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Childrens’ Holiday Care Arrangements

African LEAF works continually to find suitable holiday care for every sponsored child. Most are now able to stay with and be cared for by their extended families or family friends.

In previous years, some of the children’s extended families were able to take care of them over the holidays but many were not – particularly where the cost of travel from Nairobi or relatives general living conditions such as lack of sleeping space and extreme poverty prevented it. This meant that LEAF had to make special arrangements for those children every term holidays, including sometimes paying additional staff to remain at the Farm School to care for the children and at other times having them ‘boarded-out’ with qualified child carers or families of their friends at school who were willing and able to accommodate them.

Each of these obstacles has now been gradually overcome after taking into account numerous recommendations made by a social worker who was engaged by LEAF to investigate and report on the circumstances of each child and their extended families. In some cases the children are now being happily cared for by the families of one of their friends at the Farm School. In most instances relatives and friends are paid a weekly contribution by African LEAF to help cover costs of return travel from the school as well as food and general living costs during their stay.

High School children who either don’t have parents, or only have one parent that is not in a position to care for them (Sheila and Brian, and Purity and Ketty) are currently staying on Alice Wekesa’s farm at Ngong, with all their needs paid for by African LEAF.