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We are self-supported missioners – we’ve rented our home and our Roton Point unit - and we’ve lived with the local people in Kenya for the past twelve summers. We’ve spent time with young people that we, and many of our friends and family members, have helped to go to school. It is our hope that these graduates will get good jobs - and that they will in turn help to raise other at-risk children out of their poverty.

During our four months there in 2016, we visited the 330 primary school students in Nambale Magnet School, which is supported by Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT, as well as the 48 primary and secondary students, who are in thirteen schools in the Kitale area, who are being sponsored by parishioners of St. John Church, also in Darien, CT.

We also spent time with a young woman in college, two girls in primary school, one young man in secondary school and another who had just finished training to be an electrician - all of whom were in the Chemichemi program of Ripples International in Meru – and we visited three Masai girls in Bissel Primary School and two who are in secondary schools, one in Masii and the other in Kajiado.

All of these 26 photos were taken in 2016 - eight in Kitale, four in Nambale, three in Archer’s Post, two in Meru, one in Bissel and four in Samburu Reserve.

We spent ten days in Italy in September, on our way back to the US from Kenya, and so we’ve included one photo taken in each of the four places we visited – Rome, Venice, Florence and Siena.

Your purchase of these photos and/or photo note cards will help pay school fees and buy uniforms for needy students in Kenya.


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 Grandma  "She   Celina  “You Can   "We Give Thanks" 

"We Love to Sing"   "It   "It  

Samburu Dude   Turkana Mother and Her Girls   Pooh and Masai Friends  Three Generations    "They 

 We Wash Our Hands    Stella's Home     Dancing With Joy    It   Break Time   

Early Morning on Ponti Chiodo   View From Our Terrace    Dawn from our Balcony     First Prize for the Dragon   

 She    Preying Together     The Ewaso Nyiro     “Just Go Away”   

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Images copyright © 2015 by Marilyn Parker. All rights reserved.























 Grandma

Grandma's Helper

She lives with her grandparents and a couple of aunts in a family compound near Meru in Kenya. Her mother is buried in the garden next to the house she lived in. She’s only three, but going on twenty three, as she already knows that fetching water and wood are the duties of a mother in a rural agricultural area.












 Celina

Celina's Little Friend

He lives next door to Celina’s aunt and he’s often left alone. So he likes to visit Celina when she’s there on her school breaks. Celina is in the St. John Bosco Education Program, and she attends St. Angelica and St. Charles Primary Boarding School. This young boy will want to go there too, when he’s older and learns that Celina has a bed, three good meals every day and a school uniform.















"She

"She's a Dreamer"

It’s Parents' Day at St. John Bosco Children’s Centre in Kitale, Kenya, and this young girl from the neighborhood wants to be included in the fun activities that the sponsored Bosco students are enjoying. She also wants to go to a good primary school, and then to secondary boarding school, and she will need help to do this since her parents most likely only get casual jobs and get paid very little.












“You Can

“You Can't See Me”

Kids are the same everywhere. He thinks I can’t see him when he has his hands over his eyes. It is Parents'and Guardians' Day at St. John Bosco Children's Centre in Kitale, and this could be the first time this little guy was seeing a mzungu (white person). He was shy at first, but a bit later, he wanted to see his photo.












"We Give Thanks"

"We Give Thanks"

The children at Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya pray before having their meals. They know that they are blessed, and they thank God that they are able to attend this school, where they are given nutritious meals that keep them healthy and able to do their very best in their studies.




















"We Love to Sing"

"We Love to Sing"


2 It’s raining on Parents, Grandmothers and Guardians Day at St. John Bosco Children's Centre in Kitale, but these grandmothers are having fun. They’re watching their grandchildren dance and sing, and they’re singing along with them.




















 "It

"It's Uji Time"


The preschoolers at St. Theresa’s Primary School near Kitale in Kenya get a cup of uji (cornmeal porridge) during their morning break. They’ve been in their classes since 7 am, and many of them did not have anything to eat before coming to school.



















“It’s Sports Day”

“It’s Sports Day”


Over three hundred students, from Baby Class to Class 8, are lined up on the sports field at Nambale Magnet School. They’ve been divided into four teams, and now they’re warming up before completing in races and then soccer games.



















 Samburu Dude

Samburu Dude


It’s very hot and very dusty in Archer’s Post, Kenya, and until recently everyone walked everywhere. Now they can ride on the back of a motor bike for a small fee – and this young man, who probably had to borrow money to buy his bike, now has his own transport business. And he knows how to promote his business by making his bike stand out in the crowd.














