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

 

Inspiring People – Eric Kibet

Eric was born into a life and world that is a million miles from the one that so many of us know.  He came into a world of abject poverty in the remote countryside in the great Eburu Escarpment, Nakuru County, Kenya.  Eric’s father toiled in the heat, harvesting sand from dawn to dusk just to be able to provide a solitary basic meal for his family.  One of seven brothers and sisters, anything other than working the land to help with his family’s survival was a distant dream for Eric.  That dream seemed even further away when his father sadly passed – Eric was barely five years old.

Eric and his brothers and sisters became adults that day and sought out whatever work they could, often walking miles to do hard manual labour on other people’s farms.  None of them made it past primary school, as a carefree childhood slipped through their fingers like the sand they harvested every day.

Then in 1997 the flames of politically instigated ethnic tensions swept through the region and Eric and his family were forced to flee their home, leaving behind what meagre possessions they had and relocate in Morop, a foreign part of Makuru County.  Scrapping for whatever land was available, the family finally settled on a small plot of unproductive earth with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Dreaming of a better future, Eric moved in with his brother, a casual labourer at Mwariki Settlement Scheme, a peri-urban slum area in the Nakuru Municipality, so that he could continue with his schooling.  Life though didn’t seem to want to play ball and the pressures of living below the poverty line and the need to survive meant the vicious cycle continued.  Eric however, would not be ground down and he somehow managed to keep his school work going, studying when close to exhaustion and often with little if nothing to keep him going other than his dream.

The first break of light in Eric’s life came when, through his hard work, he came top of not just his school but the entire eleven schools in the Ronda region with a score of 404 out of 500 for his KCPE.  This amazing feat led to Eric connecting with the PdE and EnKI team in Nakuru and soon he found a sponsor, Carolyn Jenkins, whose generosity has helped turn the tide of poverty for Eric and provide him with the means to achieve his dream.  Through his sponsorship, Eric was able to work his way through secondary school education at Ndururumo High School, excelling as a straight A grade student and Head Boy.  In 2012 his dream came a step closer when he won a place at the University of Nairobi dental school to do a first degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery where he is now in his sophomore year.

His long awaited dream of becoming a surgeon and helping people is now becoming reality.  Eric is an inspiration to us all, reminding us that belief and dedication can break through almost anything, we are very proud to have Eric and his Carolyn Jenkins, his helping hand, as part of the EnKI family.

Eric Kibet

 

Congratulations Joseph and D.Light

Huge congratulations and thanks to Joseph for his amazing work helping the communities of Marsabit to find a brighter future thanks to the partnership with d.light in the region.  D.light is a  for-profit social enterprise whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future.  With 1 in 3 people not having access to reliable electricity, D.Light aims to transform the lives of at least 100 million people by 2020 – they are going strong with close to 12 million lives ‘empowered to date’.

Joseph has been an inspiration in helping introduce this life changing technology to Marsabit and just last week won a photographic prize for capturing the introduction and demonstration of the lights to pupils & parents at Gar Qarsa Primary, Marsabit.  Click here to post your congrats to Joseph on the D.Light facebook page or drop us a comment below.

Demonstration of D.Light to the parents and children of Gar Qarsa, Marsabit.

Demonstration of D.Light to the parents and children of Gar Qarsa, Marsabit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done and thank you Joseph :)

P.s. If you would like to find out more about D.Lite, you can check out any of the below links. D.Lite Website | D.Lite Facebook | D.Lite Twitter

2011 – A Great Year!!!

Looking back on 2011, it has been another incredible year for EnKI.
Almost 15 years old and I can very happily say that today we are going stronger than ever.  So much of that is down to you all and your amazing work, dedication and support.
To each and every sponsor and supporter, I thank you.  Words fail me in expressing the gratitude we all have to you!!  Each and every one of your generous acts has helped transformed the lives of so many children in rural Kenya.  New classrooms, toilet blocks and halls have been built in Rhonda and Mwangaza, 16 more children were supported through secondary school and many were helped with emergency water and food supplies in the drought hit regions of the north. None of this would have been possible without all your incredible support and for that I, all the EnKI team and all the children and their families thank you!!!
And for those amazing people who give their time and love and expertise to EnKI, thank you for keeping the positive momentum growing each year.  Over the last 6 years Mike has stepped into the role of Chairman (while nobly refusing to take the title he deserves so much!!).  Words cannot express the love and admiration I have for Mike, without you EnKI would be half of what it is today.  Joseph has also been the most amazing rock for us, he, Pamela and the team and inspiring in their unflinching drive to help the children of Kenya, thank you, thank you, thank you!!
To the board in the UK: Robin for bringing an incredible passion to the board in everything from fund-raising to newsletters and projects in the field; Rich for his incredible fund-raising across the Sahara, Rich and Emma who have been a huge help in getting our website up and running; Bena for her expertise in keeping our funds flowing; Sheryl for her positivity and for sponsoring Wato with Bena and Debbie for helping our relationship with Cranleigh Prep to bring so much hope to the EnKI children.
I have used a lot of superlatives I know, but I cannot find another way of expressing how much all of you mean to me and to EnKI.  Much love, Rakhee and all the children :)

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!!! :)

http://www.cranleighprimary.surrey.sch.uk/Community/Elmolo+school

 

http://www.capzles.com/#/3c02cc82-d66b-44ba-9ed1-014550099ba7 

 

 

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.

 

 

Inspired design now we just need a generous manufacturer!!!

Creative and design genius Caz Hoad from Cazmic Design has designed a cool little Tee for us.  We love it and we’d love to get some printed up to sell to raise some money for the Drought Appeal.  If anyone knows a friendly clothing manufacturer who could help us get a small batch made up it would be amazing :)

Check it out and let us know by liking, leaving a comment or emailing us (rakhee@enkifund.org) and hopefully we can get enough orders to turn this neat little design into reality!!

 

 

 

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.



Nancy reflects on the past and future of EnKI

“I am a very lucky 25-year-old lady. I hail from a humble village in the outskirts of Nakuru, Kenya. 11 years ago, after my primary school studies, no-one would have thought I would then go the High school, let alone university – life was so challenging and food so scarce. I am so grateful to Mike and Veronica Payne, who through the EnKI Fund, came to my aid when I most need it: they supported me through my education. They are more than god parents to me – they love, care and cherish me and I value them loads. I would love to see EnKI as a close knitted family where we, the older boys and girls of EnKI, through our own initiative, join hands with the EnKI friends, to give advice, support, care and fund raise to help our fellow brothers and sisters who are where we were before EnKI  came to our rescue. God bless the EnKI family”. Nancy Moige.

People such as Nancy are helping shape the future of EnKI and ensure that our original vision of sustainability 14 years ago is becoming an exciting reality.

Her passion to use her education and skills is helping pave the way for Kenyans who want to take an active lead in finding solutions to many of the problems the communities of rural Kenya are facing.

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.