Entries by Judy Roper

Message of Gratitude and Hope from DGS – December 2020

Destiny Garden School’s musical teachers, some of the pupils and their parents have  composed a short song for the  supporters of the Destiny Children Charity (DCC), and to wish then a happy Christmas and New Year – please see this link. It has been a difficult year for many all over the world but thanks […]

Letters from DGS – 17 December 2020

A few pupils from each of the DGS classes have written letters summarising how they have coped with the  Covid-19 pandemic.  The letters can be accessed from the following links. Pre-Primary 1 – 4 year old pupils Pre-Primary 2 – 5 year old pupils Grade 1 – 6 to 7 year old pupils Grade 2 […]

Christmas Gift Ideas – November 2020

Are you struggling to think of a suitable Christmas gift for a friend or family member? Here is an idea that will not only solve the problem, but will also make a difference to the lives of the children at Destiny Garden School. Covid 19 has had a huge and devastating impact across the world […]

The 6th and 7th Food distribution – September & October 2020

Emergency Food Parcels were delivered at the beginning of the last two months to 220 very grateful DGS families who are struggling to survive the current crisis with no income or Government help.  The parcels were made up of 5 kilograms of rice, 5kg of beans, 3kg of maize flour and 2 litres of cooking […]

The 5th distribution of Food – 10th August 2020

Thanks to generous donations and Gift Aid we were able to distribute a fifth round of food parcels to 200 of the most vulnerable DGS families. Unfortunately the situation in Kenya shows no sign of improving, with curfews in place, and schools not expected to open again until January 2021.  We are therefore appealing for […]

New Desks for DGS – 24th July 2020

Generous donations have paid for 100 new desks which will go towards making DGS Covid-19 safe when the children to return to school. Destiny Garden School is facing considerable expense to comply with social distancing and hygiene requirements.  For example, extra hand washing facilities and textbooks will be required, together with a supply of sanitiser, […]

Providing food parcels – 6th July 2020

Thanks to very generous donations from Alana Hanks and her family, friends, and community members, with some matching funds from the Microsoft Employee Giving Program, Destiny Garden School was able to make a fourth distribution of Food Parcels to the families of the most disadvantaged  DGS children. Boaz, the DGS Manager, produced a video showing scenes of […]

AGM – 22 June 2020

Destiny Children’s AGM was held via Zoom on 22 June 2020; a challenging but successful year. Thanks go to the trustees, committee members, sponsors and supporters for their donations and fundraising activities during the reporting year. Thanks also go to the staff and students of Destiny Garden School for all they have achieved during the […]

Providing food parcels – 28 May 2020

Unlike the developed world, there is little financial help from the government during the COVID-19 crisis and many of Kenya’s poorest are unable to earn a living during lock-down. As Jacob, the DGS Director, put it – “in Kenya more people may die from starvation than from Coronavirus“. Thanks to a very generous donation from […]

A Video of the Recent Distribution of Food Parcels

Boaz, the DGS Manager, has produced a video showing scenes from the second distribution of Food Parcels which were given to the families of the most disadvantaged  DGS children. It includes a special thank you to all sponsors and supporters for their generous donations. Click this link to see the video

Providing food parcels – 11 May 2020

Kenya continues to be in lockdown due to the coronavirus and many families of the DGS children are struggling to feed themselves.  Brenda, the DGS Sponsorship Director said “The situation in Mombasa is very bad; families are struggling to cope in lockdown and some are being thrown out of their rental homes by insensitive landlords, […]

Providing food parcels – 20 April 2020

In Kenya, as elsewhere, the population has been in lockdown since the end of March.  As many as 95% of the families of DGS children are unable to earn a living and as Jacob, the DGS Director, put it – “in Kenya more people may die from starvation than from Coronavirus“. Thanks to our supporters […]

Destiny Garden School and Covid-19 – 3 April 2020

You will be aware that the Covid-19 virus is spreading across the world, and we have received enquiries about the situation in Kenya, and particularly at Destiny Garden School.  Although Kenya does not have many cases as yet, the school closed a week early for their 5 week April holiday, as did all Kenyan schools. […]

Quiz Night – 28 February 2020

A successful Quiz Night raised much needed funds for Destiny Garden School. Many thanks to all who supported the event and to Chris, our Quizmaster, who made the event so enjoyable.

