Worle volunteers expect difficult visit to Kenya as failed crops are causing severe hunger

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 May 2018

Brian Humphreys hopes to reduce poverty in Kenya.

Brian Humphreys hopes to reduce poverty in Kenya.

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The Worle founder of a charity helping poverty-stricken children attend school will soon be visiting Kenya again.

June Ford, Mark Storey, Brian Humphreys, and Paul Gill.June Ford, Mark Storey, Brian Humphreys, and Paul Gill.

Brian Humphreys founded the Kenya Hope Charity last year to help 95 of the poorest children in the villages he and other volunteers visit.

Brian will be joined by June Ford, Mark Storey and Paul Gill on the latest trip.

MORE: Charity launched by Worle man to support poverty-stricken children.

He said: “I am battle-hardened to working with the desperately poor and Paul who came with me last year knows what to expect, but June and Mark will find it more difficult.

Kenyan children. Picture: Brian HumphreysKenyan children. Picture: Brian Humphreys

“We are visiting at a time of severe hunger because the rains never came at the right time and crops have failed.

“Because we believe education is a way out of poverty, we will be helping to support around 30 schools which are in a poor state of repair.

“In Kenya, poor children are continually sent home when they lack money for school fees and many never finish school.

“Other children struggle through the system by repeating years, and find themselves in classes with much younger children.

An example of school toilets in Kenya. Picture: Brian HumphreysAn example of school toilets in Kenya. Picture: Brian Humphreys

“It is not uncommon to find a seven-year-old still at nursery school, or a child aged 20 still trying to complete secondary school.

“We will be visiting the homes of all 95 of these needy children, many of whom live with crippled grandmothers in semi-derelict huts with leaky roofs. Many are total orphans and many are living with HIV/Aids.

“Where a hut has collapsed, a new one only costs £500 to build, and leaky roofs can be repaired for £250.”

The charity is holding a sponsored walk or cycle ride along the Strawberry Line, on Saturday.

Brian said: “Our target is £1,000. This will allow us to rebuild huts, repair roofs, and help to improve schools.

“All volunteers to Kenya pay their own travel costs, so every penny raised will be used to give hope to the poor.”

The walk and ride will start at 10am the Strawberry Line Café in Station Road, in Yatton.

Sponsorship forms are available from Brian on 01934 520587 or brianandirene@sky.com

The charity is sponsoring 25 of the 95 children, who go to school with new uniforms, books and a daily meal.

To sponsor a child, log on to www.kenyahopecharity.org

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