Location: Nairobi, East Africa
In 2006 local Lennox Head pharmacist, Rob Blackburn, approached AFO on behalf of 48 pharmacies between Grafton and Tweed Heads with the goal of supporting an overseas aid project.
AFO had been contacted by Mbagathi Farm School, located on the edge of Nairobi National Park, with the hope of gaining funding for a building for boarding students. This new accommodation would allow them to increase the number of places they currently provided for orphaned and disadvantaged students as their current infrastructure was no longer big enough.
In July 2007 this building, thanks to the generosity of this pharmacist group, has been successfully completed. Twenty eight girls (with space for up to forty) now have a safe, comfortable, supported environment in which to live and allow them to attend school.
Janelle Gibson, one of AFO’s committee members, returned from 6months in Kenya and brought back many photos and thankyou cards from the children to express their gratitude and delight in their new home.
“The boarding children are supported by wonderful, African boarding mothers. They now have fresh, spacious new rooms to live in and a bright big common room to play, do crafts and complete their homework. The potential of these children, now that they have received this support, is amazing.”
For information about the work of this project visit the website.
Mission in Action – Nakuru Baby Orphanage was founded in 2004 by the Budulica Family from Australia.
The aim of Mission in Action is to make difference to people who are in some form of crisis with poverty, hunger or disease.
We at AFO were contacted by Mission in Action because they needed help with building a preschool for their beautiful babies who were growing up.
Steve and Sue and Janelle Gibson, visited MIA in April 2008 and met the kids (70 of them), Ivan and Mary and the staff and were very impressed with the work they are doing, not only for the children they care for but also for the local community.
AFO were very proud to fund part of the preschool for MIA.
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