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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 thirteen 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 three months there in 2017, we visited the 350 primary school students in Nambale Magnet School, which is supported by Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT, as well as the 45 primary and secondary students 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 who had just finished college, one girl in primary school, two students in secondary schools and a young man who is trained as an electrician and is looking for work - all of whom were in the Chemichemi program of Ripples International in Meru.

And we visited five Masai girls - one in Bissel Primary School, two in secondary schools and two at Threads of Hope Sewing School near Masai Mara.

There are five new photos taken in Kenya in Nairobi, Meru, Narok, Nambale and Kitale - and there are also four photos taken in the places we visited on our way home from Kenya - Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in Viet Nam. There are also four new animal photos taken in August in Samburu Reserve in Kenya. The others were taken in 2016 - seven in Kitale, two in Nambale, two in Archer’s Post, one in Meru and one in Bissil.

Your purchase of any of these 26 photos and/or note cards will help to provide porridge for 66 Rossholme preschoolers in Kiambiu slum in Nairobi.


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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 

 Soccer in the Hallway   View From Antony's Room    Masai Family    "We Love Playing Games"  Sarah  

The Oldest Hotel   Many Temples   Quiet Respite   Serene Waters  

Lots of Wildlife    Mama Grevy & Youngster    Mama Impala & Baby   Mama Elephant & Calf  

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Images copyright © 2016 and 2017 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.














Soccer

Soccer in the Hallway


The preschoolers at Rossholme Education Centre in the Kiambiu slum of Nairobi walk for an hour every Friday to the nearest playing field. And during their class breaks the other days of the week, the only space they have to play in the hallway.













View From Antony's Room

View From Antony's Room


He is a young trained electrical installer and it has been difficult finding enough work to support himself. He lives in a room on the third floor of a building in a crowded and noisy area in Meru.




















 Masai Family

Masai Family

The Threads of Hope Sewing Centre, on the road to Masai Mara, was started in 2014. It is training young Masai women to be seamstresses so that they can start their own small sewing businesses when they finish the nine month course.




















 "We Love Playing Games"

"We Love Playing Games"



Sports Day at Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya is a day filled with lots of energy. The 350 students are assigned to four teams, each with a wildlife name, and they compete to determine who is “king”.













Sarah

Sarah's Mum and Siblings

They came from the Lake Turkana area for a better life in Kitale. Their new home however, is very small for Sarah and her single mum and five siblings And earning enough to feed them is a major challenge for Sarah's mum since she can only find casual work like doing laundry and cleaning other people’s homes.



















The Oldest Hotel

The Oldest Hotel


Phnom Penh, in Cambodia, is a mixture of old and new. There are old buildings that date back to the 1800s when the French were there - and there are lots of motor bikes, cell phones and trendy coffee places for the young modern people.




















Many Temples

Many Temples


Angkor Wat, in Cambodia, is a UN Historic Site, and until 100 years ago, was unknown. A million people lived there in the 12th century, and 100,000 of them worked for 30 years, with 40,000 elephants, to build the many temples with huge stones.



















Quiet Respite

Quiet Respite


The lake in Hanoi, in Viet Nam, is an oasis - a place of calm in a hectic, frantic city where it seems everyone drives a motor bike. New high rise buildings tower over a Buddhist temple and trees, including weeping willows, provide shade for the weary.



















Serene Waters

Serene Waters


Ha Long Bay, with its two thousand islands covered with trees, is a UN Historic Site. It is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Only fisher people live there in floating villages. There are huge caves in some of the mountains and one was used in “Indochine”, which was filmed there in the early 1980s.



















Lots of Wildlife

Lots of Wildlife


Samburu Reserve is in a semi-arid region of Northern Kenya, and in August it is hot and dry. It looked like there was nothing for the animals to eat except dry grass and bushes. But there were many animals - zebras, oryx, gazelles, impalas, gerenuks, lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes - even a few Kudu, the most elusive of all the antelopes.














Mama Grevy & Youngster

Mama Grevy & Youngster


Grevy zebras have big ears, narrow stripes and white bellies - and are named after Jules Grevy, President of France in the 1880s. They are less common than Common Zebras in most parks, but plentiful in Samburu Reserve.








Mama Impala & Baby

Mama Impala & Baby


Impalas can leap high and run fast, but when they have young ones that want to be fed often, they are easy prey for lions.














Mama Elephant & Calf

Mama Elephant & Calf

Elephant mothers carry their babies for 22 months - and they need to nurse them until they are two years old. They can have calves every two to four years - and they can live longer than any other animals - up to 50 or 60 years, if everything works out well for them.