Dear Joanne and Friends at TIAS ARMS,

We greet you with warmth and immense gratitude in our hearts. When we look at HOKISA, at the children in our care, at the staff, and at our new Peace House, we know that it is your generosity that has made it all possible. The best news from HOKISA is that all the children are well and are all growing fast! I just had to take them off to buy new summer sandals. That was quite an undertaking, but fortunately the local shops all have a soft spot for our kids, which make such expeditions a lot of fun.

We have also installed bigger beds in the nursery, as the little ones have outgrown their cots and were trying to use them as racing and bumper cars while they were supposed to be having a mid-morning nap. They have very solid new beds now and some of our neighbors with babies were very happy to take the old cots off our hands.

Currently, we have started a program to keep the children busy during the school holidays, as daycare is often challenging for families. Among our volunteers there is a music teacher who does excellent work with the kids and now a dance teacher who provides a wonderfully energetic outlet for their exuberance. They love their dance classes on Friday afternoons in the youth hall of the new Peace House.

Many thanks to you all and may the peace and tranquility of the holiday season be with you and your families. With warm regards from the whole HOKISA Team,

Karin

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