What does Loose Change do?
Loose Change provides money for:
• the rent of the house that NOCET occupies
• salaries of the Matron [Joyce], the Nursery teacher [Upendo] and the Co-ordinator [Adams]. From 2016, the salary of Mary, the cook, will be paid for by a Loose Change sponsor;
• all the education costs – fees, materials, books, uniforms – of the full-time care and supported children and young adults;
• clothing for the full-time orphans, twice a year;
• and, sanitary napkins to enable girls to attend school all year.
During the visit in 2012, Loose Change bought bulk stationery for the Nursery and Kinder, atlas, dictionary, picture books, globe, soccer ball, marbles, bulk dry goods, grains, flour, vegetables and fruit, matches, charcoal and new clothes.
Loose Change fund-raises for wish-list items. In 2012 a bed, gas cooker, refrigerator, and a laptop were purchased. The gas cooker saved Joyce countless hours in cooking time – prior to this, meals were cooked on a charcoal-fuelled stove.
In September 2013, crockery, wash basins, cooking pots, thermos, cutlery, life-saving mosquito nets, television, work desk, electric kettle, tables, chairs, beds, storeroom shelving, bedsheets, bulk flour, grains and dry goods, cooking oil, sanitary napkins, prescription glasses for Grace, new clothes, and a set of outdoor swings were purchased.
Loose Change continuously strives towards:
• increasing awareness of NOCET through public speaking and presentations to community groups and organisations
• actively seeking new sponsors, donations and fund-raising to cover ever-increasing costs
• and, the possibility of funding a purpose-built, permanent family home.
before loose change
The original hand-painted sign on the side of the local, dusty road .
The original rooms in which NOCET rented, 2nd and 3rd from right [taken in 2013].
Along with the beds, this room was also the office, kitchen and store .
One of the rooms housed the 2 bunk beds, where Joyce and the 6 orphans slept .
Group photo of Samwel, Joyce, Upendo and the orphans, as well as some of the local children .
The second room was the Nursery/Kinder classroom, and also where meals were eaten. This is lunch, ugali and vegetables or beans .
Sheryl modelling the 20 litre bucket which Joyce filled up 5 times a day, carried on her head, a round-trip of 1 kilometre to a tap .
The only method Joyce had for cooking was a charcoal stove. Here she is making ugali, a lunch staple. It took hours to be prepared as the heat produced was so low .
with loose change
Sheryl entering the NOCET gate, advertising the Sasheryl Friend’s Nursery School and Daycare Centre .
This is the house we moved NOCET into on New Year’s Day, 2012.
The storeroom shelves bought with fund-raising money that was left over. These shelves, built by a local business, keep foodstuffs off the floor .
The girls' bedroom, with new bedsheets and quilts .
Just before we left, new clothes were bought for all the NOCET orphans. Here [l–r] Godfrey, Abduli and Doudi proudly modelling their new outfits .
The Nursery and Kinder classes, here led by volunteer teacher Jacqueline. The children are having mugs of porridge .
The house has running water [cold], as well as toilets, showers and baths. A new kettle boils up water to quickly and easily make up porridge .
The cooker and fridge bought with funds raised in 2012. These alone have made Joyce’s life much much easier. Cooking is faster and more efficient, food and drinks can be hygienically stored. .