Christmas comes early for villagers

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 December 2010

Bridget and Meshak

Bridget and Meshak

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CHRISTMAS has come early for the most vulnerable members of a Kenyan community.

During the St Georges Community Church’s aid mission to Kenya in October, the main concentration was to work with members of the Ulumbi village.

Josephine broke her leg in 2006 and for the past four years has dragged herself around on her backside.

Ronaldo, aged 12, is crippled for life and already too heavy for his mother to lift.

Thanks to the support from Weston residents, two wheelchairs are on the way on a container, due to arrive in mid-December for the pair.

Pictured is Bridget, who is blind, and Meshak her husband.

Both are nearly 70 years old and they live in a run-down house with no water and no toilet in Ulumbi.

When the group went to Kenya from St Georges they arranged for three local youths to dig them a pit-latrine and they bought and installed a water tank to catch rainwater from their tin roof, which will provide water for washing, cooking and drinking when Meshak cannot walk the two miles to a fresh water source.

Brian Humphreys, of the mission, said: “Unbelievably, we found a nursery school of 82 children where only 72 are fed at dinnertime because the parents of the other 10 were too poor to support the food programme.

“I cannot imagine the pain of a hungry child watching other children eat.

“We have now arranged to buy a sack of maize at the start of each term to ensure all children are fed.”

Details of the work in Kenya can be viewed at www.brian-humphreys.co.uk

Anyone interested in joining next year’s mission can phone Brian on 01934 523864.

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