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Amount Given, GBP

Kenya Equipment for Meru Hospital (coordinated by Dr Andrew Martin) 500
Kenya Community Services programme following civil unrest after the elections. 1,026
Albania Contribution towards the restoration of a village school at Rovel. 7,000
Romania Balance of funds brought forward from 2008 for the enhancement of a Care Home for the Aged at Chesau (aka the ROPE project) 1,000
Lesotho Continuation of project to assist scores of AIDS orphans (the (CAKE project). Amount transferred during 2009: 8,055
Amount carried forward to 2010 for CAKE: 3,195
TOTAL 20,776

From CAP chairman, John Arthur: On behalf of the CAP committee I would like to thank you most heartily for the way in which you helped in achieving our goals for 2009, when an amazing sum of £ 20,776 was raised. This was almost £ 8,000 in excess of the budget – which is even more commendable considering the impact of the recession.


The CAKE project helps to provide assistance to the existing Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project at Maluti Adventist Hospital in Lesotho, a land-locked country surrounded by South Africa. This OVC project has recently been renamed ‘Bana Ba Rona’ (meaning ‘Our Children’).


CAP sent out GBP6000 in September 2006 which translated at the time into approximately R70,000 (South African Rand) after bank charges have been taken into account (approx R12 = GBP1). This money has been used as follows:



1 Ntate Ntsapi, field worker for the Needs Assessment Program, annual salary R 12,000
2 Travel costs for Mr Ntsapi (average R 160/month for 12 months) R 1,920
3 Travel costs for other workers related to the Needs Assessment Program R 1,200
4 Foster care, 4 children R 22,800
5 House repairs for orphans R 4,460
6 School uniforms and supplies for 34 orphans R 13,600
7 Emergency food supplies R 2,500
8 Free medical care for orphans, contribution to general fund R 10,000
TOTAL R 68,400
  1. Mr Ntsapi has been employed full time as a field worker in the ‘Needs Assessment Program’. One of the many problems faced by Bana Ba Rona is assessing the needs of the almost 5,000 orphans in the area.
  2. Travel costs for Mr Ntsapi.
  3. Additional travel costs for other members of the ‘Needs Assessment Program’ team.
  4. Full foster care for four orphans. The four foster mothers are receiving R350/month (R4200pa) plus R120/month (R1440pa) for formula etc.
  5. We paid for some necessary repairs for an orphan-headed household.
  6. These 34 orphans had no other means of getting access to educational supplies, approx R400 per orphan.
  7. Contributions to a generic fund run by Bana Ba Rona.
  8. The hospital has committed to providing free medical care for orphans. To help make this viable they put this amount in the Destitute Patients Fund. This fund relies entirely on donations from private donors. No large aid organisations give money to something as nebulous as this but it is a real and urgent need as two thirds of the hospital’s budget of R21 million must come from patient fees, the other third coming from the church (Which is in the process of phasing out their portion) and the government. If you take R25 as the average visit fee, this would cover 400 orphan visits. In reality there are over 3000 clinic visits by orphans charged to the DPF last year. This doesn’t take into account those who were admitted, which would up the costs significantly.

Neo's new familyI got these photos from Lyn Hurlow at Maluti last week. When we first started out the CAP projects Lyn sent us some photos of a number of the kids who congregated around the hospital. There was a shot of Neo, abandoned at 9 months and weighing only 3kg. Well, it seems that some of the CAKE money is now going to give Neo a new home. Here he is at some 15+ months. Left to right on the couch we have Mum, Neo, big sister (also an orphan), Dad and brother. At the back we have another big brother and the childminder.

Lyn writes that “the foster mothers of the 4 orphans who were living in the hospital’s paediatric ward are each receiving R350/month. And the baby’s “mom” gets an extra R120/month for infant formula and soap for nappies”. FYI R350 is about GBP25.  A snip and a bargain…

More pics…

Neo and MumThe whole family, cows and allDad and kid