Bill and Lynn Morris from Ellesmere in Shropshire became involved in supporting schools in Kenya after a safari trip in October 2004. After the safari, they visited the Mkwakwani Primary School and promised the headmaster, Mr. Pofu, that they would raise funds for desks so that pupils would no longer have to sit on the floor.
Four years later, through the Kenyan Schools Project, over a thousand desks have been sponsored and many boxes of stationery have been delivered.
Support has also been given to the Huruma Children’s Home, an orphanage in Nairobi where over 150 children are being cared for. Some of the children there have HIV or AIDS, while others have been abused or abandoned by their parents.
Back home, regulars at the Morris’s local pub have donated a full kit to the orphanage’s football team. The lads now proudly wear the kit each game they play.
The project also provides supplies for the New Life Home baby orphanage in Nairobi where, back in April, Bill and Lynn met an Italian couple who were making arrangements to adopt two Kenyan babies to take back to Italy with them.
The centre has 54 cots but they have to keep four free in case the police bring in babies that have been abandoned because the parents are too young or cannot afford to care for them.
“We have had no end of people commenting on it.”
Bill and Lynn go to Kenya twice a year to keep up with all these projects and also to organise various fundraising events and activities. By the time the couple next go back, in November this year, The Ushirika School in Nairobi will have windows, so the dust will not be blowing in the children’s faces as they attend their lessons. Also, the Yeje School near Mombasa will have 160 new desks and an electricity supply – all paid for by the charity.
“The smiles on the children’s faces give us all the satisfaction that we need,” says Bill.
“Because we use the Smart car to publicise the charity, we thought it would be a good idea to change the number plate to match the initials, so we found T555 KSP. We have had no end of people commenting on it.”