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 parents. She made over 80 book pouches and completely sold out! All profits made were spilt between her school charity and DGS. Well done Anna and many thanks; this is a great contribution to our DGS Lunch Fund.
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 apart this Christmas, and here the children in Mombasa and Macclesfield are thinking of each other!
This song was composed by Alison Lea and filmed, edited and produced by Simon Robertshaw, with additional filming by Victor Ongola in Mombasa.
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 for their parents or guardians to send their children to school. Here is a recent video clip of the children having lunch at DGS.
We would very much like to raise funds to continue providing the children with a school lunch next year. The pound goes a long way in Kenya and £2,800 will feed all 500 children for three months.
Destiny Garden School broke up on the 25th October and are now on holiday until 6th January 2020; this is their main holiday as the Kenyan school year is from January to December.
Destiny Garden School celebrated the end of the school year with prize giving and the graduation of the Pre-Primary Class 2 children.
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 for the class, often for their child’s birthday, or a gift such as a pencil or book each, or a special lunch for the whole school with meat or fish, or fresh fruit; something they rarely have. This is not something we expect sponsors to do but the occasional treat or gifts for the children brings much excitement and joy, as these photos taken this year show!
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 as a teaching aid, not just for practice in English, but also for geography and general knowledge. We do not expect sponsors to write letters and the number who do is very small, or just very occasionally; we would not be able to cope with many more! The Charity has produced guidelines on writing letters to sponsored children.
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
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 UK and in Mombasa was shown – please see Destiny-Children-AGM-2018 2019
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 about Destiny Garden School to their parents.
Africa Watoto, a UK charity run by Stella, has raised enough funds for Destiny Garden School to cover the cost of the Pre-Primary School children’s lunches throughout this and last year. This has been a tremendous help.
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
For the second year running, 8 year old Valerio asked his friends to make donations to DGS instead of buying him birthday gifts. His 5 year old sister has done the same this year for her birthday. Between them they have raised enough funds to provided all 500 children with a school lunch for 14 days.
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 want to do it. As a challenge one of them said she could shave him a Mohican. 12 hours later and 45kms, Kathy returned and he offered her 200NZ$ (£100) instead! which Kathy has donated to Destiny Garden School.
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 Meredith, together with their friend Vanessa, enjoyed doing some voluntary work at DGS in 2016 – this link reports on the time they were there.
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.
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.
To be held at The Broken Cross Club, Macclesfield, SKII 8TU
Join us for an entertaining, and hopefully profitable, evening
Entrance is free
Cash bar available and light bar snacks
There will be films of 8 races, each with 8 runners
You will be invited to purchase tote tickets on the night
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 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 for their parents or guardians to send their children to school.
For more photos please see the DGS website on this link.
Destiny Garden School resumed back on 2nd January after a their long 2 month holiday break – we wish then all the best for 2019.