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Weʼre raising £5,000 to rebuild the dilapidated kitchen and extend the dormitory in the Jirani home for boys saved from the streets in Thika, Kenya.

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Three years ago, Sister Veronica heard about 22 street boys that had been thrown out of the shack where they were living and took them under her care. As a nun, she has no personal resources except her love and compassion. She registered the project as a Community Based Organisation with the Government of Kenya. A builder erected a cheap building but on 26th May this year the storm removed the roof, flooding their beds, clothing, food and their few personal possessions. I immediately borrowed some money and had a new stronger roof on in ten days as friends rallied round with amazing support. The builder has not offered any further help. I receive copies of every invoice and receipt and Diana (see bio) reports to me. I intend to visit in October. To date, apart from the new improved roof, I have been able to fund a new pit latrine, some uniforms, shoes for each boy, and, as you will see from the GIF, gumboots (their word) for each boy. I can't abandon them!


This "kitchen" now has to feed 33 boys so please help me to fund something fit for purpose.

More often, this is mealtime, weather permitting!

About one month ago, Veronica told me that she had thirty boys and could take no more. Having seen the plans of the home, I asked her how she accommodated them as there wasn't space. She sent me the photo below!

Two days ago (18th June), she sent me another photo.

Some neighbours had found these boys wandering and brought them to Jirani. Veronica couldn't say "No". I asked where they were sleeping. "Two in a bed is better than sleeping on the street!" The boys aren't complaining. The same neighbours bought them each a school uniform. Can you imagine how these unloved, unwanted, rejected youngsters are feeling today? STAGE 2 OF THIS APPEAL IS "ONE BED: ONE BOY!" We plan to build another dormitory over the new kitchen that you are funding. Thank you or as the boys would say, "Asante sana".


The boys' way of thanking the largest donor for the new roof. Broken windows are common in Kenya where maintenance and repairs take low priority.

Progress on the new roof in late May 2018. It was finished in 10 days, but would have been done more quickly if we had not had to wait for the money.


Just before the roof was blown off, I had sent money for wellington boots because of the appalling muddy conditions. Here the lads are singing a song of thanks, "Asante Yesu". When I saw this, I immediately demanded a pair of yellow boots!

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    • Char Forbes

      Char Forbes

      Jul 8, 2018

      Happy Birthday xoxox


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      Jun 24, 2018


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    Martin Mackenzie

    Martin Mackenzie

    Warwick, UK

    Diana, a daughter of the Head Teacher of a deaf school in Lambwe that I have supported for over 10 years, started visiting Jirani with other University friends to play games with the boys and cook for them. That is how I was introduced.

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