Letter from Gabriel – Feb 2014

Dear Friends,

I hope this letter finds all of you in the best of health and blessed with a good start to 2014. This letter is long overdue, and I sincerely apologize for the delay. It has been an eventful year with a lot of unforeseen challenges. I am grateful however, because it was also a year of much growth in faith and inner strength.

It is now a year since the ethnic clashes in the Tana Delta ended as abruptly as it started and life has slowly returned to normal. TRLF was invited to be part of the Tana Delta Peace Forum set up by the Deputy County Commissioner’s office, aimed at conflict resolution. I believe that our human development initiatives can bring about not merely periods of normalcy but long term peace and sustainable development for the people of Tana Delta. The following report elaborates on this conviction:

https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2014-trlf-education-and-peace-final.pdf

As part of our efforts to support the areas most affected by the conflict, we started a mobile library this month, initially serving two schools in the delta, including Buyani Secondary School which was vandalized and forced to stop operating for almost a year as a result of the clashes. Our school The Delta Mustard Seed Academy is now registered with the Ministry of Education as a Private Nursery and Primary School, with an enrolment of 115 children from all the delta tribes. You can read more about these and our other educational initiatives at :https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2013-pdf-part-b-and-c-education-support1.pdf

We terminated the services of the contractor responsible for constructing Phase 1 of the Emmaus Centre (i.e. the school building) in the middle of last year on grounds of non-performance. We were unable to proceed as planned as he refused to return the original building plans to us. The case is currently pending a court decision with a ruling date set for 17th March. Meanwhile, construction of Phase 2 of the Emmaus Centre (i.e. the Community Centre housing the library, computer room, meeting room, auditorium and cafeteria) will begin this month under a new contractor. This phase is expected to be completed by August. Details about the ECP are available at:

https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2013-pdf-part-k-and-l-scaling-up.pdf

To better manage these new initiatives, I have delayed my annual trip to Asia. I will arrive in Singapore on 21st March. Collections for the Mitumba Project (i.e. sale of recycled goods to improve rural livelihoods) will start on Saturday 22nd March and run through to Saturday 29th March. The venue remains the same as last year, i.e. the Nativity Church Kindergarten at Hougang Ave 8 (opposite Punggol Park). I look forward to your support once again. Full details can be obtained from :  https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2014-part-b-pdf.pdf

This project, with your generous support, benefited over 50 families last year. I write about this and other entrepreneurship programs at:

https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2013-pdf-part-g-and-h-entrepreneuship.pdf

The farm project has progressed very well in spite of being partially destroyed during the floods that hit the delta in May and June last year. More information on this is available at:

https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2013-pdf-part-d-e-and-f-sustainable-agriculture.pdf

This was largely due to the efforts of the present group of youth under formation who are also the farm managers. They have matured tremendously in the past year, and are very responsible and honest. I explain more about the youth formation project in the following write-up:

https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2013-pdf-part-i-and-j-integral-formation.pdf

We were blessed with many visitors last year. A compilation of photos of 2013 visitors is available at:

https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2013-pdf-part-m-donor-visits.pdf

I am grateful for these visits, as it enriches the life experiences of our youth. I trust that every one of our visitors were also enriched in some way, and I welcome more such visits in the coming years.

I am very grateful to all who have helped us in one way or another, making possible so many initiatives last year. May you be blessed abundantly for your generous spirit.  Below is an acknowledgment of the help we received in 2013, and I apologize if I have inadvertently missed mentioning anyone:

https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2013-pdf-part-n-acknowledgements.pdf

Highlights of our 2013 initiatives can be downloaded at: https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2013-pdf-part-a-cover-and-intro.pdf

The complete 2013 Annual Report comprising all the above sections is available at:

https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2013-trlf-annual-report-final.pdf

We have made major changes to the administration of our school fees sponsorship programme with the aim of assisting the most marginalized students from every location in the Tana Delta. This and all our other plans for 2014 are outlined in the following report:

https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2014-part-a-pdf.pdf

I hope you will be encouraged to continue to journey with us this year as we work towards a more complete humanity for all.

