May 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends

Thank you so much to the 98 friends who came to the Dinner/Dance on Saturday at the Aztec Hotel. We had a wonderful evening, and raised more than £3,000 for the Trust with which we shall open a Bursary Fund for the children who will need support when they go to Secondary School next year. We had friends from Norfolk, Suffolk, Wiltshire, Sussex, Kent, Somerset, Devon and Gloucestershire, as well as folk from the Bristol area. Many were medics and nurses, and we are grateful to them for their enthusiasm and support.

Picture 1Paul was in Kenya just over a week ago, and when he returned he felt that the economic situation would probably get much worse. The supply of maize was running out, and the price per kilo was rising daily. The rains were now coming in heavy bursts, and with no infrastructure to hold the water the peoples` plight was steadily deteriorating. Yesterday and today have proved him right. It is, quite honestly, devastating. There are now flash floods across the district and the poor peoples` homes are just being washed away. Overnight many have lost their lives. We have a picture of three young children of a family of six, all of whom drowned overnight (although we don’t feel we can share this with you). A young lad was washed away on his way to school. He has still not been found. We have photos of the main road, or rather where the road used to be; a car overturned and was swallowed up by the torrents. A family of 5 perished in it. These cases are just the tip of the iceberg and things are likely to get worse by the day as more deluges come.

Picture 2As well as the obvious need for many of somewhere to live, this will probably lead to many water-borne diseases – cholera and typhoid in particular – becoming rife in the weeks to come. This is also the malaria season, and there will be little protection from the mosquito’s. The villagers had just started to plant maize, but now it has all been washed away. Their houses are made of mud, wood and stone and so they too are just disintegrating. It would be unwise for me to comment on the political situation in Kenya, but suffice it to say that at present the politicians are doing nothing to help. This after all is Election year.

We will add some pictures for you, and if you feel you can help us to aid this terrible situation, we will send out your money to provide food, and shelter.

At present our school still stands, though there could be damage to our long drop toilets which will need to be addressed in the coming weeks.

If you would like to do so through our Website, using My Donate, please mark it `Flood Disaster`. Alternatively, please send gifts to me, and I will make sure that the money gets out there as quickly as possible.

With very many thanks – we remain – sincerely yours,

Paul and Pearl Walker.

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