2016 Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club were interested in using a new type of spectacles which were were self adjusting, and therefore would not need the services of an optician. THese were not quite ready on our departure, so Jim decided, with the help of Ruth an Optician from York Rotary club, to run some eye testing clinics to test the need for spectacles ,and problems in eye health care in Kenya. Ruth kindly gave Jim 160 pairs of recycled and graded spectacles. The three clinics Jim ran showed a great demand as spectacles were too pricey for most Kenyans. In other words, many people from age 30 onwards were unable to read, sew and do fine work,clearly interfering with their ability to earn a living.
One of the sessions was held in a very poor area, where most of the people had never been to school and so did not speak any English. A translator therefore had to be used to make testing possible. Rosemary used her limited kiswahili to give out the appropriate spectacles.
All recipients were delighted!
New Orphanage Project - Harry Rosie Care Centre
In 2013, the headmaster of our school Mr. Harrison Kamere, expressed his serious concern regarding the predicament of orphans in the district. He had had a general concern for many years, but this had come to a head when two of his own pupils had lost their parents, grandparents, and other near relatives. In particular, one boy who had been noted to be absent from school, was found living ‘rough’ in the bush.
There are some orphanages in the area, needed because of the high death rate of parents, as a result of the high prevalence of illnesses such as Aids, TB and malaria . Many of these are run by European charities and are not 'African' according to Harrison. The children are living in a European environment and not learning skills to survive in the harsh environment outside once they are adults.
Harrison and a few like minded friends got together and with help from us formulated the idea to build an orphanage with workshops, animals and areas to grow food. The children would go to local schools and learn trades such as animal husbandry and agriculture. See section on 'orphanage' for updates.
The land The water tower over the well
Our Charity - Our Mission
We are a small group of people who have formed a registered charity to help others to achieve the things which we take for granted, education for our children, a healthy environment and the opportunity to get on in life.
Rosemary and Jim, Mike and Dilys, the founders of the charity live in the village of Emley in West Yorkshire.
Our work is concentrated in Msambweni a small town south of Mombasa on the Kenyan coast of Africa.
The aims of our charity are :-
To advance education of school children by funding educational resources, buildings, furniture and equipment.
To advance education and training of disadvantaged children by financial sponsorship.
The relief of sickness and the preservation of health.
- To advance health, skills and education of orphans by funding educational resources, buildings and equipment in an orphanage.
On the following pages we will tell you about the work we have done and the plans we have for the future.
Please contact us if you would like to learn more or assist us in any way with fund raising and sponsorship.
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How You Can Help
There are many ways you can help and below are a few examples of sponsorships.
If you wish to enquire about sponsorship please click on this link and you will be taken to our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you.
Costs £175 per annum, pays for school, books, transport and food.
You will receive annually a photo of the child, a personal letter, progress report and school newsletter.
£30 buys a double desk, and will be inscribed as you choose.
eg ‘donated by…………………………….’
‘in memory of…………………………..’
Mosquito Net sponsorship
Each impregnated net costs £8. 2 nets costs £16 and protects 1 family, 5 nets cost £40 and protects 2 families.
A photograph of the installed net and family is supplied.
£30 buys milk for 1 child for 1 year.
You will receive details and a photo of the child you are sponsoring.
You can sponsor a child at the Breakfast Club for just £30 a year, this ensures the child starts every school day with a nourishing meal.
You can sponsor the building of a workshop or accomodation block at the moment and in the future a child.
Library and Computer Room
The children were magnificent in their efforts to help us complete the building and decoration of a library and computer room. The shelving is now being installed and we have many boxes of books ready to be displayed and for the children to read.
We were very fortunate to have funding from The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix to enable us to partition off one end of the library and make a secure room for the installation of desks and computers. This will be an excellent addition to our teaching aids allowing the children direct contact with the big wide world. We are very grateful to the Rotary Club for funding the computers and desks and for their continuing support in many ways.
The Library. We sent out 10 boxes of books out to Kenya via DHL and covered and catalogued them
The original shelves were not moveable so they were reduced and fitted with wheels. The library can now be used for meetings and community events when it rains.