The results of fundraiser Abi Lyall’s three peaks challenge in August have been realised in Kenya with the official opening of the house paid for by sponsors of her mammoth feat.
Starting on 12 August, Abi climbed 11,000 ft (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) and cycled 450 miles after being inspired to help a Kenyan family during a trip to the country with Scottish charity Gathimba Edwards Foundation.
Abi was moved to act after meeting 15-year-old Esther and 17-year-old Emmanuel, a brother and sister who live with their parents. Esther wants to be a doctor and her brother would like to become a mechanical engineer.
Unfortunately their father is HIV positive and they struggle with day to day living and the cost of going to school. In their basic home, Esther had to sleep on a mud floor at the foot of her parents broken bed while Emmanuel slept in a mud hut with holes in the roof and walls.
They rarely managed three meals a day and what they had to eat was just enough to survive.
Despite all these challenges, they have both managed to achieve good grades at school.
However, on Wednesday, a new chapter began in their lives thanks to Abi and the Gathimba Edwards Foundation with the official house opening ceremony for siblings’ new home.
Kenyan athlete Wilson Kipsang, who highlighted the plight of the family to the charity and personally supported the construction of the building, performed the opening ceremony.
The hard work and generous donations which have supported this project will have a life changing effect of these two inspirational children.