Abigail Ministries and Rev Daniel Rugut

Daniel Rugut was a regular attender at Queen Street Church when he was a student at Aberdeen University.  Now he is back home in Kenya and supported by Abigail Ministries.  Kathleen Innes has been a tireless fundraiser for Abigail and Daniel and her enthusiasm has rubbed off.  You can read here the latest copy of Abigail News , the charity’s newsletter.

Donna and Ian McIver (our former Grouping Outreach Worker) joined Kathleen in Kenya in February 2011 to help build a new Seed School. The present school uses a leased building which has proved costly and the lease can be terminated at any time.  Land has been secured nearby to build a new school which will give the children more security and will be less costly to run.  Donna will also be spending time helping at the local hospital.

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Thank you and God Bless from Ian.

Jambo! to everyone from Daniel, Grace and the children.

It was good to see them all again and they are all doing very well. Grace and her friends from the crocheting group made dinner for us every day while we were in Eldoret. We were very well fed.

At SEED School, the workmen had dug out and laid the foundations for phase one of the school and we helped them to mix the cement, sand, hard core etc (all by hand) in order to lay the floor for the building.  This was very hard work and took us all day on the Saturday.  We left it to dry over Sunday and were ready to start on the brick laying on Monday morning.  I had the honour of laying the first corner brick.  Ian McIver and I, along with some others then spent a couple of days moving all the earth that had been dug out of the foundations and carried it to various dips in the field in order to level them out.
So if anyone needs any manual help with gardening or extensions………Please do not call us!!

We took with us loads of stationery items for the school as requested by Daniel and visited all the classrooms to find out from the teachers what other resources they required.  The list was endless but we did manage to get some copies of everything they needed and handed them out on the Friday before we left.  The children and teachers were delighted with the books and send their thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Abigail – Rugut Projects fund in order to make it possible for us to buy these books. A special thank you to OAK for their very kind donation which was used for this purpose. There is still so much more to do but it was good to see that they, with your help, have been able to make a start on the new school.

Here are the children of Daniel and Grace, Kinyor, Chepchumba and Kathleen presenting a beautiful cloth hanging to Kathleen Innes for the Sunday Club. They also replied to the letters that the Queen Street Sunday Club children had written.  If you can help in any way or have any fund raising suggestions or ideas, please let me know.

Once again, thank you very much to all our faithful and regular givers.

The Christmas 2011 update

After years of planning and fund raising, the new SEED School is now a reality. We started work on the first block when we visited Daniel and his family in Eldoret, Kenya in February.
We spent a week working on the school, ably assisted by some local workers and were very pleased with what we were able to achieve. I was so proud to lay the corner brick.

This was how we left it – up to window height with the site cleared of earth and rubble.

This is the picture of the first block which was completed in September.

I was asked to suggest names for the first block and this was not one of them but what an honour

A group of children from SEED School wearing the football kits that I sent over.  They were delivered on 3 February 2020 – 67 days after I posted them on 28 November 2019.  It was a marathon task where I was chasing from my end and Grace was chasing from Eldoret.  We were in almost daily contact with the courier, Fedex UK and Fedex Kenya. There were over 100 emails, texts, letters and phone calls during this time and we still could not get the parcel past Customs .  Every day there was another request for information. They requested letters detailing the contents, then a commercial invoice, phone numbers of sender and recipients etc – the list seemed endless. And, of course there were requests for further payments to cover custom charges.  It was a very frustrating  (and expensive) time.  But they were finally delivered and the children are delighted with their new kits.

Sadly we have lost a number of sponsors recently so if you would like more information about Rugut Projects monthly sponsorship scheme, please let me know.  No amount is too small as so much can be done with even a small donation.

Kathleen Innes