IT started with a holiday, a holiday to Africa that stirred the imagination and lead to a commitment to build an orphanage to share the burden of Kenya’s massive number of orphans.
But we are jumping ahead. It all started back in 2008 when Wayne and Pam Limbrick of Waaia, decided to travel on Safari to Tanzania, like all good ideas it soon took on its own energy as Wayne and Pam decided to take their daughter Jodie with them, then her boyfriend Anthony was invited and of course, Wayne and Pam’s son Dean wanted to go and his wife Kristy also joined in.
They all met up in Nairobi before heading to Tanzania for an eight day Safari. The 4×4 adventure took them to see the ‘big five;’ elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos.
Staying in luxury camps along the way, it was a great experience. The resorts they stayed in were great but not so much the villages they visited, where the poverty stood out. On the way home to Australia, Wayne and Pam decided they would like to make a contribution.
Wayne, a rotarian, knew that Rotary International had a number of projects in Africa; some 60 in all. Searching the website, he found the Umoja orphanage in Kenya. The project in its infancy was being run by an Aussie, Kathy Booth from Bundaberg in Queensland.
Wayne and Pam decided to get on-board and start fundraising. They came up with the idea of the Worlds Biggest Dinner Party and have run three of them to date, raising around $40,000.
Wayne and Pam have been back to Africa to help work on the project, constructing a perimeter fence around the 15 acre site, a brick fence around the compound, a cottage, cow shed, vegetable gardens and the first home to house 10 children and two carers. In all, there will be seven of these giving accommodation to 70 children.
The need is massive with AIDS taking its toll, leaving children homeless and even if a child gets sick and has to go to hospital the parents cannot afford to pay, so they often abandon the child.
It’s estimated that there are 1.4 million orphans in Kenya, but as Wayne says if you can change the life of just one child then you have made a contribution.
Each time that Wayne and Pam go back to work on the orphanage they also go on a safari. Recently they visited Tsavo near Mombasa, where they saw the ‘big five.’ The soil is red and so are the elephants of Tsavo but it’s a beautiful place with much to see.
On this trip they took with them two fellow rotarians from Numurkah, Kate Hodge a Veterinarian and Julie Andrews, a nurse from GV Health. While they were at Umoja, they managed to treat some 200 children for various conditions.
Wayne and Pam will be going back in 2017 and will take a team of eight to Umoja. If you feel you would like to help with a donation, you can do so to Umoja Orphanage, Kenya, BSB: 034 – 122, ACCOUNT NUMBER: 634138
Until next time,