Judy’s visit to Destiny Garden School – February 2020

Judy Roper, Trustee and Founder of Destiny Children, visited Destiny Garden School during February 2020, and stayed at the home of Jacob Boaz, Director of DGS. The main purpose of Judy’s visit was to hand over some of the administration of the sponsorship programme to Brenda Ongola, who has been a Director of DGS since […]

Spoons for the DGS children – January 2020

Nine year old Valerio asked for donations instead of birthday presents and raised enough to buy serving dishes and spoons for all the children at Destiny Garden School – as this video clip shows – and there was enough left over to provide 900 school lunches!  Valerio and his sister, Mirella, sponsor two children at […]

Farewell to the year 8 leavers – 10 January 2020

DGS gave the year 8 leavers a good send off and Jacob congratulated them on completing the KCPE and encouraged them to continue working hard in the future. Thanks to a generous donation from one of our sponsors, DGS was able to give them a special lunch. We hope they will all be able to […]

Anna Raises Funds for DGS – December 2019

A sponsor’s daughter, Anna, raised enough funds for Destiny Garden School to provide all the DGS children with a lunch for 8 days! Anna spent many weeks making padded book pouches on their sewing machine and  then promoted them around her school before setting up a stall and selling the book pouches to students and […]

Happy Christmas!

Wishing all our supporters a very happy Christmas – click on this link to hear our special Christmas song – ‘I’m Thinking Of You This Christmas’. The children of Destiny Garden School, Mombasa, Kenya, and The King’s School, Macclesfield, UK, performed this song a few years ago. The song reaches out to those who are […]

Lunch at Destiny Garden School

Many of the families of the children at the school struggle to provide adequate food for their children, and they rely on the midday meal Destiny Garden School produces.  This nutritious meal not only helps with the children’s’ welfare but also ensures that they are able to learn more effectively, and is a great encouragement […]

Treats for the Children at DGS

A few sponsors have sent funds via the charity for a treat for their sponsored child’s class or for the school as a whole.  We try to make sure all the children in the class or school are involved as we don’t want any to feel left out.  Funds have gone towards buying a cake […]

Letters to Destiny Garden School

A few of our sponsors, or their children, write to their sponsored child at Destiny Garden School and we try to make sure all the children in the class are involved as we don’t want any to feel left out.  The letters are therefore addressed to the whole class and the teachers often used them […]

The Dining Shelter

The dining shelter which was completed last year has been a great addition to Destiny Garden School.  This video link outlines some of the advantages – The Dining Shelter  

Annual General Meeting – 21 August 2019

Destiny Children’s AGM was held on 21 August, 2019; another busy but successful year.  The charity has been able to cover the running costs of Destiny Garden School, Mombasa, and also enabled a number of improvements to be made at the School. A presentation detailing some of the events that have taken place both in the […]

Support from UK Schools

We are very grateful to have the support of two UK schools. King’s School, Macclesfield, and Friends of Kings, have made several donations.   Year 7 children from another school chose to represent Destiny Children in a fundraising project and the judges chose their campaign as the best cause.  They also raised funds doing a presentation […]

A Night at the Races – 7 June 2019

The Race Night was a great success raising over £1,200 for Destiny Garden School.  The event proved to be great fun and an enjoyable evening.  Our thanks go to Malcolm who organised the races and materials, to the Broken Cross Social Club who provided the venue, and to all those who supported the event

Kathy’s Challenge raises £100 for DGS – May 2019

Kathy, a keen supporter who has visited DGS several times,  met some hunters and fishermen whilst hiking on Stewart Island, New Zealand. They told her it was impossible to hike a three day hike in one day to another hut, up a peak and back again. Obviously being told it couldn’t be done made Kathy […]

Fundraising for DGS in Colorado – 24 April 2019

Alana and Meredith, from Colorado, USA, organised a fundraising bingo event for Destiny Garden School and raised over £1,500.  These funds are going towards the feeding programme – the pound goes a long way in Kenya and this amount will provide all 500 children with a midday meal for the next 38 days!  Alana and […]

The Joe Hunt Memorial Football Match-  April 2019

The Joe Hunt Memorial Football Match on Easter Sunday raised a fantastic £500 for Destiny Garden School.  These funds are going towards the feeding programme and will provide all 500 children a school lunch for 14 days. Our  thanks go to the Chase Pub and Brewery and all the friends of Joe Hunt.

Class Photos

Boaz, the DGS Sponsorship Manager, has taken class photos – from the Day Care class right through to class 8.  See this link for the other class photos.

The Feeding Programme at DGS

Destiny Garden School relies on fundraising events to provide the children with a school lunch and our thanks go to  many supporters who have raised funds to feed the children this term. . Many of the families of the children at the school struggle to provide adequate food for their children, and they rely on […]