Charity launched by Worle man to support poverty-stricken children

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 November 2017

Brian Humphreys hopes to reduce poverty in Kenya.

Brian Humphreys hopes to reduce poverty in Kenya.

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'Education is the best way out of poverty', according to a Worle man who has created a charity to help some of the neediest children in the world.

Brian Humphreys has founded the Kenya Hope Charity with the hope of tackling crippling poverty in East Africa which means children are struggling to complete their education.

The humanitarian, who has visited Kenya nine times in the past 11 years, has taken his efforts to support youngsters from the poverty-ridden nation to another level by creating a sponsorship scheme which will launch this weekend.

The programme hopes to support children through their studies, and Mr Humphreys believes education is the key to unlocking children from the chains of poverty.

He told the Mercury: “Our programme begins with 95 of the neediest children from more than 25 of the poorest village schools.

“Many of these children are sent home through lack of school fees. Some are seven years old and still at nursery school, some 20-year-olds are still trying to finish secondary school.”

The charity was first formed in June, when Mr Humphreys travelled to Kenya help the poor residents of the Ulumbi, for whom he and his team members bought a cow.

While he was there, he met with local leaders to formulate a plan for a sponsorship programme which will be launched at Locking Castle Church, in Jasmine Way, on Saturday at 7pm.

The free-to-enter event will feature an African band and the sale of authentic Kenyan crafts.

“We believe that education is the best way out of poverty,” said Mr Humphreys.

“We need to give these children hope of a better future, and the cost is only £15 month to sponsor a child.

“After paying for school fees, books and uniforms, surplus money will be used to improve conditions at the poorest schools.”

Bridgwater youngster Freddy Vallender, aged four, who has had three heart surgeries and will travel to the United States in 2018 for a life-changing operation, will be the guest of honour at the charity launch.

For more information on the sponsorship scheme and the launch event, visit www.kenyahopecharity.org

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