"Our expedition teams have been giving back to the local people in many different ways since our first venture in 1999 when we started a public facility to give access to affordable healthcare for poorer families. We have continued to expand Baragu Health Centre ever since. Tharaka Nithi County now operate the hospital and employ 20 full time staff. Outpatients, Maternity, Mother and Child Health, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Dental Surgery and HIV/ Aids and TB Comprehensive Care Clinic. We have recently built a Children’s Ward and a Women’s Ward will be added soon. We also undertake maintenance tasks and improve the compound by planting trees.
Over 20 years we have built and renovated many school classrooms in our 20 primary and secondary schools that we have linked with Dorset schools through the British Council. We have also established new classes for Special Educational Needs children, many of whom were not attending school before we provided facilities. Our teams also assist the teachers with lessons such as Maths, English and I.T. in our four computer labs. A particular favourite is helping in the local nursery classes with the four and five year olds. Also memorable are the days spent with our own Donna Kelly SEN students. A class we started in 2011.
We have built 10 new houses for needy families and renovated/improved many others with kitchens and toilets/ washrooms.
Our one to one sponsoring programme for orphans or very needy children currently includes 230 students aged from three to 18 years. Each expedition team is tasked with clothes distribution and collection of letters and photos for the UK sponsors. Many of our team visit the homes of our supported children and they witness their difficult living conditions."
With this in mind, if anyone is thinking of replacing an old laptop at Christmas this year, or indeed replacing a mobile ‘phone, …. provided the data has been removed, and both are still in good working condition, we would very much appreciate your donations of these, as the laptops can be donated to the Head teachers of the school in Murugi and the mobile ‘phones can be refurbished and sold to help support the school projects over there. If you would like us to collect any, please do get in contact with us. Thank you in anticipation of your support with this.
Regarding our own fundraising efforts; we held a Christmas Prize Bingo in November, and we were very pleased to have anybody turn up as the weather conditions were so extreme! Thankfully the earlier power cut didn’t come down as far in the valley at Martinstown!! We are very grateful to you all, and of course, to Cedric who called out the numbers for us. THANK YOU! We are pleased to let you know that this raised £190. We would like to thank all those in the village who turned out on the evening, to those family members who helped prior to the event, those who helped on the evening and those who kindly turned up with raffle prizes, including the Brewers Arms for their continued support.
Finally, we would like to wish all readers of this publication and our most generous supporters and sponsors a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year, and look forward to seeing you at one of our events in 2019!
Thank you – Charlie & Archie