I created a new email address for the foundation: tanariverlifefoundation@gmail.com, and will be sending all future reports through that address. Please save that email address in your contacts list/address book to prevent our future reports from inadvertently being sent to your spam folder.

Lastly, I look forward to meeting you during my stay in Singapore and Malaysia from the end of March until the middle of May. I will be contactable at both +65-98338401 (Singapore) and +6012-6237040 (Malaysia) from 21st March. Please note my new permanent mobile number in Singapore.

Thank you once again, and I wish you all a year of peace and fulfillment. God bless.

Gabriel Teo Kian Chong

Idsowe – Tana Delta

February 2014

Mitumba Used Goods Collection 2014

Many of you are in the midst of spring cleaning this first weekend in January and have asked when we will be collecting the used goods for Tana River Life Foundation. Aside from the usual clothes, bags, shoes, bedsheets and curtains, I’d like to highlight that we also collect the following :

– old mobile phones which can be repaired and sold Tana Delta

– CDs / DVDs for recycling : content does not matter. They could contain music, movies, software, backups, or even annual reports

– empty CD / DVD covers for recycling

The venue and dates have been decided.

We’ll be at Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the same venue as the past 2 years from 22 – 30 March. Click here for a map of the location.

Click here to download the letter from Gabriel, the dates and times of the collection and a  list of items needed : https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/mitumba-2014-final.pdf

See you in March and Happy Spring Cleaning !

 

TRLF awarded income tax exempt status by the Kenya Revenue Authority

In recognition of its contributions to society as an Institute of Public Benefit, TRLF has been awarded income tax exempt status by the Kenya Revenue Authority for a 5 year period from 24th April 2013 to 24th April 2018.

This effectively means that:

  • TRLF has been officially recognized as a charitable institution in Kenya;
  • TRLF will be exempted from all tax on any income earned, e.g. interest, rent and business; and
  • Donations to TRLF by Kenyan taxpayers will be allowed as a deduction against chargeable income for tax purposes.

If you need more information, please contact us at tanariverlifefoundation@gmail.com

Getting an Education at the Tana Delta – by Rocco Hu

Increasing access to quality education is one of the central goals of the Tana River Life Foundation. From providing bursaries and lodging to capable but underprivileged rural students to assisting local schools’ by providing furniture, facilities, transport and technology, the Foundation seeks to support students in the Tana River area by tackling the main problems facing rural education.

It is night in Idsowe village. Most of the light comes from kerosene lamps peering out from thatched huts, the occasional torch, the moon and stars, and the few houses with Kenya Power. Near the heart of the village however, burns a steady light, visible from kilometers away. Approaching it from across the sandy path, one sees that behind the dusty metal gates of the Foundation house is seated a handful of students on foldable metal chairs, school materials on dark blue MOE desks in front of them. Heads are bowed in concentration under large electric lamps.

Getting help with homework

Getting help with homework

A student raises his hand, evidently stuck on a mathematics question. John Keller, a participant in the Youth Formation Program steps forward and shows the student how to work out a logarithmic expression on pen and paper-the old school way. As he returns to a seat near the corner of the garage I ask him if he’s usually helping here. Giving a characteristically light smile, he nods in the affirmative.

Parents applying for busaries for their children

Parents waiting to apply for busaries for their children

From as early as 6am, students and their parents began passing through the entrance to the Tana River Life Foundation’s Idsowe house, forming a crowd several hundred strong. Among the assembled were members of Idsowe village as well as those who had to travel through the night from more remote areas.

At the start of every semester, students from the area gather to apply for bursaries with the Foundation. According to Gabriel Teo, the founder of the organization, “We (The foundation) consider both merit and need when we give out the bursaries”. Students have to provide a copy of their academic transcripts to apply, and any parent wishing to appeal for a bursary based on extenuating circumstances can do so in the weeks ahead.

For many in the impoverished Tana River area, the bursaries are a lifeline. According to Hamara Said, a Form 1 (Sec 3 equivalent) student at the nearby Tarasaa High, “it is difficult (for me) to be in school without the bursary.” For Hamara, whose agriculturalist parents are determined to keep all of their six children in school, the $3,500KSH (approximately $41 USD) bursary he got last year gives him a sense of empowerment. “When I get this bursary, I feel that I can really achieve what I want.”

