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November 2022 Newsletter

by | Nov 23, 2022

Kate is back in the US!

Kate's Here

Kate has landed…. in Pittsburgh and she has wonderful news to share with you! We have a wonderful schedule of engagements lined up with even more opportunities for us to connect with you over lunch or coffee. We hope you can join us throughout this month and be sure to check our websites for more chances to meet with Kate!

  • Bower Hill Community Church – 70 Moffett St, Pittsburgh, PA 15243
    Sunday, November 13th at 9:30am
  • Resurrection Parish (St. John Capistran) – 1610 McMillan Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
    Saturday, December 3rd at 5:00pm and Sunday, December 4th at 9:00am and 11:00am
  • St. Michael the Archangel Parish (Our Lady of Grace) – 310 Kane Blvd Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15243
    Saturday, December 10th at 4:00pm and Sunday, December 4th at 9:30am and 11:00am
  • St. Michael the Archangel Parish (St. Bernard) – 311 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
    Sunday, December 11th at 7:30pm

Interested in meeting with Kate for coffee, lunch, or over Zoom? Kate will be in the US until Monday, December 12th and we would love to connect with you! Email Laura Bright at LBright@hekimaplace.org to schedule today! We can’t wait to see you!

Our Home

Left to Right: Abigael, Esther, Jane, Alice, Sesita

The month of September has been full of blessings. We welcomed 6 new additions to the Hekima Place family who are now safe, supported, and thriving as settle in with their new sisters!

  • Abigael loves going to school and has joined Hekima Hills Learning Centre’s 2nd grade class! We are happy to provide the opportunity for her to learn and grow into a wonderful young woman!
  • Sisters Alice, Esther, and Sesita joined the Hekima Place family and have loved playing with their new sisters! They love to smile and laugh as they settle in to their new home. Alice joined Abigael in 2nd grade, Esther joined PP2 and Sesita started school for the first time. They are loving going to school and learning new things!
  • Jane also joined Abigael and Alice in 2nd grade where she gets to speak her tribal language, Maa, with her teacher! She has loved getting to know her classmates and can’t wait for the chance to continue learning.
  • Angel joined the Hekima family at just 4 days old! She was so tiny but has grown into a bubbly, cuddly baby in such a short time! Her older sisters love helping their mums by holding her and helping at dinner time!

In other exciting news, the girls received visitors from a local neighboring church who delivered incredible goodies for everyone! The generous parishioners brought food, new bedding for each girl, and new shoes! We are so thankful to all of our partners in Kenya and across the world!

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Our School

All of the students at Hekima Hills Learning Centre have been very busy as they finished their second term of the school year on September 15! Their final term of the 2022 school year began on Monday, September 26th and all 238 students are close to finishing out a wonderful year of education.

Throughout the month of September, there were many exciting events including the Parents’ Awareness day where everyone had a chance to get even more involved at the school by becoming a class representative. This is a wonderful step in having each child’s parent offer feedback to the school and connect them to the education process.

During the school break, 12 scouts went for a 3-day scouts camping trip where some of the scouts camped for the first time ever! New scouts were sworn in officially to the club and each participant experienced a wonderful training at the Don Bosco Boys Center in Karen. The scouts enjoyed the event and will received an award for the occasion!

With the guidance of a member of the Board of Management of the school, HHLC received a generous donation from the local Rotary Club of brand-new books for our library. The students were so excited to dive into the adventures each book holds! We are so thankful for all who contributed to our school!

Volunteer Spotlight!

Hekima Place and all the girls and mums I met there still hold such a special place in my heart to this day.  The joy you can hear in the laughter of the girls outside playing is something I won’t forget.  From the moment I arrived, the girls were so curious and inquisitive about who I was and instantly welcoming, holding my hands and pulling me to dinner.  Being able to connect with them and learn about their lives and their day-to-day life at school and with their sisters, made a huge impact on me.  I loved spending mornings with the preschooler’s, singing and practicing numbers and letters, and drinking tea with the mum’s in the afternoon, and then helping the school aged kids with homework when they got home.  Then we always ate dinner all together each evening.  I yearn for the day I can get back to visit and see everyone again.

-Lucy Frank