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Spare Change September – Fundraising campaign

This September we’ve created a fun campaign for you to try out with your work colleagues, friends, weekly groups or at home.

Ever find you’re carrying around lots of loose change?

Print off our Spare Change September poster, find a money box, jar or container, and encourage everyone to empty their (heavy) pockets for the support of New Life Home Trust. 

Whether you keep it by your front door at home, take it to your local club (Girl Guides, Swimming club, Church fate, Slimming World etc.) or have it in the workplace, this campaign is not only a great way to raise some extra pennies for us, but it’s a good way to spread awareness and get people talking.

See someone eyeing up the poster? Go over and chat to them about the work of New Life and share how they could get involved.

Don’t carry cash? That doesn’t mean you can’t contribute.

Share a link to our Virgin Money Giving page with your office, family Whatsapp group or friends on Facebook and remember our 250 for £10 campaign where we’re trying to find 250 new donors in 2018 to give £10 per month – the equivalent of a couple coffees, a cinema ticket or a few rides on the bus (charitable and good for the environment!).

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1005564

As you collect spare change, share your images on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #SpareChangeSeptember and #NewLifeHomeTrustUK.

If you’re looking for other printable resources or fundraising inspiration, take a look at our Resources page.

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Time to ‘get social’ – Share your fundraising snaps for New Life

Technology can be a beautiful thing. It enables us to receive wonderful pictures from Kenya of the lovely boys and girls in our care. Not only that, but it can allow us to support one another, share stories, impact our friends and bring about positive change.

As you may have seen, we’re running our 250 for £10 campaign to encourage existing donors to invite just one friend to partner with us for £10 a month. That could simply mean replacing your weekly Starbucks. A great way to share this campaign is on social media with your friends and family.

In the past year, New Life Home Trust UK has set up social media accounts as a way to ‘get social’ and we’d love for you to get involved. On our social channels, we share pictures, updates and fundraising inspiration, alongside stories of hope and joy. In addition, you can also sign up to receive a monthly update via email here.

This past month, we’ve created a new Facebook group (alongside our existing Facebook page) for donors to connect with one another, collaborate on fundraising ideas, share pictures and stories and work together to support our work. We’d love for you to join the discussion.

Over on Instagram, it’s been lovely to see your fundraising efforts! Tag us in your photos using @newlifehome_uk  or use the hashtags #newlifehometrust and #NewLifeHomeTrustUK.


Thank you once again for your support.

 

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The importance of family – a response to J. K. Rowling

As an organisation who has proudly supported the rescue of abandoned children across Kenya for over two decades, New Life Home Trust UK felt a responsibility to respond to recent articles about J.K. Rowling’s criticism of children’s orphanages and volunteer travel.

First and foremost, New Life Home Trust was set up to care for abandoned babies until they could be reunited with biological family, or placed in a loving adoptive family. On account, many of the children in our care are not orphans, we simply do not know who or where their parents are. Our goal is to place all children in families as soon as it is safely possible.

As a charity, we value family – something we wish for all the children in our care. Our rescue centres ensure the children are continually cared for whilst on the search for a forever home.

Most of our babies in our care are released to adoptive families within the first 1-3 years of their lives.  We are therefore primarily offering temporary refuge while a satisfactory (non-institutional), long-term solution is found.

It is only when all family options have been exhausted, that children stay with us long-term. Nearly all of the older children in our care are classified as having health issues (HIV or disabilities), which means they cannot easily be placed in families – but our hope for family still remains.

We would like to emphasise that New Life Home Trust is NOT the kind of children’s home J. K. Rowling and others have in mind. We do not keep children unnecessarily and, where possible, try to arrange reunion with their own biological family. We agree that long-term institutionalisation of children should be avoided – looking instead to a family model.

In regards to our international volunteers, our volunteers are culturally-aware people hoping to make a real difference in our homes. Many of our volunteers visit Kenya for a specific purpose – whether it is to administer healthcare training, help to teach staff, carry out repair works, work on sustainability projects, or help to be a temporary family to the babies until their forever home is found.

Over our 20+ years, we have not only rescued over 1,800 babies, but we have placed over 1,500 of these babies into a family. 

We couldn’t do it without the support of our donors, staff, supporters and volunteers. So once again we say a huge ‘thank you!’

 

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Rebekah’s Bake Sale for New Life

Here at New Life, we love hearing stories of how our supporters in the UK have been raising funds for our vital life-saving work in Kenya. We asked Rebekah McKean to share her experience of running a fundraiser event at her school with her friend Jess:

“My name’s Rebekah McKean and I’m 16, living in Scotland.

I found out about New Life Homes from family friends. Guy and Susanna Bastable have known Clive and Mary (the founders of New Life) since the 1970s. In 2003, their daughter Lauren spent three months of her gap year volunteering and working with the babies at New Life’s Nairobi home. She fell in love with a 3-month-old baby who is now one of Guy and Susanna’s two adopted sons – Levi and Gerro. Levi was in my class at school for several years. In 2010, the family moved back to Nairobi to help out with the charity and their amazing work full time.

