterparts in the impoverished region of  Elmolo is inspiring to witness and be a part of.  

Jane Byford and the teachers, parents and children at Cranleigh have raised well over about £1500 that has gone directly to helping improve the conditions at Elmolo Bay Primary.  Over the past five years, the connection has flourished and every pound raised continues to help provide ever more hope for the children of Elmolo.

Jacob Naikele – Head Teacher at Elmolo Bay Primary School writes:

“Elmolo Bay Primary School, located on the south eastern shore of Lake Turkana, Kenya, provides schooling opportunities for the children of Elmolo – the smallest tribe in Kenya and indeed in Africa. The Elmolo community is also amongst the poorest in Kenya, deriving its existence solely from Lake Turkana resources. EnKI established linkage between our school and Cranleigh C of E Primary School about five years ago. – and the subsequent benefits  to our pupils and the  school have been great. Elmolo has since benefited from:High school access educational scholarships, learning resources materials, school uniforms, and regular and inspirational visits from EnKI trustees. The mails and music exchanges enables our community to understand and appreciate international relations. On behalf of Elmolo community and the school, I thank EnKI and her donors for being so VERY important in the lives of our Children. Indeed the programme has restored Pupils’ hopes, aspirations and confidence to face the future.” 

 On 19th September, Mike Payne – Head of our UK team, received a cheque for £671 for EnKI and Elmolo from the ever-generous children, staff and parents of Cranleigh Primary.

We have launched our work supporting Elmolo. Each class has been asked to sponsor 2 children from classes at Elmolo. I have tried to match up the children with children of their own age. They are planning their own fund-raising events and also plan to write letters etc.” Julie Molesey Rep-Teacher at Cranleigh.

The team at EnKI would like to thank everyone involved through Cranleigh C of E Primary for helping make such a difference for the children in the community on Elmolo.

Racing The Planet – Sahara Run

In October last year one of EnKI’s inspiring trustees, Richard Bray, undertook the Racing the Planet, Sahara Run – and completed the  250km in a staggering 36 hours 58 minutes –  placing 16th out of the 160 runners – and in so doing raised £2975 for EnKI and the children.  Check out Richard’s journey at his blog http://zebrayontherun.wordpress.com/.

We can’t thank Richard enough for his amazing effort and generosity, and in thanking Richard we also would like to thank all the people and companies that sponsored ands supported him on his adventure.

As Richard writes on his blog:

Firstly I must thank the people who kindly sponsored me. I raised a total of £2975 which all goes to the EnKI charity fund. As a small charity we are able to see direct, tangible benefit from the funds that were raised. At this point EnKI is still deciding how best to use these funds. I will report back when a purpose has been decided. I must thank everyone who was kind enough to generously donate their hard-earned cash to this worthy cause. It means a lot to me and the Kenyan community that will benefit from the funds.

Special thanks to.

Aldas Palubinskas,  Richard Atkins and the entire team at Mobico in New Zealand. A very generous donation that will go far in Kenya. Thank you guys.

Sally Peters and the team at Kenyan Airways for kindly donating two flights to Kenya. We raffled tickets for the draw to win them and we pulled the winner a couple of weeks ago. Oliver Simpson was the winner and will soon be flying over to the warm continent to enjoy his prize. Thanks again Kenya Airways – a very generous donation that helped us raise a lot of money for EnKI.

Mark Power and the team at Concep. Mark is also a close friend and keen runner helping me not only to raise money for the charity but also to push me on the many training runs I did before the race. Thanks mate – A very generous donation and I can’t thank you enough.

John Mazur and the team at ReachLocal. Always supportive of my crazy adventures. Thank you for your kind donation.

I also have to thank my lovely Girlfriend Emma and my loving, supportive family back in NZ. Particularly to my mum for her fundraising drive back in NZ and helping to raise the awareness of the EnKI fund. I must admit that a lot of the funds raised are down to Emma and her hard work gathering sponsorship £’s at every opportunity she had. Without her love and support, I simply would not have been able to run this race and raise this much money. Thank you.