The students of the ABC school in Nairobi, Kenya take part in Kenya Music Festivals.

In the first prelimiray, which was held in the beginning of June, our students did extreemly well. The categories were:
1. Choir; 1. place
2. Poems in English; 1.place
3. Poems in native language; 1. place
4. Poems in Kiswahili; 3. og 4. place
5. Poems, primary students; 4. place
6. Folk songs; 5.place

With this examplary success, the students who took first place continued to the next round and last week to the regionals in Kajiado.

The students took again first place in 3 categories; Choir, poems in English and Poems in native language. We have to admit that we are very excited for the National level that will be held in beginning of August,

School work has commenced at a new location in Kenya. The Star of Hope school is located in Mathare, Nairobi. The new surroundings will be quite familiar to some of the children as it's the place where the school was located before the move to Kariobangi in 2012.

As has been reported the school ground in Kariobangi has been shut down due to health reasons by the NGO's co-ordination board.

According to Astridur Juliusdottir, an employee of ABC Iceland currently stationed in Nairobi, the children are very happy with the new place and liken it to a welcome homecoming.

A meeting for our sponsors took place on june 29th, at Grand Hotel in Reykjavik, where the situation regarding matters in Kenya was explained. Attendance was over 90 people.

ABC Iceland's general manager, Fridur Birna Stefansdottir, and Einar Gautur Steingrimsson, the organization's lawyer, explained why the general manager in ABC Kenya was relieved of her duties and addressed the chain of events that have followed since. Chairman of the meeting was Pall Elvar Palsson.

During the meeting a Skype connection was established with our leaders in Kenya along with staff and students of the school. Also present there was Melody Taylor, executive director of Go Near Ministry which is a charity based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Go Near has been working closely with ABC in Kenya.

The staff and students assured sponsors that all the monetary assistance had been received and that they were happy with the changes being made.

Einar Gautur explained that the general manager of ABC Kenya was relieved of duties due to a breach of trust. The general manager assembled a board meeting last spring but didn't inform three members. Those who attended dismissed from the board those who didn't and brought in three new members and agreed upon changes in the charter. With this action the general manager seized control over ABC Kenya. ABC Kenya answered to ABC Iceland according to the orginal charter dating back to 2006. Einar Gautur said this action was illegal but still these changes went through.

Because of the situation that had arisen ABC Iceland decided to have no further contact with ABC Kenya and handle directly all matters involving the work in Kenya.

The general manger of ABC Iceland addressed a question from an audience member when she stated that the former general manager of ABC Kenya had certainly performed her job well for a long period of time but "for the last 18 months to two years things over there just haven't been all right".

The bottom line is that the interests of the children come first. An objective examination of the situation is needed and that was addressed by a few audience members and the chairman fully agreed. The work that has been performed in Kenya is invaluable and must continue.

 

 

 

 

We would like to inform sponsors and other interested parties on the situation in the school run by ABC in Kariobangi in Nairobi. A formal examination has been instigated on financial matters in ABC Kenya. ABC Iceland will provide all neccessary assistance regarding the examination. Hopefully all school work will commence shortly in new quarters after the old school ground was shut down due to health reasons.

NGO's co-ordination board has begun examining financial matters and other aspects of the work that's being performed in ABC Kenya over recent years. This action was set in motion following the dismissal of ABC Kenya's general manager.

NGO-board's employees arrived yesterday in the school in Kariobangi to conduct formal discussions and gather information and files. ABC Iceland wil do everything in it's power to assist this examination.

The NGO-board representatives inspected the school building and nearby grounds and came to the conclusion that health issues were severly lacking. The NGO-board closed down the area and now ABC is looking into the matter of different housing so school work can begin again.

Students are currently on a week long vacation. Day schoolers are staying with parents but children who live in the dormatories are residing with relatives or friends. Hopefully a suitable new location will be found before the children's week vacation is over.

 

Pastor Samuel Ingimarsson, board member of ABC Children's Aid and his wife Asta Juliusdottir have from May 8th, 2015 taken over as leaders of ABC Kenya. They worked with ABC for a year in Nairobi, from 2012-2013 and know the operation very well.

The board decided to trust Pastor Samuel and Asta to lead the work in Kenya. Thorunn and her husband, Samuel Lusiru Gona, have worked for ABC in Kenya from 2006. The board thanks them for their work.

In 2015  a new floor will be built to the ABC school in Nairobi. The funding comes from the yearly fundraising Children-help-Children in Iceland.

 

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