Work is progressing well; the office section has been built, the framework for the dining section nearly complete, and we hope the roof will go up shortly. For more photos and a full report on the progress of the Dining Shelter construction, please see this report.
Tino from Allies and Morrison, and Henry & Richard from Arup, made a site visit to DGS to monitor the progress of the new Dining Shelter construction. Their key objectives were to:
- Help the contractor deliver the design they have worked on for the last few months in London.
- Learn from the contractors experience, exchange knowledge about construction and how things are built in their 2 countries.
- Build relationship and trust with each other for possible future projects in Kenya.
For photos and more details on their visit see this report.
A very successful event organised by Trustee Martin Sutcliffe which raised over £3,000 for Destiny Garden School. The charity auction was supported by Adam Partridge, of “Cash in the Attic” and “Bargain Hunt” fame, who gave an interesting and very amusing talk about life as an auctioneer. Macclesfield United Reformed Church halls proved to be an ideal venue and our thanks go to them and all those who supported the event.
Destiny Garden School broke up on the 24th October, a bit earlier than usual due to the Kenyan election, and are now on holiday until 2 January 2018; this is their main holiday as the Kenyan school year is from January to December. The school website will shortly have more photos of the end of year celebrations and the Kindergarten class 3 graduation.
Architect Mark Taylor, from Allies & Morrison London, travelled to Mombasa to undertake a site visit for the proposed new Dining Shelter. He measured the ground levels and dimensions and interviewed prospective contractors tendering to undertake the construction of the building, ensuring that they understood the requirements of the designs. Mark was accompanied by his wife Junko – the visit was a great success; please see link for their report.
Nicky and Conrad Kelly, keen supporters of Destiny Garden School, Mombasa, came up with a novel way to raise funds for the school – they asked their wedding guests to pay a pound to select the music for their first dance. ‘All My Loving’ by the Beatles came out of the hat and proved to be very appropriate!
From this initiative enough funds have been raised to provide a nutritious school lunch for all 470 children at DGS for 3 days. This will be a great help and our thanks go to Nicky and Conrad and their guests.
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 term show!
A Dining Shelter is going to be built during Destiny Garden School’s holiday in November and December. We are very fortunate that volunteers from two top London firms; architects, Allies and Morrison and engineers, Arup, have given both their time and expertise free of charge to design the Dining Shelter, which will become a multi-functional area for the school. A generous donation and grants from the Rotary Club of Knutsford and the Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust have enabled us to fund the project.
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.
There are tickets available for this event which is being held at the Macclesfield United Reformed Church halls. An auction hosted by Adam Partridge, of “Cash in the Attic” and “Bargain Hunt” fame. Adam is going to talk about life as an auctioneer, give an insight behind the scenes as a TV presenter, a quiz guessing the value of antiques and preside over an auction of items and experiences in aid of Destiny Garden School.
Tickets are £10 and include light refreshments, and there will be a cash bar. If you’d like to come please contact Judy Roper on 01625 434262.
Elizabeth, keen supporter of Destiny Garden School, held a designer sale and coffee morning at her house. Lots of laughter over coffee and cakes as well as browsing through the large variety of designer goods on sale including handbags, jewellery, scarves, boots. 10 % of her sales were donated to Destiny Children and this provided all 470 children at DGS with a nutritious school lunch for 2 days.
Congratulations to Mike Hamlett who completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 38 minutes and raised funds for Destiny Garden School and Children in Need. The funds he raised for DGS, Mombasa, are enough to ensure all 470 children have a nutritious school lunch for 11 days. Our thanks go to Mike; this is going to be a great help to the school.
Several generous donations have ensured that DGS has been able to provide a nutritious lunch during this first term – our grateful thanks go them and the donors include Stella Bili of Africa Watoto, sponsor Tracy Norton and the staff from Allies and Morrison Architects.
Providing lunch for our 470 children is important, not only for their well-being and for their ability to learn effectively, but also to help ensure the children attend school. At home many of the parents and guardians from this very needy neighbourhood find it difficult to provide adequate food and are grateful knowing their children will receive a nutritious school lunch each day.
A generous donation from the Rotary Club of Knutsford has enabled Destiny Garden School to build a much needed incinerator.
Previously the school dealt with its waste by burning it on an open bonfire. The new incinerator will now provide a safer and more hygienic environment for the school and children, and will have many benefits which include reducing the dangers of fire outbreak, reducing smoke pollution, assisting in disease control, controlling rubbish and maintaining a tidy school compound.
Our thanks go to the Rotary Club of Knutsford.
A very successful event organised by keen supporter, Elizabeth Wright, which raised over £2,000 for Destiny Garden School. Hollin Hall, Kerridge, proved to be an ideal venue and the fabulous live 9 piece Band – ‘Bring on the Swing’ – certainly got everyone swinging.
Many thanks to Elizabeth and her helpers, and to all those who supported the event.
At the start of every term Destiny Garden School needs a supply of exercise books and stationery. The parents and guardians of the children cannot afford to buy these so the school relies on donations. Thanks to Kings’ School, the Neovia Supply Team and other generous donations, the charity was able to provide funds to buy the necessary items needed for this term. For more details and photos see this link to the school website.
At the Park Tavern, Macclesfield, showing – ‘The Danish Girl’
£10 entry – includes a buffet and cake!
For tickets and further details please contact Val Lear –
01625 421676 or 07769 994117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
After a two month holiday Destiny Garden School reopened. January is the start of the new school year in Kenya and we wish the children and staff members all the best for 2017.
We still have 2 tables of 10 or 12 available for our Swing into Spring Ball 2017 on Saturday 11th March 2017.
This black tie dinner dance is being held at Hollin Hall, Kerridge, near Bollington. Tickets, £48 each,include a three course meal and dancing to the fabulous band “Bring on the Swing”.
Tickets can be obtained from Elizabeth on 01625 427022.