Donation and report from the school in KIBERA

  

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DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

The month of August 2014 started well with the highest population we have not seen since 2010.The population was more than 300. It is because of the quality care, teaching and the services the children get in the centre that made us get this increase in demand for the new admissions. Due to lack of spacious rooms, we had to block more than 50 children out of the centre of which their parents are not happy to date. We hope to have them back.

It is in the same month we received a donation of Kshs From our friends Nicolas and Claudia to aid  in  the running of the school programs.

All these have brought a big smile to the faces of these orphans and vulnerable children and the community at large.

As I speak now, the total population from day care to class four is 350 children, 10 teachers,1 cook and a cleaner, a director and a headteacher. There is therefore an urgent need to employ 2 more teachers, 1 cook, 1 cleaner and 2 security guards. The growth has been very good and fast thus an urgent call to buy rental units or building/ house  to accommodate more than 350  children and more  that we have blocked out since there is still high demand of the new admissions and also  make the school operate in its own environment  too ,have office, store,  kitchen ,toilet/latrine among others.

Our major problem as per now is the issue of The Kenya Rift Valley Railway Line that had given a notice for the buildings near the railway line to move 30m away from the railway line. This calls for an urgent action to look for a new place to allow for the new construction of the railway line to go on as soon as possible. We have therefore been organizing for the fundraising but all in vain since the cash I get go to feeding, purchase school resources/ uniforms and pay rent for the 3 halls that children learn in.

Besides these, I must say that we stand to work hard and see Brainstorm perform its activities to the best standards we can. I am optimistic that one day, Brainstorm will be in its own environment, have spacious classrooms, toilets, play field, office , kitchen and the store too; to allow for and accommodate the largest population we see now and even more .

May I therefore take this opportunity to humbly thank you Anthony Ethan,Nicolas,Claudia and and all who have contributed towards bringing a big smile to these young and vulnerable children and the community here in Brainstorm- Kibera.

THANK YOU ALL! THANK YOU ALL! THANK YOU ALL!

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Walking on Greenland’s ice sheet

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The Greenland ice sheet is a vast body of ice covering 1,710,000 square kilometres roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland. It is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The mean altitude of the ice is 2,135 metres (7,005 ft).[1] The thickness is generally more than 2 km (1.2 mi). Some scientists predict that climate change may be near a “tipping point” where the entire ice sheet will melt in about 2,000 years.[2] If the entire 2,850,000 cubic kilometres (684,000 cu mi) of ice were to melt, it would lead to a global sea level rise of 7.2 m (24 ft).[3]

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Featured at “Ta Nea” newspaper

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Two Gold awards at the 2014 PX3 PARIS

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I was anticipating and hoping for this… My monochrome series of the giraffes is one of my finest works as of yet and I am extremely happy they have been awarded with such a great prize.  The challenge represents my new journey to the world of color. My own color.. A long anticipated journey starts  the best way possible. :)

WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris.

Nicolas Lotsos of Greece was awarded two Gold Awards – First Prizes- in the Professional category Nature/wildlife for the entries entitled, ” Giraffa Camelopardalis” and “The Challenge”. The jury selected PX3 2014’s winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries. 

Off to the Arctic

 

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I am only one week home and I am leaving tomorrow again for 2 weeks in the frozen arctic.  We will explore the ice world of  Greenland, sail through the icebergs, walk in the glaciers, maybe meet some wales along the way.

All these are fantastic and it is a dream come true but the hardest thing of all is to leave the best guy in the world behind. The relief is that he is in the hands of the best mom in the world and I know he is happy. See you both soon :)

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