 Turkana Mother and Her Girls

Turkana Mother and Her Girls

She lives in one of the slums in Kitale, Kenya, and her oldest daughter lives at St. John Bosco Children’s Centre during the week and goes to a nearby primary school. Then on the weekends and on school breaks, she goes back to her home and spends this time with her mother and young sister.













 Pooh and Masai Friends

Pooh and Masai Friends

Students from a university in Nairobi painted this Pooh mural on the side of one of the classrooms at Bissel Primary School in Kenya. And everyone loved the artwork, but no one knew the Pooh stories, so now these girls are reading the book.




















 Three Generations

Three Generations


It’s Parents' and Guardians' Day at St. John Bosco Children's Centre in Kitale, Kenya, where this young girl lives. She was found in a slum by a social worker, and she was given the chance to go to school. Her single mum and grandma did not have the money for school fees, and a uniform and shoes.














 They

"They're Living in Two Worlds"


She’s a social worker for Shepherds of Life, an NGO in Archer’s Post, Kenya – and she travels in style to visit Samburu women’s groups. She helps them to change their lifestyles. Some women make beaded items and jewelry which they sell to gift shops for tourists. Others are growing kale and onions in sack gardens under a shade net under a water tower with solar panels which USAID built.














We

We Wash Our Hands


It hasn’t rained in a long time, and the cistern and tanks are almost empty, so the students at Nambale Magnet School are using as little water as possible to wash their hands before their noon meal. There are 342 students and they need many gallons of water every day for drinking, bathing and washing their uniforms.













 Stella's Home

Stella's Home


It’s a room within walking distance of her college, where she can cook, sleep and study. There’s a spigot in the courtyard so she has water for cooking, bathing and laundry. And it’s much better than the timber home that she lived in as a young girl.




















 Dancing With Joy

Dancing With Joy

Samburu women, in Archer’s Post, Kenya, no longer need to carry water from a river five miles away. USAID drilled a borehole and put solar panels on the top of a tower to run the pump. Now the women have lots of water nearby to cook with.




















 It

It's Woman's Work



She’s one of the cooks at Nambale Magnet School, where there are 342 students – and they all get a cup of maize meal porridge during their morning break. So every day, a lot of maize has to be sifted and ground before it is cooked.













 Break Time

Break Time

It’s eleven in the morning, and break time for these children at St. Theresa Primary School in Kitale, Kenya. They've been in class for four hours and they probably only had chai (tea with milk) for breakfast. So porridge that pours provides some much needed energy, and it keeps them awake in their classrooms until lunch time at one in the afternoon.



















Early Morning on Ponti Chiodo

Early Morning on Ponti Chiodo


We looked down this narrow, winding street in Venice, Italy from our guest house window. It was fascinating to watch the early risers out there walking as the sun came up and lit the buildings in the distance. Venice is so beautiful – and so quiet, since there is no place for cars to go. The only way to get around is to walk or take a boat.




















View From Our Terrace

View from our Terrace


We were in a small hotel on a narrow street near the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy – and we loved our neighbor’s garden, and enjoyed hearing their voices and the music that drifted across to us.



















Dawn from our Balcony

Dawn from our Balcony


Our hotel in Siena, Italy was next to a section of the wall that surrounds the old city. We loved waking up early in the morning, and then watching as the sun bathed the olive trees and vineyards and the Tuscan hills in the distance.



















 First Prize for the Dragon

First Prize for the Dragon


We arrived in Firenze, Italy, and got settled into our room with a view just in time for the parade of paper lanterns. We watched as a band led hundreds of people into the plaza to celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin.



















 She's Coming This Way

She's Coming This Way


We were in a safari vehicle on a game drive in Samburu Reserve – and we couldn’t believe that this lioness walked down the road, straight toward us. She was on a mission to get to her cubs and shield them from the tourists in a lot of vehicles. Everyone wanted to take her photo – and she just didn’t want all that attention.














 Preying Together

Preying Together


Mother cheetahs are very protective of their young ones. They keep them well hidden in the vegetation of the Samburu Reserve until they are old enough to hunt for themselves.





















 The Ewaso Nyiro

The Ewaso Nyiro


This river flows from the west side of Mt. Kenya and north into and through Samburu Reserve. It was quite shallow, so the elephant families, even those with newborns, had no problem crossing it. They just need to watch out for the crocodiles.














 “Just Go Away”

“Just Go Away”

We’re in Samburu Reserve and half a dozen safari vehicles have gathered to see this leopard. He’d just walked into a dry river bed and climbed up on a log to rest, but he didn’t stay long ‘cause it was hard for him to nap with a lot of people watching.