Kenyan church volunteers help prepare for Gathimba Edwards Foundation’s October mission

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Volunteers from the Abundant Blessings Church Mens Fellowship Group. Photo: Facebook/GathimbaEdwardsFoundation

Last month, Aberdeen based Kenyan charity Gathimba Edwards Foundation (GEF) were helped by the Abundant Blessings Church Mens Fellowship Group who spent 12 hours fencing the acre of land where volunteers will build four houses this October.

During the previous two volunteer trips in 2015 and 2016, forty-five homes for children were built.

GEF’s next trip will run from 7th to 19th October and see volunteers build two new homes for two families Karatina.

The family of six pictured below have been through some very tough times. They live in a broken wooden shed in Nyeri. Despite son James scored very impressive primary school marks of 352/500, he couldn’t start secondary school in January last year due to lack of £140.

With his dream of becoming a neuro surgeon in jeopardy, he decided he wanted to try and commit suicide, but he was convinced not to by GEF staff and a local counsellor.

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This family of 6 live in a broken wooden shed in Nyeri. Photo: Gathimba Edwards Foundation

Thanks to kind sponsorship from Alan Esson, James is now in secondary school and is determined to change his family’s life for the better.

His brother Stephen fell of the back of a moving pick-up truck in 2013 and spent a month in a coma. With hospital fees impossibly high, neighbours joined together to pay some and the rest was paid by the local area administration. He has now fully recovered and is hoping to go back to school.

Twin girls Faith and Ann are currently in nursery thanks to support from Ian Jaffrey and David Muchangi.  According to the charity, they never stop smiling despite living in dire conditions.  Paul is also back in school thanks to sponsorship from Claire Barrie and Chris Hanton as part of the #12days12futures campaign in December 2016.

In the family pictured second below, Humphrey scored very high primary school marks but was sent home from Form 2 of secondary school due to a lack of fees and looked likely to be unable to complete his education.

The family live just outside Karatina and share a single room house which only has space for one bed and a small table. Mum Lucy shares the single bed each night with little Fidelis and her sisters Phoeby and Ivy whilst Humphrey and his 14 year old brother Gibson have to stay at a friend’s house due to the lack of space.

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Despite scoring highly at primary school, Humphrey had been sent home from secondary school due to a lack of fees. Photo: Gathimba Edwards Foundation

The family had lived with their grandparents until sadly they both passed away. Their uncles then refused to let them stay in the family home or support them in any way, leaving them homeless until a kind landlord decided to temporarily give them a small house.

Earning £1.50 at most each day working long hours on a farm makes it virtually impossible for Lucy to pay school fees – especially Humphrey and Gibson’s £500 a year secondary fees – or to ensure that they are all eating regular meals.

However, thanks to support from sponsors, all five children are now in full time education and eating regular meals. Humphrey recently completed secondary school and scored an impressive B- which will see him start university this year. The charity will seen be helping Lucy start her own business.

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The Abundant Blessings Church Mens Fellowship Group hard at work. Photo: Facecook/GathimbaEdwardsFoundation

If you would like to donate towards the land and building material costs, you can do so through the fundraising page of volunteer Project Manager Darren Cocker,who will be making his third trip to Kenya to oversee the building works.

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