A friend and I decided to raise money for New Life Homes because we knew of the incredible work that the charity does, and saw firsthand the wonderful life that it could give vulnerable babies from all over Kenya. I know that Levi and Gerro wouldn’t be in the place they are today if it wasn’t for the charity. We held a small vote during the Methlick Church’s coffee afternoon because we wanted to support a charity that the community was behind. The local support for New Life Homes was evident, so much so that the votes overwhelmed those of any of the other charities we were considering.

We then decided that a bake sale at school would be the most effective fundraising method. We made several different types of cookies and cupcakes, along with a few other things. We got permission from the head teacher to set up a stand at school, during lunch. We also put up a sign outlining the work of the charity, so that people would be able to see what a worthy cause their money was going to. It was quite successful, and we raised a fair amount.

To New Life Homes: thank you for the amazing work that you do.”

Rebekah’s friend Jess also shared her experience: “We decided that the best way to reach out to people was through their stomachs! We spend several nights after school baking (and taste testing) all of our treats. For us, it was important to promote the charity to more of our young people who wanted to help other, less privileged kids. We loved holding the bake sale and we hope that the money we raised will make a difference.”

If you would like to run your own Bake Sale for New Life, we have our very own New Life Bake Sale Poster that you can download and customise for your own event date and time.

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Become a New Life donor as part of our ‘250 for 10’ campaign

This month we are kickstarting a new marketing campaign with the goal to gain 250 new donors who are willing to donate £10 a month. This way we can support our partner charity, New Life Home Trust Kenya, who rescue and care for abandoned babies. Donors are the heart of our charity and we could not be without them. Could you become one?

Your money will go towards our four homes located in Kisumu, Nairobi, Nakuru and Nyeri. Over the last 20 years, 1,700 babies have been rescued by the charity with the majority having been adopted; 164 of which, were reunited with their biological families. The love and care these babies receive is only possible because of money already donated by lovely people like you. It costs around £400 a month to care for each baby in one of the four homes located in Kenya.

New Life Donor - New Life Home Trust UK

You may think that £10 a month is a lot to donate. However, by simply giving up say three coffee’s a month or maybe skipping a trip to the cinema, you can potentially save a child’s life. A simple, small gesture can make a huge difference.

If we are able to secure 250 new donors, that will bring an additional £30,000 into our charity each year, which goes a long way toward supporting our work. With an extra £30,000, we can provide the love, care and resources required for six or more babies and children to stay in our homes for a whole year. A small amount from a large number of people really does go a long way.

If you already donate to us then thank you, but why don’t you invite a friend to join the movement? It will be a great way to increase the New Life Home Trust’s awareness and provide children with a safe place to call home.

Head over to our Virgin Money Giving page to give your donation or read more about what we do on our about page.

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Gail visits New Life in Nairobi

Each year people from the UK fly out to Kenya to visit New Life Homes. Often we hear stories of how these trips are truly inspiring and life-changing.

Gail Brechin has recently returned from her visit to our Nairobi home and we got in touch with her to share her experience from the trip. Here’s what Gail had to say:

I’ve recently returned from a month at New Life Home in Nairobi.  

This is the eighth time I have been with each trip being different from the previous one.

When I arrive, it’s like putting on a comfy pair of slippers as I meet with members of staff I have known for quite a number of years.  I keep turning up!

When I was there I saw children welcomed into New Life Homes and as they arrive there is a celebration with singing, praying and love for the baby.  Their birth is celebrated even if it is a few days or weeks after they have been born.

I saw children leave with new families and again there is a celebration with singing and prayer along with some cake. Two of the children went with one family, now brother and sister for life.  How amazing is that?!

I always seem to gravitate to the older children.  I love how their characters “show” themselves as they interact with each other.  They have so much energy – as they should.  I have to say I sleep very well at night!

There is so much love given and received by children and staff alike.  You feel this when you step into New Life Homes. It is always such a positive experience.

The downside is that I’m now missing everyone! I will need to start thinking about my next trip soon!

G x

If you feel inspired by Gail’s visit to New Life and would like to make a trip yourself, do get in touch with us to find out more!

Have you been out to Kenya? If so, we’d love to share your stories and photos. Get in touch via email here.

 

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URGENT APPEAL: Bright eyes for baby Chloe

Baby Chloe is a beautiful little girl, nearly 18 months old.  She was rescued by New Life Home Trust when she was just 2 days old and is now a sweet, loveable, happy, and confident little girl with bright eyes and an angelic smile.

Little Chloe has been apparently healthy so far, but recently her left eye was noticed to have a yellow/white pupil reflex and, following an examination under anaesthetic here in Kenya, she was diagnosed with advanced retinoblastoma (cancer of the retina) in her left eye.  This form of cancer is rare but, if treated quickly, the survival rate is 95%.

