Kenya Project UK is a small charity started because a couple of teenagers from Chandler’s Ford wanted to do something to help in a third world country.
Since then a group has gone out every 2 years and always includes some teenagers as it is a very valuable experience for young people.
In Kenya – helping street children and St Stephen’s children’s home
We support several establishments these days but originally began with street children and then St Stephen’s children’s home.
St Stephen’s children’s home takes in children from the streets of Embu and the surrounding area.
We also have a group that supports Utugi centre which takes in street boys and have had some input into Jomo Kenyatta home for the physically disabled.
Bore-hole project: clean water
St Stephen’s now have a clinic which we helped provide and a recent project was to provide the clinic with a bore-hole so that they now have a supply of clean water.
New 2014 / 2015 fundraising project at St Stephen’s
Each time we go we identify a need and then fundraise to meet that need. 2014/15 we have raised funds to build staff housing at St Stephen’s.
We then go out to see how the money has been used and we work at the various places, painting and doing minor repairs and generally keeping the places looking as good as we can.
We organise a party for the children and visit other places, taking gifts with us.
Our suitcases are full of gifts to Kenya
In fact our suitcases are full of gifts – stationery, medical supplies, toys, hats, etc. Anything we personally want to take with us goes in our hand-luggage!
Every penny we raise is spent in Kenya on the projects and on other needs we identify while we are there. If we can afford it, we buy school shoes for all the children as they are often barefoot or in flip-flops.
None is spent on admin, advertising or ourselves in any way. We pay for our own flights, accommodation and food.
What we believe
We believe in being personally involved in all the projects we support.
Although different people get involved and go out each time, there is a core of us who have been going for years and see the ongoing work being done with orphans and deprived children in the Embu area of Kenya.
It is a privilege and wonderful to see the way we can change the lives of these children, some of whom have gone on to university and good jobs.
Kenya Projects Uk – (Charity No. 1129255)
Open House @ 58 Peverells Wood Avenue for Kenya Project UK
Shirley is having an open house on Thursday 4th December, at 58 Peverells Wood Avenue SO53 2BS, from 10am to 10pm. All are welcome.