Helping the families of Gioto escape poverty


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Posted by Hannah McCann on August 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gioto Project is now on twitter! Finally getting with the times.



Posted by Hannah McCann on August 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Friday 14th September sees the next big fundraiser for the project. 

After 2 incredibly successful smaller events organised by the most wonderful Daniel Payne, I am happy to welcome Coleen McColon and Rhoda Lott back to Barrow's stage.

This event holds a few more surprises than last time .... watch this space for details.

Happy New Year!

Posted by Hannah McCann on January 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a special dedication to every single one of you that have donated money over the last 12 months. We raised more than I ever thought possible and the children really benefited as a result.

I wish all our supporters the most prosperous of years and wish you well for the year ahead. Your generosity is, as always, the most inspiring and motivation factor and pushes each of us involved in the project to work harder than ever.

We have a busy year ahead with lots of new and exciting ideas to enjoy watching come to fruition. I look forward to your support and encouragement along the way.

Having returned from Kenya just before Christmas, I can promise you that the children are all doing extremely well. They were all eager to show me their report cards, all of them showing promise and potential. There were some kids that I know can do better, but they assure me that they will work extra hard this year to make sure their grades reflect their potential.

We made 600 christmas bags for all the children, not only in Gioto but also in a local IDP camp. These went down a treat! Each bag contained a toy (masks, recorders, coloured pencils and paper, toy car etc) a bag of crisps, sweets, lollipops and biscuits (not the most healthy but the kids loved it!) They spent all afternoon playing with their toys and thanking everyone.

We took 50 of the younger children to Lake Nakuru for the day. Lake Nakuru is a local national safari park. We hired three vans and spent the entire day driving round looking for animals. As it was the first time many of the children had left the slums, their enjoyment was obvious. We saw zebras, giraffes, baboons and even lions! (Although poor Mary had her shoe stolen by a baboon ... ) We made each child a picnic lunch and ate it in the park - unfortunately we didn't get to eat anything - all our time was spent chasing away hungry baboons, and they were angry!

The children have been bought new shoes and replacement uniforms. All the fees for the next school year have been paid and the children start back today.

The trip was a huge success but there is still a very long way to go. There are still problems and obstacles we need to overcome in order to provide these people with the things they need. BUT, rest assured myself and the other volunteers and working hard with each other to tackle these obstacles and make sure the project not only survives, but grows and develops, reflective of the hard work we have put in.

There are not enough words to thank you all enough for the work you have all put in these past twelve months. Thankyou for everything you have all done. Your support is uplifting and I only wish I could express the thanks the children send to you all. It is because of all of you, that these children thoroughly enjoyed their christmas time.

So again, from myself, the other volunteers and every child and family in Gioto ...

Happy New Year!

Here's to an even better, more productive and positive 2012.


Christmas cards

Posted by Hannah McCann on December 5, 2011 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

There are two branches to this post relating to christmas cards. The first is an idea to raise money.

Christmas cards. Lining the pockets of mass card manufactures since the beginning of time. Cluttering up the house and ending up in the bin. All the writing and sealing, never mind the cost of stamps these days. All in all, I find the concept of christmas cards to be a pretty pointless and expensive process. Why not use the money you were going to spend on cards and stamps and donate it to the project. Wouldn't it be nice if the money went to someone that appreciated it, rather than a small card that would gather dust for one month and then get thrown in the bin.

Instead of sending a card this year, send the money to the children of Gioto instead. Your friends and family will understand, maybe even approve and do the same, thus saving time writing the cards out, saving from a lot of paper waste, keeping hungry children alive AND think how happy you would make the postman. Everyone is a winner!

Secondly, I would like to give a huge thankyou to my Grandma. She has hand stiched and sold 300 cards with all proceeds going to the project. This has made a huge difference and my endless appreciation goes out to her. Thanks Nannie!

Friends around the world

Posted by Hannah McCann on November 30, 2011 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

It's always lovely to receive letters and donations from outside the UK. It shows that hard work is paying off and that people all over and sitting up and taking notice of the unfairness our world faces in modern day. After receiving a cheque from Mr Penwarden (Canada) today I would like to extend my further thanks for himself and his company, along with everyone else around the world that have donated to this cause.

You are truly remarkable people.


Posted by Hannah McCann on November 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Huge thankyou to everyone that attended last nights charity event in aid of the project. A massive £1,000 was raised through ticket sales, raffles and donations.

I am struggling to believe how well the night went and how people can be so generous. This is incredible and I cannot thank everyone that was involved enough.

You all inspire me to work harder and push for more.


The kindness of strangers

Posted by Hannah McCann on November 8, 2011 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)
There's a lot to be said about the kindness of strangers.
Having been running this project now for almost 9 months, it never fails to surprise me when people open their hearts and their wallets to a cause such as this. Many people that have donated, do not know me. A large percentage have never even met me. But each person has had the trust and the generosity enough to give to people who need it the most.
To anyone who has donated - stranger or friend - My sincerest thanks go out to you.
I am beyond grateful. I am beyond overwhelmed.
The entire experience has been incredible and I have learned more than I imagined.
Flights are booked - land in Nairobi on 7th December.
Thanks all!

quiet few months

Posted by Hannah McCann on August 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello all.

Apologies for not updating the site sooner but it has been a quiet few months on the project front.

With Ross returning from Gioto recently I am excited to have a catch up with him regarding recent developments on a new project. Ross' visit to Gioto saw some donations money going on the purchase of sewing machines for the women of the slum, encouraging independance and self-supported income. 

Watch out for an update with Ross!

I am glad he had an amazing time out there (again) and thankful for his safe return. Ross continues to make a massive impact over in Kenya, continually dedicating his time to those that need it. I am very lucky to be involved with a group of volunteers so kind hearted and dedicated. 


Posted by Hannah McCann on June 8, 2011 at 8:24 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello friends of Gioto.

Unfortunately, as you may know, we recently waved goodbye to the dream of winning the £5,000 co-op revolution prize. We did however finish a respectable second and have acheived more press and awareness as a result of the campaign.

Teaching will continue with Dowdales school in order to allow the children of the UK to explore and learn how children in Kenya live

Over £1,000 has been raised!

Ross is currently in Kenya and will be updating me on slum matters as soon as possible. Unfortunately for Ross the slum seems quiet - this is good news though - it means the kids are in school!

Rotary clubs

Posted by Hannah McCann on May 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM Comments comments (0)

Huge thankyou to both Furness and Kendal rotary clubs for their generous reception.

Having just finished a presentation for Kendal, I would like to dedicate this post to both clubs for their amazing hospitality.

Thankyou FURNESS and thankyou KENDAL ROTARY CLUBS for your wonderful support. I can promise that the donations you have made will make a huge difference to the lives of many families living in Gioto.

I have been overwhelmed by your generosity and I hope you will have me back to update you all on the progress made.

From myself, the other volunteers and all of the gioto residents, sincere thanks.


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