December 2013 was a new year for a new mission to restructure the set up of the YoYo Centre with, with Eric Ho, James Gaffney and Todd Wearn.
We had learnt from our previous missions that the land was not secure enough, leading to lots of theft and abuse, there was a lack of support from the local community and an increasing number of abandoned kids. To solve these issues we found a safer piece of land that was out of the mountains near Webuye town, and made plans to erect secure fencing around the land.
We then went out to speak to the local communities and the local church members to raise awareness and ask for their moral and physical support. We had already set up an orphanage and a school (teaching kids from class 1-8, from 3 year olds to 16) and this lead to an influx of orphans.
From the initial 63 kids that we had the capacity to cater for, our numbers rose to 243 kids. This created huge problems in funding support in space, enough vegetation, the quality of education was compromised, and increased stress for our YoYo teachers and caretakers. We had to go back to the drawing board.