The “12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide” for 2020

For 12 Days on our Ngorika Children’s Home Facebook page, we featured one item each day that was needed by the Home or the young people. We hope that it will inspire those who see it to provide the funds for the Home to be able to pay for one of the items. Here’s a snapshot of what we need at this time:

DAY 1: A GOAT – $75

A goat supplies the Home with milk as well as meat for their Christmas meal.

DAY 2: GARDEN TOOLS -$45

The young people help to plant, tend, harvest, and cook some of the food that the Home eats. There is always a need for new tools to help keep the Home fed!

DAY 3: A BACKPACK – $40

We now have eight young people in post-secondary education courses and one in his final year of high school. There’s a lot of need for good backpacks!

DAY 4: A CELLPHONE – $100

Each young person who goes away to post secondary school must have a cell phone. It’s the way in which David and Peninah are able to stay in touch with them. In Africa, a cell phone is like a lifeline and they cost much less than in North America. If this is something that speaks to your heart, would you consider donating the cost of one cellphone?

DAY 5: A PAIR Of CHICKENS – $25

Ngorika Children’s Home has always raised chickens for both eggs and meat. At every visit to the home visitors inevitably are awakened VERY early by the crowing of roosters. Take your earplugs if you plan to go there for a visit!

DAY 6: A LAPTOP – $250

Every post-secondary student in Kenya is expected to have a laptop with which to do assignments and to communicate with teachers. We now have eight of our young people pursuing post-secondary education. We are thrilled to be at this place! However, it means our costs go up as their situations change. If this is something that you would like to help out with, just hit the donate button at the top of the screen.

DAY 7: BUS FARE FOR ONE SEMESTER – $40

Those of our students in university usually live off campus. The cost of matatu (bus) fare for one college student to campus and home again each day for one semester is shown above. It eases their stress when a student doesn’t have to worry about having the fare to get to and from school each day

DAY 8: A BAG OF MAIZE – $35

Maize is a staple food in Kenya. The grains are ground to produce maize flour and it is also consumed as a food grain. The stocks and leaves are used to feed their livestock. Nothing is wasted. The home does raise some of their own maize, but not enough can be produced to meet all their needs.

DAY 9: A DONATION TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND – $100

This fund provides the tuition and costs to send our young people to their post-secondary courses. We have eight in college or university now. We are delighted with their progress and it’s a life changer for each of them!

DAY 10: A LADDER – $50

Many repairs and much maintenance must be done around the Home all the time. Note from the photo that no money has been spent on some of the necessary equipment needed. Today we feature their need for a good sturdy ladder to safely do maintenance at NCH…

DAY 10: SCHOOL TEXT BOOKS – $100

As we all know, school books can be expensive. Even in primary school, books often have to be provided by the family. The government does not look after this cost. The cost of books increases as our students reach post-secondary education as well. If you would like to give a gift towards this cost, just hit the donate button above.

DAY 12 : BED LINENS & MOSQUITO BED NETS – $100

On this final day of our 12 days of Christmas Gift Guide, we alert you to two needs of the home: bed linens and mosquito nets for many of the kids’ beds. The quality of linens that the home can afford means that the linens don’t last very long. Having mosquito nets around the beds at night reduces malaria infections, which tend to happen regularly in this part of the world and cause many deaths. Would you consider helping out with this need? If this is something that speaks to your heart, just go to the donate button above.

On this final day of our 12 days of giving to a NCH will alert you to two needs of the home. They are for bed linens and mosquito nets from any of the kids beds. The quality of linens that the home can afford don’t last very long and mosquito nets reduce malaria infections, which tend to happen regularly in this part of the world. Would you consider helping out with this need? If this is something that speaks to your heart, just go to the donate button above.

Bed nets provide protection from mosquitoes carrying malaria.