A Christmas Post Office service run by Year 4 pupils and a retiring collection taken at the Junior Carol Service collection raised over £760 for Destiny Garden School. Our thanks go to King’s Infant and Junior pupils and to all the parents and friends whose generosity produced such a marvellous total. It is very much appreciated. These funds will go towards providing the pupils at Destiny Garden School with the exercise books needed for next term.
A huge thank you goes to Tracy who raised over £2,000 for Destiny Garden School – this will be enough to provide a nutritious school lunch for all 420 children for 11 weeks.
Tracy raised these funds by challenging herself to “live on £1 a day” for 21 days. We asked her how she achieved this:
What made you decide to do this particular challenge? Why Destiny Garden School?
It was completely spontaneous! I have supported the school for a few years and always look forward to the newsletters and updates. When I received your email about the funding problems DGS were having due to the drop in the exchange rate and how Destiny Children might not be able to fund the school lunches beyond March or April next year, I felt compelled to do something to help. I spent a few hours racking my brains thinking of things I could do (sponsored run, cake bake etc) then decided that given it was all about providing food for the children, I would repeat a challenge we did in the office last year to live on a pound a day and this time, extend the time from 5 to 21 days and see if I could get people to sponsor me. I never expected quite so much support and it has been a very humbling experience.
We are very lucky here in the UK. We have unlimited clean drinking water and the shops are crammed full of every type of food we could ever need. To think that the money we have raised (about £2,000) will help to feed the beautiful children at DGS for an extra 8-10 weeks is such a great feeling and I am hopeful this will help the school through a difficult patch and the exchange rate will level out in the meantime. What I love about supporting Destiny Children is that I know for sure that all the money raised goes directly to DGS and that it makes a real difference to the lives of the children at the school. That’s so important.
What was a typical day’s menu?
Breakfast – a pear or a banana or a small bowl of porridge oats (made with water and a small handful of frozen berries)
Lunch – lentil, tomato and potato soup or instant noodles or split pea soup
Dinner – veggie chilli and rice or veggie curry and rice or stir fried rice and veg
Did you suffer from lack of energy or fatigue?
Not at all. I actually ate very well for the whole 21 days. I think it helped massively that I eat a mostly vegan, gluten free diet normally anyway so I didn’t need or miss expensive products like meat or cheese etc. I ate a LOT of lentils, potatoes and rice!
Did you lose any weight?
Yes, I lost a total of three pounds in weight and to be honest I felt great. I ate very healthy food for the full 21 days and drank gallons of water.
What did you miss most?
The biggest thing I missed was my coffee. I had a few days of caffeine withdrawal headaches in the first few days and I got really fed up of drinking plain water in the last week.
How difficult was it?
I would describe it as challenging rather than difficult. I really had to think it through and plan what I would eat.Everything was cooked from scratch and I spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen prepping and cooking. I cooked big batch quantities at the weekends (veggie chilli, soup etc) and froze individual portions for lunches and dinners in the week.
I got a bit bored with the restricted range of ingredients – it all became a bit ‘samey’ after the first 10 days, but I certainly didn’t go hungry and it really opened my eyes as to what’s possible on a limited budget (with a bit of creativity!).
I absolutely couldn’t have done this if I hadn’t used the dried herbs and spices from my cupboards – I’m no good with bland food!
Would you do it again?
Yes definitely! If I thought it would help, I wouldn’t hesitate, but unfortunately, I think I have may have exhausted my pool of sponsors as I approached absolutely everyone I could think of. I was blown away by everyone’s generosity.
I know you did one large shop at the start of the challenge – what was on your shopping list ?
- Tinned tomatoes x 3
- 1kg bag of frozen chopped mixed veg x 3
- 750g baby potatoes
- Baked beans x 2
- 1kg bag of cheap rice x 3
- 1kg porridge oats
- 500g dried green lentils
- 500g dried red lentils
- 500g dried split peas
- Supermarket own brand decaffe coffee
- 400g frozen mixed berries
- 250g dried marrowfat peas
- 2.5kg potatoes
- Bag of onions
- Bunch of spring onions
- Fresh ginger
- 2 lemons
- 2 limes
- Soy sauce
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 red pepper
- A bag of pears, net of satsumas and a bunch of bananas
- And 5 packets of 18p instant noodles!
Total : £ 19.92
I used my own cooking oil plus various dried herbs and spices from my cupboard.
I also spent another £1.05 in the last week on a small bag of potatoes (69p) and a sprig of broccoli (36p) leaving me with 4p over!
Can you let us have some of your recipes?
Unfortunately, I am not sure about the recipes for the veggie chilli and the lentil soup as I generally make things up as I go along and am notoriously bad at trying to write recipes down for people (I never measure anything and I just kind of throw things in whilst going along!).
I managed to make lentil falafels, home made ‘chips’ (technically chip shaped roast potatoes!) and some home made veggie sausage or burgers made with left over veggie chilli or veggie curry mixed with mashed potato, onions and bound together with oats.
A sponsor and his work colleagues raised much needed funds for Destiny Garden School from a cake sale this week – over £575. This was to help the current shortfall the charity is facing in meeting the running costs of the School due to the drop in the exchange rate following the UK referendum to leave the EU. These funds will be enough to continue providing a nutritious lunch for 16 days for all 420 children at DGS. The staff from Allies and Morrison Architects achieved this with a fantastic array of cakes and biscuits for sale – about 25 people made them and over a hundred people bought and tucked into the tasty treats !
*** 15th December – Stop Press *** A huge thank you to Allies and Morrison Architects who have matched the funds their staff raised at the cake sale – DGS can now ensure the children have a nutritious lunch for a further 16 days!
Tracy is raising much needed funds for Destiny Garden School by challenging herself to “live on £1 a day” for 21 days!! She started on Monday 14th November and is now a third of the way through.
All the best Tracy – when you get hungry just think that £730 raised will provide 420 hungry children at DGS with a school lunch for a whole month; the pound goes a long way in Kenya! For more information see Tracy’s page
**** Stop Press 15 December 2016 – Tracy achieved her challenge and exceeded her target by raising over £1,700 for Destiny Garden School. For details on how she did this, her shopping list and recipes see – Tracy’s Challenge – The Results! ****
Destiny Garden School broke up for their long school holidays – 28 October 2016 to 2 January 2017. End of Year celebrations took place with prize giving, entertainment, a special meal and the graduation of the Kindergarten class 3 children to Primary class 1 level. For details and photos please see – DGS End of Year Celebrations
A very successful African Event took place on Saturday 8th October and raised enough funds to give all 420 children at Destiny Garden School a nutritious midday meal every school day for ten weeks! The fantastic Kontaani Drumming Troupe treated us to a thrilling session of African drumming to get us all into the spirit of the evening, and Sens, an African dancer, got folk up onto the dance floor to have a go at African dancing. In keeping with the African theme, there was food from North, West, South and East Africa, together with an African quiz, an auction of African handmade items, a film clip of DGS children demonstrating a traditional African dance, and a game of Elephants and Lions! A night to remember for years to come. Our thanks go to all those who made it such a success and to the United Reformed Church for their wonderful venue. Link to see a video clip of the event
Judy Roper, Trustee and Founder of Destiny Children, visited Destiny Garden School during June/July 2016. Her principal job whilst there was to update the Charity’s records and the School Business Plan, and to review the information on all the 430 children now at the school in connection with the sponsorship programme. Judy says:
“The visit was great and it was very rewarding to see how Destiny Garden School has progressed, although it still has some way to go. It was wonderful to see all the children again; they are so appreciative of everything that the school does for them. All the staff are dedicated and they work well together as a team. Jacob, the School Director, works hard to ensure the school’s success and is very well respected by the people in the local community. Brenda, his wife who is also a School Director, takes a keen interest in how DGS operates. Boaz, the School Manager who joined us in March 2016, has settled in well and is producing some excellent work.”
To see some notes and photos of her visit please see this link – Judy’s-Visit-to-Mombasa-Web-Report.pdf
NB – 100% of all the funds Destiny Children receives, including the Gift Aid, go directly to Destiny Garden School. Judy’s visit to Mombasa was funded entirely by Judy herself.
Destiny Children’s sixth AGM was held on 17th June 2016 at The Tea Kitchen, Macclesfield. It has been a busy year and the Destiny Children team have worked well, enabling the charity to cover the running costs of Destiny Garden School, Mombasa. Their thanks go to all the charity’s sponsors and supporters, without whom this would not have been possible. A presentation detailing some of the events that have taken place both in the UK and in Mombasa was shown – please see AGM 2016 Destiny Children web
Congratulations to Rebecca Lo who completed the Color Run at Wembley Park, London. She raised over £850 for Destiny Garden School, Mombasa – which is fantastic and is going to be a great help to the school.
A successful Quiz Night raised much needed funds for Destiny Garden School and will be enough to provide all 420 children at the School with a nutritious lunch for a month – the pound goes a long way in Kenya! Many thanks to all who supported the event and to Chris, our Quizmaster.
Destiny Garden School children return back to school today after their April holiday and thanks to kind donations some will have a new desk. Making the desk units has provided work for the local carpenter – they are designed for 2 pupils but often have to be shared by 3 or 4 pupils. The School still needs another 24 Desk units.
We welcome Boaz Muoga as the new Destiny Garden School manager.
Victor Ongola left DGS at the end of February and moved to a school nearer his family, a move that should progress his career. He has very successfully undertaken the School Manager’s role for the last 5 years and has been a great help in developing the sponsorship programme – he will be missed.
Boaz Muoga joined the school at the beginning of January and Victor, who has been training him, handed the position over to Boaz with effect from 1st March 2016.
Africa Watoto, a UK charity run by Stella Bili, has funded the school lunch programme for the kindergarten children at Destiny Garden School during the last year. This has been a great help to the charity as we currently have a shortfall of funds to cover the full running costs of the School. Providing the DGS children with a nutritious lunch is very important to us as for many this is the only proper meal they receive during the day. We are doing all we can to recruit more sponsors to cover this shortfall and if you can help please see ‘sponsor’
Donations from three of our supporters enabled Destiny Garden School to buy a much needed cooking pot. Photos show the DGS cooks hard at work producing a school lunch for all 420 children.
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.
Year 5 pupils from The King’s School, Macclesfield, raised funds at their Christmas sale which have bought much needed security lights and fire extinguishers for Destiny Garden School in Mombasa. These items are essential for the safety and protection of everyone at Destiny Garden School and our thanks go to all the Year 5 children for raising so much.