Over the last few years, we have all seen around the world the type of gruesome and horrific mayhem that acts of terror can cause to cities and communities. In the east of Africa, where Child of Hope works, communities have suffered at the hands of al Shabaab. Just last year 147 young people were killed at Garissa University in Kenya (our neighbouring country).
And now it’s getting closer to home. We received a message from the District Police Commissioner that threats had been received against educational institutions in our area and that all schools should take extra precautions to keep children and staff safe.
With this in mind, we have erected a chain link fence with barbed wire on top around the whole of the school compound. We have also erected two gates… one for deliveries of firewood, etc and one being the main entrance for children, staff and visitors. Our two security guards – on duty 24/7 – have been trained to politely but carefully check every visitor before they enter the premises.
It is sad that we have had to do this, but unfortunately it is a sign of the times and we must do our very best to keep our children alive and well.
But on the plus side, it does mean that we have a smart new gate which includes a small room from which we can sell snacks, etc to the children and local community… all proceeds going towards furthering our programmes.