Kenyan children helped by Somerset Salvation Army
PUBLISHED: 20:00 08 October 2016
Two very different Somerset organisations have joined forces to help provide new medical services for children in an impoverished area of Africa.
Weston’s Salvation Army and staff at the Roadchef Service Station at Sedgemoor South teamed up to raise £4,580 to build a new dispensary at Shenoyi Primary School in Kenya.
The Salvation Army-run school seeks to improve the life of children who are all affected in some way by HIV and aids; many are orphans who are being cared for in the local community, but medication and other necessities are extremely limited.
Salvation Army Commissioner Kenneth Hodder said: “The people of western Kenya often have no access to medical care, and death by fully treatable conditions is distressingly common.
“The Shenoyi dispensary is one way in which we are attempting to do something about that. The money raised will have a lasting impact both upon our work and upon the lives of those whom we serve.”
Collections at Roadchef Sedgemoor South Service Station have also supported community work in Weston, where the Salvation Army provides weekly food parcels, a free cooked meal to struggling families during winter months, and other assistance schemes, including the provision of Christmas toys and gifts for needy children and families.