AKCO Newsletter April, 2017
April has arrived here with a damper for many Australians but we stand with all those who have been so severely affected by the devastation caused by Cyclone Debbie; the ensuing deluge has pounded the regions of Queensland and NSW leaving untold damage and destruction of property, even loss of lives in its wake! We look for a silver lining to break through the storm and for the affected people to successfully recover from all this.
A lot has been happening at AKCO both in Australia and in Kenya.
Some exciting highlights include:
The ‘Omas Kitchen’ at the Proposed Captain’s Choice Academy is now past the Lintel level. Appreciation and gratitude to all those involved in this life changing project including project contractor Dennis Akelo, building crew and the volunteers who’ve put in time, talent and effort to get the ‘Omas kitchen’ to where it is today. Thanks to Elisha Sidandi, Rose Otieno, Julius Ouko, and AKCO Photographer Oluoch Toby as well as project sponsor Johanna Mathot. Many mouths shall be fed as a result!
Camp Lolgorian, Maasai Mara has had interesting development with every week bringing in more exciting progress. A load of thanks and appreciation to all the building crew and volunteers both local and foreign who have put in their time, effort and talent to make this life changing mission and project possible. Massive thanks to Eco-camp builders TinMan, Kimberley, Symon Makombitho and Michael Mwadime as well as all the others.
Container for Kenya (2) which was flagged off from Melbourne by AKCO members at the end of January has now docked at the port of Mombasa, Kenya! AKCO agents are working hard to get it cleared from the port and we would like to acknowledge and recognise Chris of the Decent Logistics LTD as well as Collins Omondi for working around the clock to get this job done in haste.
AKCO wishes to recognise, appreciate and thank all those people and organisations who have continued to support AKCO in cash and kind. Many thanks to:
Debbie van Cuylenburg for donating six bags of clothes and a bag of shoes.
Julie Kerdel for donating assorted furniture.
Andrea Puddy for a car load of Baby and adult clothes, shoes, toys, jumpers, books and assorted goods donated by parents and staff of Hope Early Learning Centre, Frankston.
Tony Abela for a car load of clothes and other assorted stuff
Members of Deidre and Mark’s lesson class as well as members of the Frankston SDA church who support the UJI (Porridge) school feeding program, Peter and Jazzy Huggan, Merari Castillo, Marie Chris, Pastor Ian Rankin, Brian McFarlane, Judy Lyew, Trent Martin, Deidre and Geoffrey Bartlett, members of the Jubilee Christian Fellowship, Rotary Club of Croydon, The Captain’s Choice Private Jet Tours and Charlton Degg Land Development Consultants.
Massive thanks to Charlton Degg Land Development Consultants at Mt. Eliza, for doing the survey work at the “Home for AKCO” land/ site in Hastings. We especially thank Charlton Degg for offering their great services pro bono without any charge to AKCO. We had been advised by the Shire of Mornington Peninsula to get in a surveyor to do survey work before any plans for a permit to use the site could be submitted. Survey work can be quite expensive and as a struggling charity we sent out an appeal for any assistance or help we could find. Charlton Degg Land Development Consultants responded and completed the survey work swiftly. This is indeed a massive boost to AKCO as this will now enable AKCO submit an application to the Mornington Peninsula Shire for permits to develop the “Home for AKCO yard at the Hastings site.
We make special mention of the Charlton Degg Land Development Consultants and highly recommend them to anyone looking to do survey work on their property or land. Pls see more about Charlton Degg in a separate post on Facebook, this is exciting!
AKCO Stores. We are still appealing for donations. We request that all those who are planning to donate to AKCO keep holding the items in home storage as we sort out AKCO storage space at Carrum Downs and in Tootgarook which are all filled to capacity. Once ready we will give directions on how and where the donations could start getting channeled to. AKCO volunteers are currently sorting, rearranging and repackaging all donations for easier storage, shipping and handling. Big thanks to Geoff, Graham, and Mark for volunteering to do this awesome stores work. Loads of thanks to Peter, Jazzy, Leanne and Tony Abela for taking care of other AKCO stores. Thanks to Deidre and Sharron for always feeding the AKCO volunteers with mouth watering food!
We have received urgent appeal from Kenya for: Medical equipment of any kind including hospital beds, hospital linen, theater equipment and instruments, dental equipment and instruments and medical supplies of any kind.
We also keep appealing for:
Computers with flat screen monitors and especially laptops, flat screen TVs; tents of any kind, type, size or shape; mobile phones that you have upgraded from and no longer use (it would be appreciated if you could get them unblocked first). Clothes, school uniforms, sports wear, household bric a brac, tools, books, bed linen, towels, shoes, toys (only new) including any small useful items that you consider to be of reasonably good quality and will be useful.
We appeal to and encourage those who are thinking of sponsoring a child to please take the plunge and do so as many desperate children are still waiting to be linked with a kind sponsor such as you. If you would like to do participate in this program please visit the AKCO website and click on the link…. Sponsor a Child.
You may also choose to sponsor a teacher who will in turn teach a class with at least 30 children. Please get in touch with us directly or through the website to participate in this.
To those in Kenya who are inquiring about donations for various groups or organisations they represent, please go to the AKCO website and send the requests through the …Contact us Form…. available on the website. This way the request can be properly documented, prioritised and processed etc. Please note that this facility is only available to groups and organisations for the time being.
Tax receipts to be lodged with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for tax claims can be issued for any cash donations of $2 and above, please let us know if you would require a tax receipt for this purpose.
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