Kenyan aid update

A CHARITY organiser has provided an update on how money from north Northumberland residents is transforming the lives of those living in a Kenyan slum.

Last year Sue Burston, from Wooler, travelled to Nairobi to see the slums, one of which – Matopeni – was the focus of last year’s Christian Aid Week.

Mrs Burston said: “In July 2010 work began. By December five feeder channels and a main drain carried sewage away from the settlement for the first time.

“The community’s own commitment has been integral to this work. Hosiah Maina Njogu is a mason and a resident of Matopeni. He is the foreman for the project and other labourers have been recruited from the community.

“They work hard because they have a vested interest and they learn skills and they earn an income. Hosiah says ‘Our motto is to make sure we develop among ourselves.’”

The drains are now complete, taps and clean water have been brought to the settlement and a sanitation block has been built, allowing residents privacy.

Mrs Burston thanked everybody for their generosity in giving to this cause and asked that residents continue this year for Christian Aid Week which takes place between May 15 and 21.

The Christian Aid charity shop in Wooler High Street needs unwanted goods to sell during the week, anything from large furniture to small bric a brac. Contact Sue at Wooler Rectory on 01668 281551.