A couple who have supported a Kenyan slum school project for a couple of years have made their first visit to see what the children need.
For years Daphne and Paul Holmes have donated a percentage of the profits of their Woolpit business PH Pumps to the Doxa Project, which was set up in 2010 by Ben Ryan from Thurston.
Ben had visited Nakuru in Kenya and met a couple who ran a school for slum children in their home. The project has now opened two schools, St Monicah’s in the slums, for the little children, and Destiny which Ben opened in January for older children.
Daphne, who is now a trustee of the project, said: “Our visit was a fact finding exercise to see exactly how the schools were getting on and how we could help.
“Paul also looked at the sanitation problems and a project on a borehole to bottle water. We both helped in the schools during the lessons.”
Last year PH Pumps contributed to a minibus and they have also helped finance a motorbike for a member of staff he needs to travel around the area for his work.
The visit has made them decide the next thing the children need is some playground equipment.
“There’s nothing in the playgrounds,” Daphne said. “The schools are just in a field and the children are playing in the dirt. They’ve got these old tyres, and that’s it.
“One little girl had a cricket in a plastic bag and that was her ‘toy’.”
But she added: “The children are really well behaved and they really learn. In fact, the Kenyan people are lovely and friendly.”
She said parents with little money still took the effort to make sure their children were smartly turned out for school.
You can find out more about the Doxa Project and its work at www.thedoxaproject.org