Where is Libby off to?
Walking across Kenya ...(well, sort of!)
I am raising money for abandoned & orphaned Kenyan babies, to give them a New Life.
The furthest distance across Kenya is from the north east to the south west - 703 miles. I plan to walk this distance this year ....... across Aberdeenshire !
For the last 7 years friends of ours, Guy & Susanna Bastable, have being living and working at a home for abandoned & orphaned babies in Nairobi. They used to live in Aberdeenshire and Iona went to school with their two youngest sons (who were both originally rescued by New Life Home).
From just one child back in 1994 the New Life Home Trust now operates 4 homes across Kenya, for babies & toddlers and also family homes for older or disabled children.
The organisation also does outreach work and has feeding programmes for hundreds of other children from poor or struggling families.
The amazing thing about the work of New Life Home is that the majority of the babies who are rescued are adopted into 'forever' families, and most are adopted by local Kenyan families.
Right now New Life are fundraising to secure their water supplies. Each home has its own borehole but with much construction happening round and about the water tables are affected & disturbed and the supply is diminished. They need to deepen their bore holes to reach beneath these levels of disruption. This is an extremely expensive operation.
With many ill-health issues arising from unclean water you can imagine the necessity for a pure and constant supply for homes that look after children, and especially for the sick babies. A clean, pure, safe & reliable water supply is everything here... for drinking, for cooking, for warming the bottles of milk, or washing the babies, washing nappies, washing clothes, keeping the homes clean and the floors mopped that the babies crawl on, keeping the rescue vehicles clean and hygienic for the vulnerable babies they bring home to New Life, as well as water for playing and for keeping cool in their location on the equator ... the list of how clean water is used in daily life is long ...
I am hoping you would like to sponsor me to walk the distance of 703 miles ....... I plan to walk this distance this year across Aberdeenshire to raise money for this inspiring cause.
Your donation will help keep the water supply clean and long lasting, and so ensure a new, good & healthy life for these beautiful babies, these little bundles of sunshine!
If you would like to sponsor me to walk for the good of the babies, then both they and I would be delighted to have your support.
You can give at this link:
An update from Libby! (24 April)
Hello again everyone,
Just to let you know that a couple of days ago I clocked up 400 km / 250 miles - so that's well over 1/3 of my walking journey complete :0)
I am still on target for 'reaching my destination' in the summer.
The onset of Spring, with many more hours of daylight, flowers bursting from bud to bloom, and bright blue skies, have made my walking really uplifting, plus I've only needed waterproofs once!
I have discovered some very interesting and remote places on foot, places I would never have found in a car or on a bicycle.
Fitting in the miles around working is a balancing act but it has been eye-opening how I can grab time here and there - I must have been wasting it until now!!!
Many thanks go to those kind people who have offered to accompany me and thanks to them for sharing their time and for introducing me to new places to explore
I must say a very enormous thank you to everyone who has donated so far. I'm astonished how much has been raised by just a handful of people. I still have a good way to go in terms of target miles & target money but I do feel very well supported so far. Thank you very much indeed for your kind generosity and your lovely messages
For those who would still like to support the New Life homes in Kenya, there is plenty of time to donate if you would like to.....
Here is the link to my giving page where you can read about the cause and donate on line:
Thanks again, from the babies and me.