Bursaries are not the only form of assistance rendered during the session. After the applicants have filled and handed in their forms, and refreshed themselves with tea brewed by our youth volunteers, several senior members of the foundation took turns to address the crowd.

Bendecto Komora, employee of the organization and an alumnus of the first batch of students assisted by the foundation took to the floor first. In Swahili and English, he encouraged students and parents to keep striving in the face of failure and adversity if they are to become empowered to shape their own lives.

Gabriel Teo concurs. Referring to the political roots of the pre-election ethnic violence last year, he exhorted the importance of education to “protecting people against manipulation”. In impassioned Swahili, he pointed out that the disruption caused by the violence led the county to be ranked last in the nation’s annual academic ranking exercise. “We cannot let this set the whole area back. Education is the key to transforming the Tana River area.”

Students boarding the foundation bus

Students boarding the foundation bus

In addition to providing bursaries and studying and living facilities to students, the Foundation also works closely with government schools in the area.

The road to Garsen High School is long and dusty. Many students and staff take the buses the Foundation provides from Garsen town and the surrounding villages to school. After ten minutes of travel on a dirt track off the main road, bush and sand dunes give way to a large clearing where a cluster of lightly painted buildings stand.

As we approach the principal’s office, temporarily housed in a small building with the sign “Girls’ Dormitory”, we pass a baying goat tied to a small tree out in the porch. According to Keller, that’s school fees.

In the building we were greeted by Mr Benjamin Sholo, the head teacher of the school that has the highest enrolment, charges the lowest fees, and the highest academic standing of all the high schools in the area.

Mr Sholo greeted us with a warm smile and invited us to sit. After exchanging pleasantries, he shared with us that the enrolment of the school has grown from 200 in 2007 to the current 528.

When asked about the other reasons behind the relative success of the school, Mr Sholo said: “Some of the policies that have been good include the lunch program in school. Needless to say, the help given from the Tana River Life Foundation has also been invaluable.”

Mr Sholo said that the Foundation currently provides 200 of its students with some form of financial assistance and transports the bulk of its student body to and fro school with its buses. According to him, the Foundation has also helped provide technology and furniture crucial to the running of the school. Gesturing towards the desktop computer that sits atop his desk, Mr Sholo added that that was one of the ten computers donated by the foundation.

According to Mr Sholo, before the school instituted the food program, “You see the numbers (of students) slowly get reduced through the day. By 10a.m you have a certain number, by the afternoon its lower, and by evening its even lower.” But after making free breakfast and lunch part and parcel of the school, many more students attend and remain in school. “Now, even if the students want to play truant, they still show up at the break times to have food”, joked Mr Sholo. On a more serious note, he explains that most of the students here come from disadvantaged families that struggle to make 3 meals a day. Having food on campus makes it possible for the students to attend school, and ultimately benefits the marginalized the most.

As we toured the school compound, surveying the newly built science labs and classrooms filled with the white-and-brown uniforms of Garsen students, Mr Sholo shared with us his belief in education for girls.

“I have a softer spot for girls when they apply for a place here at Garsen . A mother who is educated will push for better education for her children, and when she makes her family it will be a better family. Sometimes if the family is not willing or able to pay for a girls’ education we can liase with Gabriel to see how the foundation can support her.”

We rounded the last school building where a class of Form 1 (or Secondary 3) students sat in neat rows, listening with rapt attention to a Biology lesson.

Mr Sholo rounded off our visit by thanking us for our time, and closed off with his broader vision for education in Garsen. He believes in a “Prosper thy neighbor” approach to development-that improving economic conditions through access to education is crucial to eliminating the social ills that threaten peace in the area. The ethnically diverse High School which enrolls children from both the Pokomo and Orma tribes and has teachers from different parts of Kenya, served as a safe haven during last year’s ethnic clashes. “We don’t stand on one side”, Mr Sholo said. He added that the school’s enrolment increased after the clashes died down and news of its reputation spread.

