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We thought it was time we sent round an update to let you know how things are going in Kipkelion.  You’ve supported us generously in the past, and thanks to your help the people of Kipkelion are seeing real improvements in their lives.  From now on, we plan to send you an update on the progress of our projects about three times a year – if you’d rather not hear from us, you can unsubscribe below.  And if you find the newsletter interesting, do forward it to a friend or encourage them to sign up to our mailing list here.

Michael Deriaz
Chairman, Friends of Kipkelion
World Toilet Day is November 19th
Saturday November 19th is World Toilet Day -  the day when we remember the hundreds of millions of people around the world who do not have access to a proper toilet.  In Kipkelion, this problem affects thousands of families and prevents many children from attending school.  This single creaky latrine is the only toilet available for the use of over a hundred 5 and 6 year old kids at one primary school in Kipkelion – a real danger to health.  We’re aiming to mark World Toilet Day by raising £5,000 to build a modern latrine block at a school in Kipkelion – if you can help us, please click on the link.

What's been happening in 2016?

Clean Water At Last

Last week saw the official opening of the water scheme at Nduro in Kipkelion West.  Clean water is now being piped down from a mountain spring, and is available to over 1000 families.  Previously they had to drink water from the local river, and people used to die of cholera.  The community in Nduro organised this project themselves – we supported it in collaboration with Friends of Londiani and the local authorities.  Everybody agrees that the clean water is a huge step forward, and we are looking into the feasibility of extending the project to more communities in the near future.

London Marathon

In April, Ali Kyrke-Smith ran the London Marathon for Friends of Kipkelion, finishing in a terrific time of 3 hours 36 minutes - only 1 minute behind Major Tim Peake who was running in the International Space Station....

Ali's efforts raised £9,000 for Furaha Primary School in Kipkelion - enough to build a water tank, toilets and many more facilities for the children there. Many thanks and congratulations to Ali!

Fighting to Eradicate FGM

This time of year is the FGM season in Kipkelion, and our volunteer facilitators will be using every possible opportunity to explain to people all across the 1,000 square miles of Kipkelion that FGM should be abandoned and replaced by an “Alternative Rite of Passage” for girls. Fifty of the facilitators gathered in Londiani this week to plan their campaign and schedule the Alternative Rite of Passage courses for the coming month.  We aim to provide the Alternative Rite of Passage to  over 1,000 girls in Kipkelion this year, working with our partners Friends of Londiani and with the support of funding from the British Government’s UK Aid Direct programme.

Smokeless Stoves Project

Did you know that smoke inhalation kills more people in the developing world than malaria? 

As part of our smokeless stoves project, we met an elderly Kipkelion resident who was forced to sleep in the smoky kitchen of the small house she shared with four generations of her family. All the cooking was done over an open wood fire inside the house. As part of the programme, we installed a stove (and a chimney!) in this house - no more smoke inside the house, and the new stove uses much less fuel, and so will pay for itself in a few months. Another great collaboration with our partners, Friends of Londiani.

School Toilets at Ngendalel Primary School

The girls at this Kipkelion primary school love the new toilets and washrooms we built them, with the support of Kitchen Table Charities Trust and Friends of Londiani.

Sadly, there's still plenty of work to be done for the boys' toilets. These basic latrines are made of rotting wood, and the hundred children who use them daily run the constant risk of falling in when planks give way.
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