Between April 2013 and April 2014, the Wanalea Family has grown! We went from 27 to 31 children!

 

 

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March 17th 2014 was a very special and unforgettable day for the Wanalea Family: we moved!

 

 

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In June 2014, we finished the construction of the Sondra Myers Library at the Wanalea Children's Home. It was a very special day for all of us and the outcome of ADDHU's local team's excellent and hard work.

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This year, the Wanalea family celebrated the International Children's Day in a very special way. On June 1st 2014, a team of UCI, a company that supports ADDHU and this particular project, came to visit the Wanalea Children's Home...

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In Kenya, uniforms are mandatory to attend school, which makes access to education more difficult for poor and vulnerable children, who do not have the means to acquire the necessary uniforms.

 

 

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It is now possible to support ADDHU’s feeding program in the slum and to sponsor the meals of a needy child for only 10 Euros per month! ADDHU’s new program “Feed a Child” allows anyone interested in helping these kids to make a lasting and positive difference in their lives by making monthly donations and ensuring the continuation of ADDHU’s life-saving food aid program. 

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Nestlé Kenya has donated Milo chocolate for milk and Cerevita breakfast cereals to the Wanalea Children’s Home. The products donated willl contribute to improve the nutrition of the children, which has always been one of our majour concerns. 

 

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On the 26th of April 2013, ADDHU’s team travelled to the rural area of Kisii to promote a workshop about the prevention and treatment of “jiggers”, a skin infection that affects many people from the rural community of Kitutu and that can have serious consequences if left untreated.

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The Citizens of the World program continues to be a success and its impacts impressive! ADDHU has now partnered with the Lycée Français Charles Lepierre, in Lisbon, and was able to to conduct the 8 sessions defined in the program between October 11 and November, and therefore to implemented the entire program for the first time.

 

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ADDHU has given the first steps in a new project, which we intend to fully implement during the year of 2013: the project Viver Sénior.

 

 

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In February 2013, the Wanalea Family grew again! Bathsheba Ebisiba is the most recent member of our loving family. She is 6 years old and comes from the rural area of Kisii in Western Kenya.

 

 

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Besides the School Feeding Program, ADDHU has been conducting an english learning program since September 2012 for the children of the Kitui Ndogo Nursery School in the Kitui Ndogo slums in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

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Between the 11th of March and the 12th of April, ADDHU’s team, composed by the president of the NGO Laura Vasconcellos and the project manager Carolina Vasconcellos, travelled once again to Kenya for a one-month field mission.

 

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On the 3rd of April 2012, we welcomed volunteer Barbara Pereira to the Wanalea Family! Barbara is staying in Kenya for one year under the European Voluntary Service.

 

 

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On the 16 of January 2012, the environmental education program called “Garbage Busters” was launched in the Soweto slums by volunteer Marta Sofia Pinto, with the help and support from ADDHU’s partners in Kenya, God’s Vision for Africa.

 

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Between the 1st of November and the 5th of December, ADDHU’s team, composed by the president of the NGO Laura Vasconcellos and the project manager Carolina Vasconcellos, travelled to Kenya for a one-month field mission. Besides the awaited reunion with the children of the Wanalea Centre, other initiatives were developed, among which the distribution of food and Gifts of Hope in Nairobi’s slums.

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There are more than 300,000 vulnerable children in Nairobi, Kenya who have never had the opportunity to have a real Christmas... More than 300,000 children who don’t know the safety, protection and care of a home and a loving family... Who don’t know what it’s like to eat everyday, go to school or to the doctor when they are sick... Many of these children are orphans, others where abused and abandonned, but they all have something in common: they don’t have anything, not even a piece of paper to proove they exist... It they die or disappear, no one will look for them... Because they don’t exist, they have never existed... They are the invisible children...

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On the 19 of October 2011, the 1st Human Rights Observatory was inaugurated in the Reynaldo dos Santos High School of Vila Franca de Xira, in the area of Lisbon. This project is integrated in our education for human rights and global citizenship program called Citizens of the World.

 

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The reconstruction of the Cityshine Primary School in the Soweto slums in Nairobi has reached its final phase. The reopening of the school is scheduled for the 15th of October 2011.

 

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In order to respond to the current food crisis that is threatening millions of lives in the Horn of Africa, ADDHU has been providing relief aid to the most affected families in the Soweto and Majengo slums in Nairobi, where famine is putting the lives of thousand of children at risk and forcing mothers into prostitution in order to feed their kids.

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When you buy one of these original and inspiring t-shirts and/or bags, you are making a direct contribution to ADDHU’s hunger relief interventions in the slums of Nairobi. You and your children can help to put an end at famine and hunger and make a real difference in the lives of those affected by one of the worst food crisis ever seen.

 

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Between July 27th and August 27th, ADDHU’s team, composed by the president of the NGO Laura Vasconcellos and the project manager Carolina Vasconcellos, went back to Kenya for a one-month field mission.

 

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The lives of 11 million people – most of them children – are at risk in East Africa. The worst drought in more than 60 years is threatening lives not only in Somalia, but also in Kenya and Uganda, and the situation is growing more dire every day. The UN has described this crisis as one of the worst humanitarian crisis mankind has ever seen and the state of famine has already been declared in more than 3 regions of Somalia.

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The lives of 11 million people – most of them children – are at risk in East Africa… The worst drought in more than 60 years is threatening lives not only in Somalia, but also in Kenya and Uganda, and the situation is growing more dire every day.

 

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The Portuguese Language and Culture Learning Program was launched in July 2011, by the volunteers and teachers Mariana Pereira and Romana Santos.

The program’s objective is to teach primary and secondary students Portuguese language, as well as the History and Culture of Portugal.