Getting around using the Tana River Life Foundation bus

Getting around using the Tana River Life Foundation bus

The rumbling approach of the Foundation bus interrupted the chorus of cicadas. It was getting late, and time for us Singaporean visitors’ to return back to our lodge. We said our goodbyes to the students and to Gabriel and boarded the bus. When we were at the edge of the village I turned around and noticed that the light from the garage was still shining, and thought that Joseph Keller was probably still sitting there, watching over scribbling students determined to be authors of their own fates.

Across the country in the cities of Mombasa, Nairobi and Eldoret, in small, modest houses rented by the Foundation, bright, ardent lights hum and glow into the night.

“Recently released from the army, Rocco spends his time reading, watching plays and volunteering. He also writes fiction, drama and journalism sporadically. He is currently studying the liberal arts at the Yale-NUS College.

He first found out about the Foundation through an information session at his godmother’s place. After listening to Gabriel speak about the organization and its work, and interacting with David and Eddie, two youth volunteers, he decided that he wanted to be part of this wonderful project. This led to him to travel to Kenya between the 1st and 26th of May 2013, where he assisted with installing and implementing library software, and gathered materials for articles to be used in the foundation’s publication material. He hopes to head back to Kenya soon”

An update on the Sustainable Agriculture Project

The Sustainable Agriculture Project was started by the foundation in 2010 to establish a model food garden that would be environmentally sustainable in the semi-arid land of the Tana Delta. It educates the local youth on methods of improving food security and alleviating poverty. With the newly acquired knowledge, they were expected to be catalysts in their rural communities, improving household nutrition and generating additional income. This benefits both the current and future generations, while promoting the sustainable and integrated development of communities.

The current batch of youths under formation have proven to be more responsible than their predecessors. The farm was flooded in May and June, and they spent many hours repairing and replanting. Through their hard work, there has been a great improvement in the farm in the short period between July to October 2013.

Flood damage - Tana River 2013

Goat house damaged by flood waters

Flood waters - Tana River 2013

Submerged Casuarina Plantation

Bananas lost to the floods

Bananas lost to the floods

They are now able to run the projects independently with minimum guidance while attending to all necessary maintenance tasks. Starting September 2013, two of our former beneficiaries have been providing them with technical training in poultry, bee, fish and livestock keeping. In addition they were sent to Malindi for a 1-day course in rabbit keeping. They plan to start that project by December 2013.

New Banana crop - post floods Oct 2013

New Banana crop – post floods Oct 2013

Repairing the farm house after the floods - Oct 2013

Building a Rabbit Pen after the floods – Oct 2013

Working the fields after the floods - Oct 2013

Replanting nappier grass ( livestock feed ) after the floods – Oct 2013

Repaired farmhouse - Oct 2013

Repaired goat house – post floods Oct 2013

We have since discovered that the project is an excellent tool in the formation of the moral character of the youths.

  • They learn and appreciate the benefits of hard work. It helps them understand that focused effort is required on their part to improve their lives.  Continual improvements through the adoption of modern and scientific methods are also important. It changes their attitudes towards sponsorships and donor assistance. They better understand the need for self reliance to improve their lives instead of just waiting for help to come along.
  • It also helps them learn to work together in small groups, and to be fair to and responsible to others. These are key lessons if they are to become community leaders in the future. Currently local communities lack honest and generous leaders. This project has helped to change that mind-set amongst the youth inculcating a greater spirit of fairness and generosity.
  • The project also gives them invaluable training in handling their own finances in a responsible way. From having to ask for money for a simple haircut, they have found themselves able to buy the first mattrese their mothers have ever had in their entire lives through the sale of vegetables. Many of them have been able to save and plan for their personal expenses, and regularly contribute to their families’ food budget.

The youths have discovered the importance of self-reliance and diligence towards achieving a better quality of life. They have learnt and internalized accountability.

The foundation is grateful to Wesley Methodist Church Singapore for their continued support on this project. If you are would like to find out more about this project, please contact us at tanariverlifefoundation@gmail.com .

Gabriel Teo Guest of Honour at UTAR Convocation 2013

Gabriel Teo, founder of Tana River Life Foundation, was invited to be the guest of honour at the UTAR Convocation in August 2013.

He addressed the graduating students and offered them insights into his world. Here’s a selection of press coverage of the event.

