Review of 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters

We are all unanimous in saying that 2020 was a very difficult year, not only here in the UK but throughout the world. In Kenya, the Enaikishomi School was closed from March to mid-October, only re-opening fully in January this year. Our trip to Nairobi in May to inspect some eco-toilets and deal with other administrative details was cancelled as a result of the covid virus.

However, even before the pandemic arrived, Edward and I were so saddened by the sudden death of a family friend and loyal supporter of the Amy Elgar Trust, Annie Marchant who died on 9 January 2020. Annie’s generosity still continued as we learnt later in the year that she remembered the Amy Elgar Trust in her will.

Despite the fact that we could not inspect more modern eco toilets in Nairobi, we felt that the urgent need for more and better pupils’ toilets still remained. We therefore decided to agree to the recommendations of the logistics team at Lewa Wildlife Conservatory and building… or rather digging first of all… began in the autumn.

Throughout 2020, Dan, the gardener continued to work within the School compound and both the vegetable garden and the flower borders flourished.

A new friend and neighbour at Enaikishomi, Mike Scott, continued to inspect the borehole, the header tank and all the meters every quarter and report back to us. We are now beginning to build up a clear picture of the water usage, despite 2020 being such an odd year.

In addition, other new neighbours to Enaikishomi School, Peter and Sarah Kinyua, secured donations which enabled the recent purchase of Spectron boards to enhance the technological education available to the pupils.

It is good to see the children returning to Enaikishomi School and resume their education. We have yet to learn the effects of 9 months’ lack of education and especially for those who were not able to graduate at the end of the academic year in 2020.

Edward and I hope to visit the School in May this year (just re-booked our flights) but in the meantime we thank you all for your continued support and interest.

With best wishes Sandy and Edward Elgar