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Thank you John

It is with enormous sadness that Porridge and Rice must announce the death of its Kenyan representative, Mr John Obonyo, on 13 October around 6am.

John worked with the charity right from the beginning. Until very recently, John was a volunteer giving of his time willingly and generously.

John's work was wide, ranging from the premiliminary vetting of applicant schools to liaising with food suppliers. If it needed to be done, John was happy to do it.

John will be sorely missed by Porridge and Rice. He will live on in the work he has done to help make the charity a success. Thank you John from everyone at Porridge and Rice. We are going to miss you more than words can express.

Car Boot Sales

Car Boot Sales have become a steady source of income for Porridge and Rice with volunteers attending at least one a month. In summer, Porridge and Rice takes at least two stands at Apps Court Farm to sell items donated by supporters.

Porridge and Rice is always grateful for donated items. The charity does not accept videos as these do not sell, it cannot accept car seats, or cycle helmets because there is no way of knowing whether they are safe for use, and because it does does not have the capacity to repair electrical goods, it cannot accept such goods that do not work.

Porridge and Rice is always able to make use of people willing to help at the car boot sales.

Chicken Training

The leadership team of Porridge and Rice attended a training course on keeping chickens at Home Range Poultry. The feedback was very positive from the team who are extremely eager to begin the venture.

A chicken house has been ordered and suppliers selected for all other items from layers pellets to jiko heaters. Once the chicken house is received and erected, it will be full steam ahead.

Petting Day

The Animal Petting Day at the Farm at 64 has become a regular local event with people returning time after time.

There will be rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, & African Pygmy hedgehogs to hold and pet plus a range of birds from budgies to finches to see.

The entrance fee is £1 per person on 1 November from 2pm to 5pm at 64 Rydal Gardens, Whitton, with cakes & balloon models on sale.


Mosaico, a new restaurant on Whitton High Street, is actively supporting Porridge and Rice.

Porridge and Rice is dependent on donors to fund its work so appreciates each and every one.

Honey Rose Bakery also recently decided to support Porridge and Rice and has already made a very real difference with a key project; chicken keeping to raise money for schools.

Literacy and Numeracy

There are real problems with literacy and numeracy in Kenya, especially the Nairobi slums. Uwezo publishes facts on both.

Porridge and Rice is working on raising literacy & numeracy with classes for teachers and supporting external study.

For example, most teachers are working towards an IGCSE in English Language or Mathematics to be written at the British Council in Nairobi.

Tom Hawes

Tom Hawes, founder of the Tilnar Cycle Challenge, visited three Porridge and Rice partner schools.

The schools loved hosting Tom. He came back to the UK very enthusiastic about the work being done by Porridge and Rice and wanting to raise more money for the charity.

Last year, the Tilnar Cycle Challenge donated £9 of every entrance fee to Porridge and Rice, amounting to nearly £1,000.

Visit the PaR Facebook page for more pictures and details about the work done by PaR.

If you have any questions or comments, please email on info@porridgeandrice.co.uk


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