Money £ Matters
This is where we seek to keep you informed about the financial affairs of the Emmanuel Home.
The main challenge facing the Kenya Board & the Kanyawegi UK charity is the raising of sufficient funds to support the young people when they leave school and go on to undertake practical training courses, or attend college or university.
Year to 31.5.2007 £31,284 - copy
Year to 31.5.2008 £34,340 - copy
Year to 31.5.2009 £33,888 - copy
Year to 31.5.2010 £33,037 - copy
Year to 31.5.2011 £33,079 - copy
Year to 31.5.2012 £39,138 - copy
Year to 31.5.2013 £41,049 - copy
Year to 31.5.2014 £39,972 - copy
Year to 31.5.2015 £44,702 - copy
Year to 31.5.2016 £31,499 - copy
Kanyawegi UK’s accounts can also be inspected on the Charity Commission website.
Exchange Rate - Currency fluctuation 2016
Another problem has been the fall in the amount of Kenyan Shillings one can obtain for every £1 following the Brexit EU Referendum result in June 2016. There has been up to an 18% fall in value, as illustrated in the graph below.
The exchange rate has started to settle at a more favourable level, but is still around 10% below what it was a year ago. This has left Kanyawegi UK with a dramatic shortfall of funds to be able to send over to Kenya to support the Emmanuel Home. Extra funds are urgently needed.
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the Kenyan Consumer Price Inflation rate for the 12 months period to April 2017 was 11.48%. A substantial part of this inflation is the increase in the cost of basic food and drink prices, as a result of failure of crops because of the lack of rain / draught conditions.
We pray and appeal for cash donations to get us through this especially difficult period and for more regular sponsors.
The current position on staffing is as follows -
Of these, just Linnet is part-time, coming from the Rehema Mission School, in Kisumu, that Roy Samo’s father, Pastor Ambros Samo, is involved with.
Unfortunately, we had to say farewell to Pamela (house parent), Christine (cook) and Peter (one of the security guards at the Otonglo site). We are grateful for the positive contribution they made while they worked for us. We are pleased to learn that Pamela has since gone on to secure a similar position at another children’s home / orphanage in the area, where we are sure that she will again be a great asset.
It was with great sadness that we heard of the unexpected death of James Ayoki (James 2), our long-standing Deputy Manager / House Parent, on Tuesday 27 October 2015. It is obvious from his well attended funeral that he will be missed by many - an illustrated report on his burial on the 14 November 2015 can be found by clicking on this link.
Numbers of Children / Young People
There are currently around 31 children & young people under the care of the Emmanuel Home with financial support and advice being provided through the Kanyawegi UK charity.
In a past newsletter we mentioned the move from the original site to a new site. The sale of the former site at Otonglo went ahead, but unfortunately none of the proceeds were directed towards the new Emmanuel Home; this was a huge disappointment to us.
However, Pastor Luke (the previous chairman of the Kenyan Board and owner of the land) offered to support some of the older boys directly, and a few of the boys chose this option and left the care of Kanyawegi / Emmanuel Home. This means their course fees do not need to be paid by us any longer, but it doesn't change the ongoing costs of running the home for the others.
There are currently around 31 Emmanuel Home children and young people being supported at school / college / university / with relatives / in practical training.
All the children and young people connected to the Home are orphans. They are totally reliant upon the money sent over by Kanyawegi UK each month - which comes in from regular and one-off giving from individuals, churches and other organisations. The UK Committee are carefully considering options for the future and would love to see new sponsors coming forward to support the Home regularly.
We thought it might be helpful to indicate the total costs per individual for those who wish to make a one-off donation, or plan their giving in a different way:
As a charity we have stated that we want to support all these individuals through their education. Unfortunately this is not achievable on the current regular income, much less taking in more children in need.
Please do what you can to help, including recommending the charity to friends and neighbours and giving them information if interested.
Part sponsorship / shared sponsorship is also most welcome.
Some past initiatives have brought in some additional funds:
A New Testament 'Read-a-thon' led by the Moxham family started at 7 am on 30 December 2014 and involved the reading of the whole New Testament in one session, ending in the early hours of the following day! A number of people participated and even more sponsored the activity; over £800 was raised if one includes the reclaimed tax via Gift Aid. A great achievement - many thanks to all those that were involved!
A Christmas gift scheme in one church meant folk could buy vouchers for friends (instead of traditional gifts) and let them know what the money would be used for in Kenya. The scheme raised much needed funds. We intend to continue this through the year for birthdays etc. and enable more people to use it. See below for details.
If you have problems thinking of birthday / anniversary presents and would like to give or receive something that is unusual, useful and appreciated - then look no further! How about our gift voucher scheme?
It works like this: a donation of any amount from £5 to... £? (the sky's the limit!) can be made to Kanyawegi UK, in support of the work of the Emmanuel Home, and a voucher printed out with your preferred wording.
It could say that a donation has been made to the general funds of Kanyawegi UK (with or without specifying the amount) - or you may like to suggest a particular way in which the donation could be spent (eg: £5 for a mosquito net; £7.50 for a course of malaria treatment; £11 for a pair of shoes; £25 for a special activity / treat such as a swimming trip for the children / young people; £125 for a year of primary education - and so on).
The voucher would be set in a card with a photograph of some of the children / young people on the front so that you could give it as a gift card to your friend / family member (see example pictured below). For further information, or if you would like to do this, please contact:
Mrs Gill Skinner
35 Spring Ground Road
Tel: 01761 75 3651
Head of Girls Affairs
House Parent (part time)
Security & Maintenance
Total cost per child / young person per annum
£1,700 - £1,800 each
£1,600 - £1,700 each
£1,500 - £1,600 each
£1,400 - £1,500 each
£1,100 - £1,200 each
If donor is not a UK tax payer, or does not Gift Aid their donations, per month
£150 p/m +
£142 - £150 p/m each
£133 - £142 p/m each
£125 - £133 p/m each
£117 - £125 p/m each
£ 92 - £100 p/m each
If donor is a UK tax payer and their donations are Gift Aided, per month
£120 p/m + + 25% Gift Aid
£113 - £120 p/m + 25% Gift Aid
£107 - £113 p/m + 25% Gift Aid
£100 - £107 p/m + 25% Gift Aid
£ 93 - £100 p/m + 25% Gift Aid
£ 73 - £ 80 p/m + 25% Gift Aid
College / university
The normal annual cost varies with age, stage and institution but is between £100 pa and £800+ pa for each child / young person.
In addition to the above, there are all the costs of living and running the home, including rent, fuels, staffing, food, bedding, medicines, clothing, transport, etc and this works out at about £1,000 each per annum, averaged over the entire age range.
Living & Running Costs: