Xmas from African Latitude

africanlatitude wrote this at 14:42 :

It was the 24th Dec and the Xmas bonus’s for African Latitude staff were piling up on my desk. I realised that signing the cheque for Siloam’s food this month was not enough. We needed to do more. Everyone in the office brought some clothes, books and other goodies to give to the children. On our side we gave them supermarket vouchers worth 150$ so that Esther and Steven could buy the kid’s some special meals for Christmas.

Evans did the delivery, but regretted that we didn’t get the gift vouchers blown up like on TV

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American Xmas for the Kids

africanlatitude wrote this at 13:35 :

Christmas came early indeed for the Siloam’s kids. On the 20th of December, Suzan Tusson and Jim Mc Neil visited Siloam while on safari with African Latitude . They brought a lot of goodies for everyone: balloons, footballs, stationary, books. It included a digital camera for Steven so that he can now record the daily life of the Orphanage.

Oh and most important there was also a digital photo frame.

Thank you very much Suzan and Jim, you have put big smiles on these children’s faces.

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Talisman restaurant owners sends food supplies

africanlatitude wrote this at 09:08 :

African Latitude throughout the year with the assistance of Vincent G has been supplying several hundred kilos of maize and beans to the Orphanage.
This month, as well as in July, Ian and Sharly Cameron owners of the Talisman have provided the cereals.
Thank you Sharly and Ian for your help, on behalf of the Orphans.

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Taking the pressure off

Michel wrote this at 16:30 :

Thanks to a generous donor, I have been able to set up a small fund for Siloam’s food supply. Through a monthly donation from Mr VG, together with our company’s contribution, we will be able to purchase and deliver every month about 540 kg of maize, 90 kg of beans + 20 kg of sugar. This will certainly take the pressure off their meager finance. Many thanks to VG for his very kind generosity.

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Food supply always a problem

Michel wrote this at 16:26 :


Life is not easy at Siloam Orphanage. The orphanage ‘father’ Stephen has set up a day school for outside fee paying pupils participation, but collecting fees from these children’s parents is also a problem. This is one of the major problems in the orphanage, Stephen is just not able to send a child home when the parents don’t pay their bills. Then as a result cash is short for food and teachers salaries, this is the case for October just like many other months. So we have bought today 90kg of beans and maize. I will try to set up some kind of fund to overcome this eternal struggle to feed the children. Let us hope that someone else will be generous enough to assist them. But all this is short term. The main issue is to create some sustainable finance for the Orphanage.