Greetings from Nakuru

Here in Nakuru, Africa, after a season of prolongued hot weather and drought, the rain has finally arrived. Many parts of the country have been flooded, even parts that are normally very dry!

The track leading up to our home and the main Beehive house has become like a river. However, we have taken advantage of the rains and planted our shamba (vegetable garden) with spinach and kale (sukuma wiki) which is a staple of the Kenyan diet.

News from the Beehive

At the end of April, Jane and four staff members undertook the Trauma Competent Caregiving Training to be able to support the girls in the best way possible. It was an intensive three day course run by Trauma Free World, a Christian programme in the USA. Two staff members also completed this training in Nairobi in March. They all found it to be very informative and extremely helpful. We hope to be able to train the remaining staff in the coming months.

We were blessed with a visit from the Tindal family at the end of May. They spent time with girls and the little ones, and enjoyed a whole host of activites and fun aswhell as devotions and worship, as always.

During April, we had a wonderful time with friends who were visiting from Australia. We also a visit from a friend in London. We had a wonderful trip to the Masaj Mara by way of early celebration of a special birthday coming up for Jane. It was a precious time for us all to be together since before the pandemic.

News on the girls

The past few months have been busy and challenging. *Georgia* gave birth by Caesarean section at the end of April, to a beautiful baby girl. For now, we will support *Georgia* in early motherhood and give her baby the best start in life. We are hoping they will both be able to return home before too long.

We recently welcomed two new girls into The Beehive family: 14 year old *Hannah*, and 16 year old *Emily*. *Hannah* gave birth to a precious little boy, just three days after we welcomed *Georgia’s* beautiful girl into the world. Thus, we have two newborn babies in the main house. Everyone was very delighted!

*Rachel*, who arrived with her 4 day old daughter, unfortunately only stayed a week. Sadly we said goodbye as it was a compromise of her safety and protection by the senior officer responsible for her case.

*Sandra*, who came to us last July with baby girl, ran away in the middle of the night. It was all very distressing and stressful. But her little one has continued to thrive. *Sandra’s* parents have expressed a willingness to take her little one back into the family. We are now working with the relevant departments to see if this can be a real possibility.

*Marie*, not long after *Sandra’s* abrupt departure, has expressed wishes to return home. Sadly we cannot say that she and little J have returned home ‘safely and appropriately’ due to circumstances we cannot say. But they have returned home to her grandmother.

The girls’ education

*Mercy* completed her KCPE (end of primary exam) back in November. She struggled alot at school so we have been struggling to know the right way forward. We are delighted that she has found a local sewing school where she will spend six months. On completion, hopefully she will have a set of skills to help her move into adulthood and support little Annie.

Three of our girls are sitting their KCSE this year (end of High School exam, equivalent to A-Levela in the UK) along with two girls who have left our care but whom we still support. We have four girls sitting their KCPE (equivalent to year 9 SATS in the UK). All these exmas take place in November.

It is a very important and pivotal part of their journeys, so please keep each one of these girls in your thoughts and prayers.

In other news

Two of our little chaps have just joined nursery school. Whilst here in Kenya it is called play-school, it aligns more to what we are familiar with in the UK as nursery school. There is some basic learning along with play and other activities.

They will be four in June and July and are very ready for this. Both are so excited to be going off each day!

Please note names and pictures have been changed for anonymity reasons, and to protect the girls.

We will be in the UK through June and returning to Kenya towards the end of July.

we have a busy schedule of church talks, some small group talks and awareness meetings. If you would like to attend and find out more about the valuable work we do, please do not hesitate to contact us here.

If you would like to donate or learn more about donating, we would be extremely grateful, as it is the reason we are able to do what we do!

Our Easter News

Happy belated new year from our Beehive family! Welcome to our Easter news. In Kenya it is customary that the first time you meet someone in a new year (even as late as March) you are supposed to wish them a Happy New Year.

We had a wonderful Christmas here. During December the girls had lots of fun, including a special fun day. We hired a children’s entertainer from Nairobi. The day was spent playing many team games. Our son was here visiting at the time and his partener joined in with the fun, painting all the little ones’ faces.

For Christmas Day the girls and the little ones were invited to the Nakuru Governor’s home, along with around 1500 others from homes throughout the country! They had a wonderful day. So we celebrated Christmas Day as a Beehive family on Christmas Eve. Lots of games were played, we danced, we sang and we ate lots of lovely Kenyan Fare. Alan and I gave out Christmas gifts to everyone and even recieved a lovely gift from our staff. We all felt so blessed, it was a really wonderful time.

Hello’s and Goodbye’s

Just before christmas we wlcomed two new oung girls who brought with them two new little ones.

We said cheerio to R* and her little boy after being with them for eight years. She finished High school at the end of the year and now is waiting to join a further education course.

we also said cheerio to I* shortly after Christmas, who very sadly lost her premature new born baby in October. She has been reintergrated with her siblings in another home where they have been placed.

School news

Our KCSE (end of Primary exams) girls and our KCSE (end og High School exams) girls all did well when they recieved their results.

Two of our girls had good enough grades to be able to continue onto University in September which is brilliant news.

However, the grading system here in Kenya is very difficult to understand, and unfortunately there are often other things at play. This means pupils do not always get their own marks or are marked unfairly. This is something we have learnt to accept, despite being extremely frustrating. One of our girls was deffinately not given her correct pass grade. Therefore she is not now able to go onto University, which she deserves so much. Instead, she has returned to School to repeat her 4th year.

After that was all over, it was time to settle down to the buisness of getting everyone ready for the new school year. We had two little ones joining Nursery School, two girls joining Junior High and five girls joining High School. We have also had four girls joining sewing school on a six-month programme.

In other news

Sadly, a few of the girls were involved in a road incident at the end of January. On their way home from school on Thursday, F* was hit by a slow-moving vehicle, which had swerved to avoid a motorbike.

Often the custom here in such circumstances is that the driver must take the person they hit to the hospital. With no one at The Beehive being yet aware of what had happened, the three girls got into his car.

The driver panicked and dumped them somewhere else in the dark. He forcibly pushed them out of his vehicle, and one of the girls slipped and he ran over her foot.

As soon as we became aware of the issue, we managed to locate them and take them all to hospital. Thankfully, F* only sustained some deep tissue bruising. N* had a dislocated foot which needed to be set in plaster. All three girls involved were understandably very traumatised.

This year seems to be going by very fast! The girls and little ones are all going well, having recently recovered from a nasty stomach bug. They greatly enjoy coming together on Sunday mornings, gathering together for church at Alps house. The girls lead the worship, and a couple of them are on the ‘speaking team’, along with Alan and three of our ladies. We continue to see the hand of God throughout the work, bringing favour and blessing.

Check our blogs page as we will have more updates on the Beehive, the girls and life here in Nakuru!