STAR OF HOPE KENYA FEBRUARY 2018 REPORT
Hello Star of hope family, receive greetings from the children and staff at Star of Hope Kenya family.
We hope you had a wonderful month. We experienced a lot of heat and drought in February but now it is raining heavily and we thank God for that.
The population of the children across all our school projects has remained the same number except for Star of hope training institute which admitted four more youths last month. The number is expected to increase this month.

We have continued to provide education and a feeding program to children and youths across our school projects. Our children have continued to receive a quality education as they interact and play with their friends during their time in school. Here are the highlights of February 2018;
1. Learning
2. Feeding Program
3. Self-sufficiency projects

LEARNING
Classes have run smoothly throughout January across all our schools; Mikindani Nursery, Jimba Primary and Living Word Primary Schools. Children have continued to benefit from the school programs across our projects .many youths also have continued to receive their training in tailoring, dressmaking, and embroidery at Star of hope Training Institute.
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Figure 1: Grade four pupils having a practical lesson
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Figure 2: Playtime at Mikindani Nursery School

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Figure 3: Playtime at Living word primary school

Death Announcement
The last week of February 2018 was a sad week for the family of Star of Hope Kenya since we lost one of our own, he was a class four pupil at Jimba Nursery and primary school. He passed away on Saturday 24th February 2018 while looking after his family's livestock.

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Figure 4: 

According to the headmaster's report, he left early in the morning with the flock and went to the fields. After spending some time there with one of his friends, he decided to swim in a nearby river. He took the first dive and never resurfaced. After seeing this, his friend rushed for help but it was too late. His body was retrieved by the villagers. His burial was held on Saturday, 3rd March 2018 at his parent's home in Jimba.

We send our deepest condolences to his family and his lovely sponsors who have supported him throughout his time with us.


FEEDING PROGRAM
The children of Star of hope Kenya send their deepest gratitude to the school feeding program is a vital part of our mission to provide a holistic environment for children to learn and grow. We appreciate the awesome support of all well-wishers for supporting a balanced diet for their healthy growth and development throughout their time in school this year. God bless you and we love you.
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Figure 5: Porridge time

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Figure 6: You're served

You have continued to make it possible for these children to actively participate in school activities after taking the 10 o’clock porridge and the 12-noon lunch. This has made their afternoon nap a comfortable one and the afternoon lessons lively. Because of you, our children have a healthy smile. 

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Figure 7: Lunchtime
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Figure 8: It’s a feast

SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROJECTS

Gunnar Water (note- named after Star of Hopes founder Erik Gunnar Eriksson)
Gunnar bottled water production has continued to be our main self-sustainability project.

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Figure 9: Gunnar bottled water
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Figure 10: Gunnar water stock

Day Care Services
Our daycare project offers toddlers full-time play time while their parents are away for work. We understand that play is the best way possible for a kid to learn and be creative.
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Figure 11: Baby resting in the daycare room

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Figure 12: Playfield for the daycare toddlers
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Figure 13: Daycare toddlers playing

Farming
We experienced a lot of heat and drought in February and our farm at Mikindani did not do well. However, we thank God now we are experiencing heavy rains and the farm is turning green again. We have also expanded the pig shed since they are growing in number now.
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Figure 14: Vegetables being harvested
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Figure 15: Farm turning green once again
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Figure 16: Pig keeping is picking up well
Star of hope Kenya family thanks all our donors and well-wishers for your good thoughts towards helping a needy child in our community here in Mombasa Kenya.
God bless you all.
Warm Regards,

Country Director, Gilbert Ochieng,
Star of Hope Kenya.




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Population: 41,609,728 (2011)
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