Successful trip to support Nyumbani orphans


THREE Montrosians returned home at the weekend after a two-week trip to Kenya to deliver support and funds to help HIV+ orphans in the country.

Tracy Park, Alison Stedman and Jim Coull were part of a 13-strong team of Rotarians which visited the Nyumbani Home, near Nairobi, and its satellite projects at the end of February.

The team, consisting of eight from various parts of Scotland and five from the Reading area, completed a number of tasks required to make the smooth running of the home and its associated projects easier.

They were there on behalf of Nyumbani Scotland, a charity set up by Rotarians to raise funds and awareness of the plight of HIV+ orphans in Kenya.

Local team member Alison Stedman, who has been the driving force behind the charity, said the trip had been “very successful”.

She continued: “A very hot four-day stay in Nyumbani Village way into the bush east of Nairobi saw the guys and girls build 11 sun/rain shelters to make cooking easier for the grannies who cook outside in the traditional way.

“A rented building on the edge of Dagoretti slum was the scene of a great deal of carpentry and painting and the team there managed to partition one room into a three-room working clinic.

“Back in Nyumbani Home we engaged in tomato planting, manuring the vegetable patch, restocking, cleaning and pricing in the gift shop alongside cleaning, tidying and reorganising various places such as the library, stores and pharmacy.

“One particular joy was seeing the $110,000 Genetic Analyser which we funded along with our Irish friends working and certainly saving lives.”

This trip the charity also funded a block of four teachers’ bedsits in Nyumbani Village at a cost of £8,000, a £5,500 bio-safety cabinet for a new laboratory and £1,300 for tertiary education.

Mrs Stedman added: “Another joy was being feted by the little school in Mlolongo slum for which we lugged 13 bags of school uniforms from a charity in Fife. They provided complete uniforms for over 100 children plus toothpaste, brushes, washcloths, underwear and shoes.

“We really felt like royalty being VIP visitors and each class reciting poems singing songs and even doing a fashion show for us.

“All in all we had a highly successful trip with much good fellowship and lots of laughs.”

The charity’s next fund-raiser will be a coffee morning in the Old and St Andrew’s Church hall this Saturday (March 19) from 10am to 12 noon.