Hujambo, I am Matilda Muthoni, a 23-year-old nursing student at Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Kenya at Lodwar Turkanu County. Lodwar, the capital of Turkana County, is the largest town in North-western Kenya located near Lake Turkana and is one of the places in Kenya with extremely high temperatures; the maximum temperature readings being … Continue reading Working as a student nurse
When I was in school I always thought of what I would do to repay The Giraffe not only for their kindness but also generosity. After finishing Secondary School, I decided to volunteer in the Giraffe office which as a privilege and when the sponsorship coordinator Jackie and John said they were coming, three of … Continue reading A new experience
C. was the little girl whose mother left to find work in another country leaving her children behind. You can read her story in the Poster Girl blog. What I didn't say was that C. had an older sister, also part of the Giraffe programme, and at the time all this was going on, she … Continue reading Behind the scenes
Sponsors get a great deal out of the relationship with their sponsored child — but sponsorship has its critics too. The Giraffe Project works primarily through direct financial support of individual children by individual sponsors. For the sponsor, this brings a close, personal connection with a specific individual that they (often as a family) can genuinely and consistently … Continue reading Sponsorship – does it work?
I want to introduce you to some of the people who have inspired us at Giraffe. So meet C, having her photo taken outside her school. She smiles and gives a thumbs up, a little bundle of giggles and mischief. Out of shot, her teacher stands, a reassuring presence, but C doesn't need any reassurance. … Continue reading Poster girl…
Meet N. We're guests at his wedding. You can see the men and women in jewel colours; the elegant dancers. Listen to the long speeches; the shouts of encouragement (and perhaps one or two salty observations - you know what weddings are like!) That's N., switching effortlessly between three languages. You can tell he's on … Continue reading Suffer now, enjoy tomorrow…
Welcome to Giraffe We're an educational charity, and when we started out ten years ago, we rather reasonably assumed that we would be most use providing educational resources to local schools. Well, that did come, but not until some time later - after we realised that kids who haven't eaten for days, or who had … Continue reading Fixing the world