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Between March 22nd and April 28th, ADDHU’s team went back to Kenya, accompanied and helped by volunteers and foster parents Patrícia Soares, Carlos Dias and Cecília during the first two weeks of the mission, as well as “regular” volunteers Susana e Gonçalo.

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In partnership with ADDHU, Terra dos Sonhos, a Portuguese charity, brings happiness, joy and hope to the children of Kenya through the donation of coloring books and pencils. The books and pencils were distributed to the children of the Wanalea Centre, as well as the children of the Soweto slums, by ADDHU’s teams in April 2011.

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On March 10 2011, ADDHU launched a school feeding program in the Soweto slums in Nairobi. This program will benefit around 700 children from several schools located in the slums, who will receive at least one meal per day, while they are in school, during one year. The meals are usually served at lunchtime, although some children also receive some snacks in the morning, as they arrive to school on an empty stomach.

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The 13th of May 2011 was a special day for the children of the Cityshine School in the Soweto slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Twelve boxes full of clothes, school materials and toys, sent by ADDHU in March 2011, finally arrived to their destiny, bringing lots of joy and happiness to some 200 children from this slum!

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His name is Abedneco Wanza, he is 6 years old and he is the first child to be sponsored by Portuguese foster parents in the Soweto Slums of Nairobi.

 

 

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The cheese producer Casa Matias is the most recent corporate sponsor of ADDHU. This is an excellent example of a successful company that, even in times of economic crisis, is willing to lend a helping hand to those who are in need and support ADDHU’s projects by donating 10% of the sales’ profit to ADDHU.

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Since 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering, ADDHU would like to take this opportunity to thank the national volunteers who help and support us.

 

 

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Between November 15th and December 22nd, ADDHU’s team went back to Kenya where, besides the long-awaited visit to the children in Wanalea Children’s Home, other initiatives were also taken, amongst which the new partnerships formed and the launch of the Gifts of Hope Programme are of particular note.

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The Gifts of Hope Program was launched with success during the months of November and December, with the distribution of the first Gifts in Kenya and Nepal.

 

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Soila is a beautiful Maasai girl. She is 7 years old and she has been under ADDHU’s care since January 2008. She is an orphan and was rescued from the streets of the Kware slum in Nairobi. Recently, Soila was diagnosed with the Perthes Disease, a degenerative disease that affects the articulations of the hips.

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ADDHU has rescued another child by giving her shelter in the Wanalea Children’s Home in Nairobi. Her name is Gaki and she is 9 years old. She comes from the region of Meru, near Mount Kenya. After her mother’s death, Gaki was brought to the Kware slum in Nairobi by her aunt, who mistreated her, physically abusing the child and forcing her to work.

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A new house is currently being built by ADDHU in Chitwan, Nepal. The house belongs to a family of three, composed by the mother, who is a widow, and her 2 children (an eight-year old boy and a six-year old girl).

 

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During the month of June 2010, ADDHU’s president and founder, Laura Vasconcellos, travelled to the region fo Chitwan in Nepal, in order to proceed with the execution of its development projects, as well as evalute and restructure ADDHU’s International Volunteering Program in Nepal (Namasté Program).

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Laura Vasconcellos, the Founder and President of ADDHU, and Carolina Vasconcellos, the Project Manager, travelled to Kenya on the 15th of July, where they stayed until the 29th of August in order to visit the children of the Wanalea Children’s Home, and to continue the implementation of its development and humanitarian projects in this country, namely in the Kitui Nodgo slum located in Nairobi, and in the rural area of Kisii.

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On June 2nd 2010, the president of ADDHU, Laura Vasconcellos, presented our fieldwork to the students of Castelo da Maia Secondary School, and talked about the violation of human rights in Burma and Kenya, raising special interest among the students on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation, as well as other issues such as tolerance and respect for the Other, integrating cultural differences, tribal issues in Kenya and gender equality.

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On June 7th 2010, ADDHU began its partnership with Ajuda de Mãe, through the donation of 30 baby pushchairs to the president of Ajuda de Mãe, Mrs. Madalena Teixeira Duarte, which will benefit young teenage mothers supported by this Portuguese charitable institution.

 

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On March 2010, we rescued another little orphaned girl from poverty and abandon, by sheltering her in our Wanalea Children’s Home. Her name is Hilda, she is only 4 years old and she comes from the rural area of Kisii, where she was living with a “grandmother” who asked for ADDHU’s support and assistance, as she wasn’t able to ensure the basic needs of the child. Hilda is an orphan: both her parents died from HIV related complications, but Hilda isn’t HIV+. In the Wanalea Children’s Home, little Hilda was reunited with her sister Dolivine, who is 8 years old and has been living in the Centre since August 2009.

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Laura Vasconcellos, Founder and President of the organization, and Carolina Vasconcellos, the Project Manager, travelled to Kenya on March 20th, where they stayed for one month in order to visit the children of the Wanalea Children’s Home, and to continue the implementation of ADDHU’s development and humanitarian projects in this country, namely in the area of Kisii.

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The Nakuru National park is one of the most emblematic and beautiful natural parks of Kenya. The objective of this field trip was to show the children the natural beauty and cultural richness of their native land. We left Nairobi very early in the morning, since it is a quite long journey and we wanted to enjoy the day at the park.

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This year, we anticipated Christmas in order to celebrate the magic of the season with the children of the Centre. The 8th of November 2009 was a day full of joy and love, which neither the children nor the ADDHU staff will soon forget.

 

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Laura Vasconcellos, Founder and President of the organization, and Carolina Vasconcellos, the Project Manager, travelled to Kenya on November 11th, where they stayed for one month in order to visit the children of the ADDHU/CYCA Centre for Orphans, and to continue the implementation of its development and humanitarian projects in this country.

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