Christmas 2018 was a wonderful celebration at Future Stars. Since the very beginning, Chaffinch has funded a Christmas party for the children of Future Stars – a way for them to escape the difficulties of life in the slum and have a day to celebrate and enjoy the day as children should.

 

Click here if you’d like to skip the multitude of photos and just see a summary video of the celebrations.

Christmas Eve

Preparations began on Christmas Eve when the children made some stars to hang around the hall. These were made with wooden craft sticks and glitter glue. Much fun was had creating the stars (and getting covered in glitter!)
Everyone from 6-year-olds Tashley and Eunike to 18-year-old John got involved.

Assembling the food

There was a lot of food to purchase and transport.
With 100 bottles of soda (Mountain Dew), 25kg of rice, 4kg of sugar, 13 chickens and 25kg of beef, plus lots more, it was a real team effort with all of the older children helping to carry items through Kibera and up the steep slope to the centre.

Christmas Day

On Christmas morning, the children arrived at the centre dressed in their best and ready to celebrate.

Breakfast time

There was breakfast for everyone – hot chai with bread and margarine. Of course, that’s a lot of mugs. Think of the washing-up, and that’s just from breakfast!
Some of the residential girls got involved, spreading margarine onto the slices from 13 loaves of bread!

Dancing

The children enjoyed plenty of music and dancing. John, an 18-year-old resident of Future Stars with an aptitude for anything electrical, was the DJ for the day and did an amazing job!

Preparing Christmas Dinner

There was a lot to do to prepare Christmas Dinner for over 100 children. From making chapati to peeling vegetables, the preparation started early. The charcoal-fuelled jiko stoves were lit and quickly became hot enough for cooking. One stove was used in the centre’s dining room (for chapati) and the other in the kitchen (for all of the remaining food)

Preparing Christmas Dinner

There was a lot to do to prepare Christmas Dinner for over 100 children. From making chapati to peeling vegetables, the preparation started early. The charcoal-fuelled jiko stoves were lit and quickly became hot enough for cooking. One stove was used in the centre’s dining room (for chapati) and the other in the kitchen (for all of the remaining food)

Cooking Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner included rice, chapati, vegetables, beef stew, and chicken.

To make Future Stars Christmas Chicken:
Cook the portioned chicken in oil with plenty of turmeric.
Add puréed garlic and ginger, chicken masala and soy sauce.
Briefly cook again to release the flavours.

Time to eat

Over 130 of Kibera’s vulnerable children enjoyed a proper Christmas Dinner. These are children who would otherwise go without a celebratory meal. Many would go without a meal altogether, even on this special day. Everyone enjoyed their food and there was even enough for seconds!

‘One More Card’

Chaffinch’s ‘One More Card’ campaign saw dozens of supporters writing extra Christmas cards for the children of Future Stars. We were able to send over 300 personally-addressed cards to show children that there are people who care.

REMEMBER: save this year’s Christmas cards so you can use them for the Christmas 2019 appeal!

‘Stars for Future Stars’

Chaffinch’s ‘Stars for Future Stars’ campaign produced 99 knitted and crocheted stars, lovingly made by Chaffinch supporters, in lots of pretty colours and all with a friendly smiling face!

At the end of the day, as the majority of the children (non-residential) began to return home before darkness fell, the stars were handed out and the children were so happy to receive their very own star to remind them that they can all be stars – they are true Future Stars.

 

‘Stars for Future Stars’

Chaffinch’s ‘Stars for Future Stars’ campaign produced 99 knitted and crocheted stars, lovingly made by Chaffinch supporters, in lots of pretty colours and all with a friendly smiling face!

At the end of the day, as the majority of the children (non-residential) began to return home before darkness fell, the stars were handed out and the children were so happy to receive their very own star to remind them that they can all be stars – they are true Future Stars.

 

A video summary of Christmas 2018 celebrations

Take a glimpse into the excitement with our 2:38 video.  Who doesn’t have 2:38 to spare for something as heartwarming as this.

 

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