Star Article on Gabriel — UTAR Convo

Sin Chew_Nation_p6_240813 Oriental Daily_Perak Edition_pPC14_240813 Nanyang_Perak Edition_pC3_240813 China Press_Perak Edition_pC3_240813

 

Venue of UTAR Convo

Gabriel addressing the UTAR Convo

Gabriel, students and Tun Ling at UTAR Convo

 

Gabriel with students

An Interview of Gabriel Teo by Rocco Hu

Gabriel being interviewed

Gabriel being interviewed

Question > How long has it been since you started working with the people of the Tana River area?

Gabriel > If I’m not mistaken, I was here from around 1995 onwards.

Question > What were the circumstances that motivated you to begin your work here?

Gabriel > I first came to Kenya after university on holiday and felt a sense that there were many things that I didn’t know upon seeing a whole new world. And this whole new world made me ask many questions about my direction in life. I then spent 5 years as a tax accountant. Over the five years I was there I was doing well, but I always felt that something was missing. It certainly wasn’t a feeling of emptiness, but just that what I was doing wasn’t enough. At that point I thought I’d come back and do something related to community development. I was not sure exactly how that would work but at that age you don’t think so much. But yeah, that was the idea.

Question > Did you set out intending to create the organization as it is now, or was it something that was conceived of one step at a time?

Gabriel > The latter. Everything you see now was conceived one step at a time. It evolved over the years. Every year we try to improve on it, make it more effective. Even the Mitumba project is still evolving. There is no textbook, so there was the issue of having the intention, but not the method needed to achieve it, the direction but not the means of getting there.  That may not be a bad thing. When you admit that you don’t really know what you‘re doing, you learn the most. You become more open to new answers, self-evaluation, how to do things better.

Question > If you had to break down the development of the organization into distinct steps, what would they be?

Gabriel > This first would be centered around the vague term called “helping people”. I saw someone being sent home from school because of a lack of fees. And so education came up high on the priority list early. Then came the part where we did a lot of soul searching on what it means to be educated, what an education is for. We then began agricultural activities. That gained importance as we felt that a healthier and better-nourished mind can learn better. After that it was focused on helping people to become more independent rather than dependent, through community self-help and entrepreneurship; helping people cope with challenges of rural businesses. Also, I felt that at the end of the day, if you have men and women who are not honest, who don’t have integrity, whatever we do might end up not amounting to much. But if you help people become better husbands, better wives, better parents, to become people with character and values, the community will develop in a sustainable way. Thus youth development also came up as a central concern of our organisation.

Question > Where do you see the TRLF headed in the next 5, 10 years?

Gabriel > I hope it will be focused on empowering the young people to mature and be reliable. So this becomes less of a one man show and becomes more of a community-based endeavour. Other important goals include becoming self-sufficient in terms of operating costs, as well as getting more donor funding for the right things. Seeing how the assistance can be replicated to cover a wider area in a cost-effective way.

Question > I can see that the students and villagers in general trust you a lot. Was it hard obtaining that trust? What was the process like? Was there any particular turning point in obtaining their trust?

Gabriel > It’s still an ongoing process. Some people trust more, some less. It’s like any other human relationship but harder because of the need to overcome cultural barriers and a fear of the unknown. What I found very important to this was to show that you can back your words up with action. Last year between August and September when there were ethnic clashes that resulted in villages being burnt and people killed, many people expected me to leave to Mombasa and wait out the violence. But I didn’t feel compelled to do so. What’s the point of going away when all you’ve been saying is that you want to be responsible to them. I think that is false. I had to bear some risk that any other locals had to bear, but I felt the right thing would be to remain there unless we could close the whole house and bring everyone out. I think after that the level of trust went up.

Question > What were the main obstacles you faced in setting up and running the organization?

Gabriel > Compliance, lack of staff and a lack of experience. The learning curve was and still is very steep. There’s also not enough time, not enough man hours. I hope in the future administrative tasks will be lesser and lesser. Working on new projects and the day-to-day administrative work related to the organization take up more than all of one’s time.

Question > Were you always such an altruistic person? What were you like as a student or fresh uni grad?

