February 2007, I returned to Kenya, sadly without Susan (family commitments prevented her return that year) my trip overshadowed somewhat by Fr D’Ag’s demise. However the joy of being able to present Sr Mary with a cheque for £21000, the amount needed for three houses, made all the hard work worthwhile. Only £7000 to go now!
I spent time in the clinics and saw that our equipment donated last year was working and working well. The slums do not improve although the Kibaki government has made a significant difference in that they have built lots of blocks of flats on the periphery. They also now provide free schooling supposing you have shoes and a uniform that is and free medicines (not ARV’s) for children under twelve. A huge step forward.
A three day stay in the Village was an eye opener, what an amazing place. Already lots of clusters had been built and a school, training centres, community hall, medical centre and even a police station. The only thing missing were shops but this is deliberate as our villagers are to be encouraged to start their own businesses. A working farm and a whole system of sand dams and shallow wells are in place. My club donated enough money for the first drip feed irrigation system and a solar pump which gives 4000 litres of free water per day.