Vanessa and Natasha undertook the gruelling 10 day climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in June and have raised just over £1000 in sponsorship for LivLife. They were warmly welcomed by Nai, Shadrack and the team at KCEM and got to visit the children at the pre-school (taking a giant parachute with them!), computing class and tailoring class. Vanessa works in textiles and was able to do some demonstrations for the tailoring students.
Maggie chose LivLife as the preferred charity for the March dog agility show she's involved in with her dogs Pepper and Millie. She dressed up as the Easter bunny (why not?), and so that everyone could have a welcome warm up, made soup, stovies, coffee and cake for the competitors. A raffle was also held and £300 raised for LivLife.
LivLife is the captain's charity of the year for Horsforth golf club for 2023. Many thanks to Chris Baxendale for choosing us! Trustee, Jess, presented at the Captain's day in February to all members. Chris held a charity golf day in July including a raffle, and will be arranging further events throughout the year, currently raising £1000.
Georgie first became involved with LivLife in 2014 when she supported her step-niece to raise funds and volunteer at KCEM, with Santander matching the funds raised. Georgie was thrilled to be able to visit the centre herself with her son, Ethan and was warmly welcomed by Nai and the team, the students and pre-school children. We hope they will visit again!
You may have seen in the news that the war in Ukraine is pushing up the prices of grain in Africa. Unfortunately our staff, students and children are suffering the consequences of this, coupled with a severe drought in Tanzania, leaving people acutely food insecure and hungry. This means that your donations to LivLife continue to be vital. Given the rising costs we face, if you can donate more please do now so that we can continue to support all of the staff, students and children that rely on us.
Work hard, play hard, at KCEM pre-school! "KCEM is continuing to progress well - we have stability at the centre in terms of the number of enrolments across all of our courses and students are continuing to perform well and gain their certifications. The number of children attending pre-school and after school clubs has increased and we continue to get positive results on staff and student satisfaction feedback. Key changes are that demand for our work placement programme continues to grow from students and businesses and we are developing our partnership approach, and now have a Microfinance NGO (VICOBA) utilise the centre for meetings weekly and clients from the ARCC tourist company have recently renovated the tailoring class.
Our focus has shifted towards maximising impact through improving our teaching and our service delivery. We are working with LivLife to develop solutions to our key priorities which have been identified with the local community:- develop a more advanced computer course. The new computers mean that our students have become up-skilled quickly. There is a demand for courses such as Microsoft Publisher and Access given that many of our student work placements are at stationery shops. - enable students to gain experience of using the internet whether this is through open internet access or through a simulated environment.- review our training and professional development for our teachers and support staff. If you have relevant skills / experience and would like to get involved, please contact LivLife. Thank you for being there for us. Bless you and your families."Nai - KCEM Centre Manager
Huge thanks goes to our LivLife co-founder, SAM YATES, and his brother TOM YATES, who ran the infamous Ring of Fire in September, a brutal 135 mile run around Anglesey's coastline raising a whopping £2311 for LivLife!
Thank you to each and every one of our 25 amazing fundraisers in Tanzania and the UK who ran, walked and cycled to raise funds for KCEM as part of the LivLife 5k a day challenge, organised by our trustee JESS BAXENDALE in the UK and SAHDRACK MISANANA in Tanzania. A special shout out goes to Salim who got the fastest time every day in Tanzania. Together we raised a whopping £8000!!! What an amazing achievement!
Once again ALEX GREENAWAY has been raising money for LivLife. This time he did a virtual 8848m bike ride up Mount Everest - a gruelling 18 hours uphill raising £890. He even got a thumbs up from Mark Cavendish!In 2019 Alex undertook a 24 hour challenge with ROB SIBLEY in the Devizes to Westminster canoe race for LivLife.
Huge thanks to BOUSHRA TARAZA and DAVID MACKAY who ran the Hampton Court Half Marathon raising £500 for LivLife!
Special thanks to KCEM and LivLife's co-founder, MAX GRIFFITHS, and ROXANNE GRIFFITHS for holding a family festival for LivLife.
90 people contribute monthly to LivLife and without your support KCEM simply wouldn't be able to open its doors. You are our stability. To say thank you the staff and students at KCEM have been painting a tree mural displaying all of your names as leaves. We hope one day you will be able to visit us in Tanzania and see it for yourself!We would love to add more names to the tree. We still have a monthly shortfall in our running costs. Please join us by either setting up a standing order or consider increasing the standing order you already have.