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LSCK brings cheer to Wagocho’s, Sagana

1 Oct

Liverpool Supporters Club Kenya (LSCK) recently visited Sagana, a town situated some 100 kilometres from Kenya’s capital Nairobi, along the Nairobi-Nyeri Highway. The town’s name comes from Kenya’s longest river, the Tana, which is also called Thagana in the local dialect.

The group’s mission was to visit Mercy, a single mother struggling to bring up nine children on meagre resources. Despite four of her own, the energetic mother has embraced the challenge of single-handedly bringing up her late sister’s five children.

The group has for years now supported Mercy’s quest to educate her children by paying fees for two of them. The money so collected has ensured a relatively smooth transition from primary to secondary education.

WARM WELCOME: Guests are received in the time-honored African tradition.

WARM WELCOME: Guests are received in the time-honored African tradition.

MOTHER'S TOUCH: Our hostess ensures her guests are well fed.

MOTHER’S TOUCH: Our hostess ensures her guests are well fed.

Having arrived just after 3 p.m. to a warm reception, the group settled down to share a meal with the hosts. The event’s master of ceremony Josiah Karanja introduced his entourage and presented the group’s donation towards the homestead’s school fees kitty.

DONATION: Master of Ceremony Josiah Karanja presents our hostess Mercy with money towards her childrens school fees kitty.

DONATION: Master of Ceremony Josiah Karanja presents Mercy with money towards her children’s school fees kitty.

LSCK Treasurer Sophia Musembi gives a vote of thanks on behalf of the visiting entourage

LSCK Treasurer Sophia Musembi gives a vote of thanks on behalf of the visiting entourage

 

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FAMILY: It is not blood that links but oneness of mind and love.

The town of Sagana is part of Kirinyaga, fifth smallest of Kenya’s 47 counties. In terms of geographic size, Kirinyaga ranks ahead of Nyamira (912.5 km²), Nairobi (694.9 km²), Vihiga (531.3 km²) and Mombasa (212.5 km²) respectively. As of the 2009 national census, Kirinyaga County had a population of 528,054 and an area measuring 1,205.4 km².

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LSCK Joins Forces to Assist the Kenya Girl Child

9 Sep

KCB LEADERSHIP CENTRE

The scenic view of Ngong Hills provides a fantastic backdrop to Kenya Commercial Bank’s Leadership Centre, the perfect venue for a historic congregation of four major football fan bases in Nairobi.

Sunday, 08 September 2013 saw fans gather, drawn from Manchester United Kenya, Arsenal Kenya, Chelsea FC Kenya and Liverpool Supporters Club Kenya (LSCK), a first. The aim of this fun day was to raise funds to purchase sanitary pads for girls in Marigat, a settlement area in Kenya’s colonial Rift Valley Province.

In the games that followed, LSCK chalked up an impressive win the football category, seeing off Arsenal Kenya 2-0 before prevailing over a good Chelsea side on penalties, following a hard-fought 1-1 draw. The Red Belles also won the ladies tug of war competition.

RIVALRY: United in purpose.

RIVALRY: United in purpose

Buy a Pad, Save a Girl’s Future

The fan bases came together with an initiative titled ‘Buy a Pad, Save a Girl’s Future,’ organized in form of a lighthearted charity tournament, to both raise awareness and to collect donations towards this cause.

The Kenyan media house, Royal Media Ltd, first broke the sad news of how girls in Marigat lack access to this vital commodity, and resort to creative use of items such as chicken feathers and plant leaves in a bid to manage their menstruation cycles.

This particular period of a young woman’s life is in turn a form of embarrassment, brought about by misinformation, and often leads to interference in the girl child’s learning.

The basic rules were that each participating team (fan base) register with Kshs 1,000, the entire amount going towards purchase of the sanitary items. Each team was also asked to rally their fans to bring at least 50 packs minimum or two (2) packs per person.

In terms of activities, the day would include random but fun events like battle of wits, a penalty challenge, food eating competition, sack race, ball juggling, tug of war and a knockout football competition among others.

The page provided to highlight this initiative can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Buy-a-Pad-Save-a-Girls-future/219460001542493?fref=ts

KCB Leadership School

The theatre of action, KCB Leadership Centre, as measured from Nairobi City Centre, is 18 km using Ngong Road (≃ 28 minutes drive), 21.6 km using Lang’ata Road (≃ 30 minutes drive) and 23.6 km using a combination of James Gichuru and Ngong roads (≃ 34 minutes drive). Figures provided by Google Maps.

Ngong Hills

The Ngong Hills are peaks in a ridge along the Great Rift Valley, located southwest near Nairobi, in southern Kenya.

The Hills’ eastern slopes overlook the Nairobi National Park Game Reserve; to the North, the city of Nairobi. The western slopes open out over the Great Rift Valley dropping over 1,000 meters (4,000 feet) below. The peak of the Ngong Hills is measured at 2,460 meters (8,070 feet) above sea level.

The word “Ngong” is an Anglicization of a Maasai phrase “enkong’u emuny” meaning rhinoceros spring, and this name derives from a spring located near Ngong Town.

During the years of British colonial rule, the area around the Ngong Hills was a major settler farming region, and many traditional colonial houses are still seen in the area.

In the 1985 Meryl Streep film Out of Africa, the four peaks of the Ngong Hills appear in the background of several scenes near [her character] Karen Blixen’s house.

Conclusion

It was a day to remember, all the more memorable seeing rival fans set aside their differences and donate their time to tackling a national challenge.

It was even more gratifying to see young people touched by the plight of fellow Kenyans far removed from their everyday existence. This is the desired future for a nascent nation and long may it continue.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.

VICTORS: Jubilation for the victorious LSCK Football team

VICTORS: Jubilation for the all-conquering LSCK Football team

Additional Readings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngong_Hills | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marigat | Photos used with gratitude

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Visit to Good Samaritan Childrens Home

30 Jul

Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Center is located in the Mathare slums, one of the biggest human dwellings within Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

The home was founded in 1991 and provides housing, food and some basic education to over 220 children, that have been orphaned by the loss of their parents to AIDS or else abandoned because of the overwhelming poverty in the slums and families that could no longer feed and support them.

A number of these children also have health problems including AIDS and TB for which most are receiving medications. It is especially difficult to care for those few children who have physical disabilities.

The home operates a Facebook page located here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Samaritan-Childrens-home-Mathare/472455692806955

Mathare is a collection of slums in Nairobi, Kenya with a population of approximately 500,000 people. The population of Mathare Valley alone, the oldest of the slums that make up Mathare, is 180,000 people. Like any deprived area, Mathare has no sanitation facilities or electricity, with one main water pipe serving the entire population, and the women and children have to carry water in worn plastic jugs for drinking and washing. The area is plagued by disease, crime and gangs.

Visit by LSCK

The group first visited the home on 14 October 2012, followed by another on 13 July 2013. Members got a firsthand look at the depravity therein and gained a new appreciation of the gift of life.

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It was a timely and sobering reminder that we are always better off than someone else. A bit of cheer was also provided through playing games with the home’s children and gifts that included foodstuffs and items of clothing.

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The activity is just one of many with LSCK also sponsoring orphans in the rural town of Sagana in Central Kenya.

13 JULY 2013

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