#300pencilcasesforafrica , we did it!!!!!!

Hey you beautiful ones,

I have finally found the time to sit and write/type a summary of the beautiful pencil cases which made their way to the beautiful children in beautiful Kenya (overuse of word ‘beautiful’ noted).

This is going to be full of pictures and hopefully if I manage it, a video at the end.

Pastors Surekha and Chrishani and their two children took over our little treasures, made with love, to the kids and they had an amazing time doing it!

Here is the the little lady who was the first to receive a pencil case with a ruler, rubber, sharpener and pencil inside. Hmm, which pencil case do we think will be the most popular with the girls? Could it be the sparkly silver space age ones?


Right, enough said let’s let the pictures and video’s do the talking……

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Okay people, so here’s the thing, altogether we had 323 pencil cases, blowing our supposed needs out of the water. When the Pastors arrived they thought they were giving the cases to one school. The Pastor in Kenya said that he needed 50 for an orphanage, okay, no problem, off go the lovely ones made by Cathy & Imilda + a few extra (we don’t have pictures of the kids getting these ones, sorry guys!!). Then we have the Fountain School which had 215 kids. THEN the Pastor says oh, and I have started another school of 75 so we need for them as well. FREAK OUT!!  Now I am no mathematical genius but I do know that 50 + 215 + 75 does not make 323! ………..How sad is this! I just had to use a calculator to make sure that was saying was true. Ha ha as I said, no mathematical genius.

They decided they would go classroom by classroom so no one would be feel left out. They gave out the final one to the final child! Simply amazing! What a miracle!! It’s like feeding the 5000 but on a smaller scale and with pencil cases phnar phnar.

Speaking of feeding the 5000, we were also able to raise £400 to buy a meal of chicken for the kids and teachers which apparently is the biggest treat ever! here are a couple of pics of the meal being enjoyed.


And here’s just a few extra cute ones that I love!

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And what about this little dude!! cheeky or what!!

This really has been an amazing blessing, not only to the kids but to the pastors, the teachers of the schools and to all of us who were able to contribute.

I would personally like to thank Cathy, Amber, Sandesh, Ann (best mother in law in the world), Fran,  Paul at Fabrics Galore Dawn, Katy, Becca, Sandryne, Delana, Deardra, Lisa, Imilda from Simply Fabrics Brixton, Jo (the sparkly ones were a hit) without whom it never would have happened and all you lot who were sending lovely messages of encouragement throughout the process.

Here’s a little video that a clever guy called Shan (son of our pastor) made. There’s a message from the head of the school, thank you message and this video sums it all up really.

God bless you guys! We did it!!!!



#300pencilcasesforAfrica update

Hello All,

It snowed, yay!!! well maybe a centimetre or two but thats good enough for me, still counts!

Just thought I’d give you an update on how we are doing with the #300pencilcasesforafrica 

I put out a call for any sewers to help me out on my quest to give the kiddlings in Kenya a real treat.

I was so touched by the response. I had the wonderful soisewedthis regram and constantly plug the efforts. As a result the lovely Cathy made 10 of the most beautiful pencil cases along with her daughter.


The very same soisewedthis made a whopping 25 cases that are winging their way to me as I type. They are so gorgeous with fun linings.

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I have also had a lady that I know knock up 20 in a day!! Can’t wait to see those! And another from my children’s school making another 20! And not forgetting two of my lovely friends Dawn and Katy coming over to help me bash out as many as we can on Thursday.

Here are my humble offerings although I am still sewing like a maniac to get another 100+ finished by this Saturday.

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So people, the running total is an amazing 159!!!! So we are well on the way to achieving the 300 needed.

God bless you people for the lovely comments, the help, the prayers or just for looking. Have a great day!