Nov
19

Website training at for the Footprints Family Youth Programme

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Having website training with WA Designs & Auntie Jo today, as part of the COVID Lockdown Youth Programme in conjunction with the new Footprints Family objective for supporting our over 18 year old children. Even Mama Kerry enjoyed learning today too. This is a huge milestone for the Footprints Family introducing technology into the lives of the...
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Nov
09

Another new addition to the Footprints Family

Tonight we have some lovely news. Please welcome our new baby calf, Polly, our newest addition to the Footprints Family. She was born a couple of weeks early so a surprise for everyone at Footprints Mother and calf are doing well. We now have four cows at Footprints. This will add to the sustainability at Footprints as we can now produce more milk ...
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Oct
01

Flushing out the borehole

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Flushing out the borehole yesterday we can't always guarantee water unless we keep up this vital maintenance 
Nov
30

Conversion of Classrooms to the Holly Brown "Learning For Life Zone"

Out of tragedy brings opportunity for our children at Footprints. Sadly Holly Brown, from Burton on Trent, tragically lost her life in July 2017. Her parents and twin sister made the decision to ask for donations to help Footprints to continue its work out in Kenya by enriching our children's lives. In excess of £5000 has been donated in memory of ...
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Jun
30

Community Outreach Work

Footprints truely is a special place.  Teaching hygiene and water safety. As part of Footprint's community involvement - they hosted a training programme for 150 children in the local community to teach them the importance of safe, clean water and good hygiene. Best hand washing practices were taught in a fun and engaging manner which the chil...
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Nov
30

The School bus becomes the Home bus.

Through the generous support of many of you we were able to purchase a school bus in late 2015. At weekends it was also used to enable the family to get out and about.  Now the decision has been made to close the school, the bus is still an essential in the life of all of the children. It is the way they will get to and from their new schools ...
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Aug
01

The First Chickens Arrive

Our self sustainability programme is on its way !!! We welcome our chickens all 68 of them, the children are excited but going to be very busy looking after them - a wonderful project to have at Footprints 👣 thank you to everyone who contributed to make this happen.
Feb
18

Our Chicken Project

Our self sustainability programme is on its way !!! The chicks are put out in to the chicken house. On Sunday 18th February 2018 52 chicks went out in to the chicken house - a real success.  We have another 40 fertilized eggs from our laying hens ready to go in the incubator for round 2. We are thrilled with how successful this project has bec...
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Apr
01

A different way of growing vegetables

We were given some huge sacks to try a different way of growiing vegetables - it will be interesting to see what productivity is like! Uncle Patrick and the other got stuck in to start the project off. As you know we are trying to become as self-sufficient as possible. Food is a huge expense for so many people each month - so the more we grow ...
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Mar
11

Precious our non-grazing cow

Our new non-grazing cow arrived on 11th March 2018. We have named her Precious. We are looking forward to being able to milk her when she has her calf. Soon we will have our own supply of fresh milk - moving us ever further towards our aim of being self sufficient.
Mar
31

Dolly the Cow

Dolly the Cow, is our none grazer. Dolly had a rough start to life, as her owners were really struggling to feed her because of the droughts. She looked frail when she arrived. Uncle Patrick, with some of the children walked her the 4 km to bring her home to Footprints. It took them 3 hours! Dolly is settled in and feeding on our very own napier gr...
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Jun
30

Betty The Cow

Uncle Patrick has just bought a new cow, which is called Betty. She is in calf, so once it is born there will be fresh milk at Footprints. She has settled in well and looks much healthier than Dolly, who sadly died in March. The children were very excited when she arrived. Watch this space for the new arrival in a few weeks time.
Jan
31

Daisy the cow in calf!

Daisy is taken out every day in the morning to graze in the local area and returns at night. As she is due to give birth to her calf any day, she is now grazing on the fields at Footprints. A new calf for the new year. Fresh milk for the children very soon, excellent news. Sadly Daisy lost her calf just after it was born, so we will have to wait un...
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Feb
28

Installation of an irrigation system on the shamba

Uncle Patrick and his team have been installing an irrigation system and water tower to enable them to water all of the produce in the shamba. With this new system it will be easier to make the shamba more productive. As you can see it was tremendously hard work in temperatures up to 40 degrees. All of this hard work will certainly be worth it. In ...
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Dec
31

Farming Projects

As the shamba (allotment) develops more information will be added. The first harvest of sukuma wiki from the Footprints shamba - a real achievement. Uncle Stephen and Dixon were thrilled! younger children visit the shamba, with Uncle Dixon, to pick the ripe tomatoes ready to eat. They taste delicious in a salad.
Nov
30

New Buildings at Footprints

(Image) Our latest group volunteer house is up and running - come and try it. Our 4 bedroomed volunteers house is now complete and has been used several times by visiting groups and other volunteers in the later part of 2018. It is most comfortable with good sized rooms, showers and toilets. There are tea and coffee making facilities and a lov...
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Jan
31

Homework being completed in the smaller study areas in the new living spaces

It looks productive! Each of the new accommodation blocks has two dormitories, toilets and showers and a study area. It means completing homework is much easier in a designated space. The children work so hard to do well at school. At the end of last term several of them won awards from their new schools. We are all very proud of them. Have a look ...
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Dec
31

Borehole Project- Freshwater to Footprints

Clean water at home! Our images shows the magical moment we hit water.Relying on the rain water alone was a constant struggle throughout the summer months, when rain was a rare occurence, so our own borehole is a dream come true.Treating stored water to keep bugs and parasites such as Typhoid at bay was a constant added expense.I am delighted to co...
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Aug
31

Refurbishment by re-using older buildings

The refurbishment of the old store room in the original boys dormitory is proving to be a good development. With the new fridge it is making life so much more organised for the staff to manage. The original boy's dormitory has now been refurbished with a new roof to ensure that it is water tight. It has been converted in to a staff room, store and ...
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Feb
28

Bringing electrical power to footprints

Bringing power to Footprints began in February 2013.