Unfortunately, retinoblastoma is not treatable in Kenya and the Consultant Paediatric Eye Surgeon here in Kenya is urging us to take baby Chloe to the UK immediately for urgent and vital eye-saving and life-saving treatment.

We, therefore, call on all our friends around the globe to partner with us in prayer and generous giving to help fund Chloe’s treatment and travel costs.

Until Chloe sees a specialist in the UK, we will not know the full cost of the treatment.  However, we are setting an initial target of GBP 70,000 or KES 10,000,000 to get the ball rolling and Chloe airborne!

If you would like to give, you can give online via our Virgin Money Giving Chloe Appeal.

Alternatively, you can arrange a bank transfer or set up a standing order by emailing us at admin@newlifehometrust.org.uk.

Thank you so much for your support.

Please note, donations which have been given through our general Virgin Money Giving Page that are marked as ‘baby Chloe’ will go towards this appeal. The recent creation of the Chloe-specific page is to help future donors to be able to give directly towards her treatment. 

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Celebrating 24 years at New Life Home Trust

Kenyan environmental activist and Nobel laureate, Wangari Maathi, once said: “I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone. It’s teamwork. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it.”

When New Life Nairobi opened its doors, we were just a small team of committed people who hoped and believed we could make an impact in the lives of Kenyan infants who were affected and/or infected by HIV/AIDS. As New Life Founders, Clive and Mary Beckenham, describe it: “We did everything together, simultaneously looking after our own biological children as well as the abandoned infants in our care. The first three babies we rescued were one week old, one month old, and five months old. At that time, the staff was very small and everyone did everything. All the staff came in untrained, but we trained them how to care for the infants and the facility. We were blessed with team members who were committed to our vision.”

Now 24 years later, because of that small group of committed individuals, nearly 2,000 infants have been rescued and the lives of staff, volunteers, adoptive parents, and these children impacted in remarkable ways! Of the total infants rescued, 75% have been adopted locally or internationally, 10% have been reunited with biological family members, and the remaining 15% were either transferred to another children’s home or passed away due to medical complications, often a result of the extreme environmental conditions of abandonment.

This month we celebrated 24 years as an organization serving and saving abandoned infants and giving priority to infants affected by HIV/AIDS! With the help of numerous donors and well-wishers along the way, New Life Home Trust has been a standard bearer in Kenya for the quality care of rescued infants. Additionally, we have helped shift the stigmas around HIV/AIDS, adoption, and children with physical and mental disabilities. We continue to be incredibly grateful for the impact that we have been able to have because of your support and the entire New Life staff (nearly 200 Kenyan employees across 4 cities!).

As Wangari Maathai put it: “The little grassroots people can change this world.”

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Share the love – Raise funds for New Life this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. As you prepare to shower your nearest and dearest with love and gifts, spare a thought for the beautiful babies at New Life.

With Give as you Live you can raise funds for New Life this Valentine’s Day, without spending a penny more than what you were already planning to spend on Valentine’s gifts!

Give as you Live allows users to raise free funds for charity as they shop. With over 4,200 top stores involved, it’s easy to donate to your chosen charity as you go about your online shopping – which you might be doing a lot of around this time of year!

If you are signed up to Give as you Live, the store you choose to shop at pays a percentage of your total purchase price in commission, and from this, 50% is donated to your charity of choice.

Give as you Live is free to join and use, and offers an easy way to donate to charities at no extra cost to you.

You could raise from 1-10% of what you spend at your selected retailer, or it may be a fixed amount. Although it may not seem like a large amount, each time you shop the donations add up and contribute to the vital work we do.

Your donations could help us to cover the costs of running our Kenyan homes providing food, clothing, medicine and all the other requirements enabling us to care for our rescued babies and children.

So why not help boost our funds this Christmas as you shop by joining Give as you Live? It’s quick and easy to sign up and doesn’t cost you a penny!

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A 2017 Thank You from New Life Home Trust UK

Here at New Life Home Trust UK, we would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ for your support of the charity this year. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your support for our lifesaving work with Kenya’s most vulnerable children.

Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The invariable mark of a dream is to see it come true”. The rescue of abandoned babies in Kenya is a wonderful reality for us at New Life and we celebrate this story of hope for the little ones.

2017 has been another great year for New Life Home Trust UK, with many new and repeat donors helping to raise funds within the UK to financially support the rescue, care and nurture of abandoned and orphaned babies in Kenya.

This year has seen around 100 new rescue babies coming through our doors for love, care and support, many of whom have gone on to be adopted into loving families or returned home to biological family.

As you may be aware, New Life Home Trust has been operating since 1994, and, to date over 1,800 babies’ lives have been changed for the better. Your contribution helps us to continue this valuable work. We couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you again for your generosity and support!

As the UK team wind down for Christmas and New Year, we continue to think of those working for and serving the charity in Kenya over the Christmas period, giving the babies gifts of love and hope this year.

We wish you all a happy Christmas and a fulfiling 2018.

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