Slum Doctor Programme


the latest
April 1, 2008, 4:12 pm
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Landlines, peace in Kenya, a new tape dispenser, old friends, high school students, and a whole lotta love; this about sums up the latest at SDP.

landlines:

If you have tried to call as in the last couple of weeks there is about a 50% chance you didn’t get through. In our never ending efforts to maintain the utmost frugality and keep spending all our funding on programs we tried VOIP or voice over internet protocol (i think). It didn’t work so well. Now we are pushing and pulling other various phone companies to get the service we want. We finally have that nailed down so all is back to normal. Don’t worry our phone number is still 360-224-1644.

peace in Kenya:

We have been so relieved to finally have Kenya back. I am now able to communicate weekly with Carol our Ombogo program coordinator in Kenya via Skype. She was forced to move from her home on the edge of Kibera, Africa’s largest slum, where much of the worst violence was taking place. Now we are waiting hoping and praying that the new government will continue to make progress towards peace and true development.

All the Ombogo students made it back safely, though many of them had to travel through dangerous territory to get to the school. Many of the new sponsors have already started corresponding with their students. We look forward to seeing those relationships develop over the next 4 years throughout secondary school.

a new tape dispenser:

Tim likes even the most trivial things to look nice.

old friends:

SDP recently hired our old friend and former board member Wanambisi Wesakania as a program consultant on the ground in Kenya and Uganda. We are so excited to have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Wanambisi supporting our partners with his skills. The plan is for him to help provide basic accounting and reporting services and training so we can continue to empower our partners to advocate for themselves.

high school students:

Last week Paige (AmeriCorps Volunteer) and I (program assistant) got to teach several high school classes in Issaquah, WA about poverty, gender inequality, and orphans in the context of HIV/AIDS. All I have to say is that teachers are amazing people! After spending all day in wonderful world issues and social studies classes we realized even further how important it is for young people to know what is going on in the world and what they can do to change it. (note: These students asked great questions — you can see many of them posted on the HIV/AIDS Q&A page).

whole lotta love:

Well, what can I say? We are continually blown away by our supporters. Thank you!!!

peace,

Jesse

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Hi, I am a friend of Wanambisi Wesakania from Bellingham. I was hoping you could tell me how I can get ahold of him? I haven’t seen him in two years and he hasn’t returned my emails… I can be reached at seedy11(AT)yahoo.com.

Thank you!

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