Gabriel > I was very ambitious and competitive, and a little vain and proud. But that said, I was a person who felt a lot, who thought a lot; someone who always wanted and still wanted to understand the meaning of love and how to live by it.

Question > Youth in Singapore have the benefit of growing up in a relatively affluent country. Based on your perspective, do you have any words of advice for us?

Gabriel > They should realize that the world is not what it seems, that it’s not as complete it seems; their world is not the entire world. They should look outside their windows at the world so that they can see more, and become more. This is important so they don’t become shaped by factory settings, by factory defaults. They should make a leap to live.

Question > What words of advice do you have for people who want to help disadvantaged peoples and communities but don’t know how to start?

Gabriel > It’s very important to make recce trips. Trips that would help you understand the people and situation that you want to improve. Knowing one’s own intentions for doing the work that you want to do is also very crucial. Helping others should not be an escape from the present. Let it be a real path that you want to follow. Not because you’re doing poorly in the old path, but that the old path is going well but not good enough. I can only say that on my own experience.

Question > If readers want make a contribution to the Foundation, how can they do so at this point of time?

Gabriel > Get to know us. Email us at tanariverlifefoundation@gmail.com. We have two representatives in Singapore, Iris and Karen. Meet us, tell us what they’d like to know and what they can do, and we can take it from there. I don’t think it’s necessary or right to take money for the sake of getting a donation. What I would like is to build partnerships, form connections with people who are walking the same journey. I think that makes sense, and is more honest, more real. If it’s just a matter of raising funds from anonymous faces, I’ve never done it that way.

“Recently released from the army, Rocco spends his time reading, watching plays and volunteering. He also writes fiction, drama and journalism sporadically. He is currently studying the liberal arts at the Yale-NUS College.

He first found out about the Foundation through an information session at his godmother’s place. After listening to Gabriel speak about the organization and its work, and interacting with David and Eddie, two youth volunteers, he decided that he wanted to be part of this wonderful project. This led to him to travel to Kenya between the 1st and 26th of May 2013, where he assisted with installing and implementing library software, and gathered materials for articles to be used in the foundation’s publication material. He hopes to head back to Kenya soon”

Students at UTAR meet Dr Ling

Thanks to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 6 youths from Tana River are currently on scholarship at the Perak campus. The 6th student Prisca Habuya Mbaru joined them in January this year. She is the first female student from the foundation to be sponsored at UTAR and will be persuing a Bachelor of Arts in English Education.

Last December 5 of the students had the honour of meeting Utar council chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/12/12/metroperak/12441045&sec=metroperak

Click here for a downloadable version of the article. The Star Online_ Kenyan Students Share their Experiences with Dr Ling – Dec 2012

More Art in Aid of Emmaus Centre Project

Thanks to Mr Milenko Prvacki, we have had a number of artists contribute their works in aid of the Emmaus Centre Project building fund. These beautiful works are available for sale. Please contact the foundation at tanariverlife@gmail.com to purchase or view the pieces.

Click here to download a copy of the art catalogue. https://tanariverlife.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/a5-tana-booklet_130326_full-set-low-res1.pdf

Untitled by Jessica Gabrielli

Untitled by Jessica Gabrielli – SOLD !

To the Beat of the Sarama - Series by Jessica Gabrielli

To the Beat of the Sarama – Series by Jessica Gabrielli – SOLD !

Symbiosis 2 by Sansook Roh

Symbiosis 2 by Sansook Roh

Small Red Squares and Small Green Squares by Om Mee Ai

Small Red Squares and Small Green Squares by Om Mee Ai

Small Red Squares and Small Green Squares by Om Mee Ai ( diptych )

Small Red Squares and Small Green Squares by Om Mee Ai ( diptych )

Medusozoa by Shubigi Rao

Medusozoa by Shubigi Rao – SOLD !

The Rage of Reason by Miel

The Rage of Reason by Miel – SOLD !

Silhouette along the Corridor Guava and Pomegranate by Quek Kiat Sing

Silhouette along the Corridor Guava and Pomegranate by Quek Kiat Sing – SOLD !

Silhouette along the Corridor Bonsai by Quek Kiat Sing

Silhouette along the Corridor Bonsai by Quek Kiat Sing – SOLD ! 

