CARIAD KENYA ACTIVITIES                              "Become the change you want to see."
    Many people, over the years, have done a variety of interesting things to help Cariad Kenya support Mudzini Kwetu Centre. Individuals and groups, in response to what was happening at the home, have thought up various activities and events. One young boy opened up his piggy-bank and gave a few pounds from his savings; several groups have been sponsored on cycle rides; some have climbed the heights of Mounts Everest and Kilimanjaro; various choirs have held concerts; schools and other groups have held fetes; and many more!
    Here are snapshots of some of the events and efforts from those who have, and still are, contributing to support the Mudzini Kwetu Centre.

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    A group called ROMEO (Retired Older Men Eating Out), organised a Curry Night for men of all ages. The guest speaker was Tim Martin, the physiotherapist for the Newport Gwent Dragons, the regional professional rugby team. Also present was Anthony Mulongo, the founder of Mudzini Kwetu Centre.

    Amy, from London, decided to fulfil an ambition, and raise funds for Cariad Kenya to use, by climbing Mount Everest. Although Amy was very fit, her project was not to get to the summit but to Base Camp, which needs a strenuous effort in any case. She nearly touched the stars! Amy says, "I had an amazing time. It was extremely tough (even breathing at only 50% oxygen was a struggle) but I can honestly say I enjoyed every step. We made it to Everest Base Camp on 29th October 2009 after eight long days trekking."

    Elizabeth Graham, a top flower arranger, gave a superb demonstration to the many attending this organised event. Elizabeth was so taken by the work in Kenya that she was willing to give her time even though she had a busy schedule. The theme for the evening was The Continents and she used colours and flowers to depict the various continents.

    Elizabeth presented a second Floral Demonstration entitled Creation. This was another well-attended event and those who were there were amazed at Elizabeth's skill in representing the creation story in flowers.

    The community of Rogerstone, South Wales, hold a summer fete and Cariad Kenya has a stall selling a variety of goods, which have been donated by people within the community. It is an opportunity to share with others and talk about Mudzini. The local Member of Parliament, Paul Flynn, has taken an interest in the children at the home through this activity.

    Several choirs support Cariad Kenya. The 'Dorothy Adams Singers' is a well-known and well-established choir in the South Wales area. They have performed a number of Christmas Concerts to raise funds. Here are a few photographs of them in rehearsal. 

    SPONSORED CYCLE RIDE On 12th August 2006, twenty people from the 'Spout Lane Wheelers' set off to raise money for Cariad Kenya.They cycled from Talybont to Tongwynlais which covers thirty-six miles. Some took a wrong turn and did a few miles extra! Just as well that most of the route was downhill along the Taff Trail with beautiful scenery.
    Each rider had the name of one of the girls pinned to their back to remind them and others why they were doing such a mad thing. It worked as they were given contributions at the stopover pubs where the backup team met them with refreshments and encouragement.
    In spite of little preparation, all of the cyclists managed to get back to base, the Lewis Arms in Tongwynlais, where they were met by John Newnham. John was the brains and inspiration behind the ride. He took Cariad Kenya to heart after reading about the charity in a parish magazine.

    Three sisters Hannah, Elizabeth and Ruth have known of the home from its beginnings and have met Gift, Kimberley and Sopra when these girls visited the UK. They have always admired the wonderful relationship all the Mudzini girls have with one another and the way they are as sisters together.

    Hannah and her sisters wanted to do something for Mudzini so they organised a concert with themselves as the performers. Hannah has her ambitions but is keen to ensure that the girls at the home can achieve their ambitions as well. Elizabeth is a very good percussionist and performed on the marimba. The sound was very 'African' even though the composition was 'classical'. One of her pieces was a prayer and she played it so movingly. Singing plays such an importatant part in the life of Mudzini, so it was fitting that Ruth used her vocal talents as well. Ruth hopes that all the girls will be able to use their talents in wonderful ways in their future. As well as performing solos, there were group pieces.
    Hannah, Elizabeth and Ruth enjoy working and playing together and they gain inspiration from the girls at Mudzini as they share and help each other.
    The sisters in the home at Kikambala are so resilient, cheerful, caring and loving with one another. That moved three sisters in the UK to use their abilities and talents by performing in this concert. The UK sisters want to help their African sisters obtain their hopes.
    The money that was raised through their efforts will go some way in enabling the Mudzini sisters make their dreams realities. Well done to Hannah, Elizabeth and Ruth for what they did!