The Visitor (Study) by Jon Chan

The Visitor (Study) by Jon Chan

Gaussian (seascape) by Jeremy Sharma

Gaussian (seascape) by Jeremy Sharma

Earthbound by Shirley Soh

Earthbound by Shirley Soh – SOLD !

Malayan Exchange ( Study of a Note of the Future ) Variation 8, Ed 1 of 5 by Green Zeng

Malayan Exchange ( Study of a Note of the Future ) Variation 8, Ed 1 of 5 by Green Zeng – SOLD !

Purple_Grey No.1 by Luke Heng

Purple_Grey No.1 by Luke Heng – SOLD !

Tan Wee Lit 2008

Interchange by Delia Prvacki

Interchange by Delia Prvacki – SOLD !

Harvest by Max Kong

Harvest by Max Kong

Fading Asia by Ketna Patel

Fading Asia by Ketna Patel

No Unregistered Guests (from the Love Hotel Series) By Adeline Kueh

No Unregistered Guests (from the Love Hotel Series) By Adeline Kueh

Tan Wee Lit 2008 - second image

Beginning of a Construction by Vladimir Todorovic

Beginning of a Construction by Vladimir Todorovic

Studying the Barn Owl by Khairullah Rahim

Studying the Barn Owl by Khairullah Rahim – SOLD !

Small Things by Steve Lim

Small Things by Steve Lim

Now you see it now you dont by Milenko Prvacki

Now you see it now you dont by Milenko Prvacki – SOLD !

Moving Bodies Series No. 1 by S.Chandrasekaran

Moving Bodies Series No. 1 by S.Chandrasekaran

He Make Me by Khairullah Rahim

He Make Me by Khairullah Rahim

Beard by Filip Gudovic

Beard by Filip Gudovic

001432 by Hilmi Johandi

001432 by Hilmi Johandi

Untitled by Ana Prvacki

Untitled by Ana Prvacki

004706 by Hilmi Johandi

004706 by Hilmi Johandi

Occupy Antartica by Phillips Connor

Occupy Antartica by Phillips Connor

The Kenyan Girl by Kim Chesney

The Kenyan Girl by Kim Chesney – SOLD !

The Field by Panisuan Chasinga

The Field by Panisuan Chasinga

Reaching by Clare Hebdige

Reaching by Clare Hebdige – SOLD !

85 Years by Clare Hebdige

85 Years by Clare Hebdige – SOLD !

Entering Noah's Ark by Jason Wang

Entering Noah’s Ark by Jason Wang – SOLD !

Peace by Amit Upadhye

Peace by Amit Upadhye – SOLD !

Coloverde by Amit Upadhye

Coloverde by Amit Upadhye

Paleta Ng Langit (Sky's Palette) by Cher Villarino

Paleta Ng Langit (Sky’s Palette) by Cher Villarino

Akit by Cher Villarino

Akit by Cher Villarino – SOLD !

The West Gate Angkor Thom Angkor Cambodia by John McDermott

The West Gate Angkor Thom Angkor Cambodia by John McDermott – SOLD !

Temple Lions and Clouds by John McDermott

Temple Lions and Clouds by John McDermott – SOLD !

Bayon Temple, Angkor by Russel Wong

Bayon Temple, Angkor by Russel Wong

Aspirations by Alec Tan

Aspirations by Alec Tan

ECP Phase 1 Construction in progress

Construction of Phase 1 comprising a two-storey school building started on Monday, November 26th, 2012 after a two month delay due to clashes that affected some parts of Tana River District in August and September 2012.

Thank you for your support and prayers.

ECP Construction - Day 1

ECP Construction – Day 1

ECP Construction - Phase 1 Day 2

ECP Construction – Phase 1 Day 2

ECP Phase 1 Construction - Day 3

ECP Phase 1 Construction – Day 3

ECP Construction - Phase 1 Day 4

ECP Construction – Phase 1 Day 4

ECP Phase 1 Construction - Involving the local community in and around Idsowe

ECP Phase 1 Construction – Involving the local community in and around Idsowe

Phase 1 Construction in progress

Phase 1 Construction in progress