Jill’s adventures at Kitui project

Arbroath Rotarian Jill Kerr and Bob Thomson of the Rotary Club of Perth-Kinnoull pictured with orphan Gift.

Arbroath Rotarian Jill Kerr and Bob Thomson of the Rotary Club of Perth-Kinnoull pictured with orphan Gift.

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Arbroath Rotarian Jill Kerr gave a graphic account of two weeks spent in Kenya earlier in the year as part of the Nyumbani Scotland team.

At Thursday’s meeting in the Meadowbank she explained that the visit had been masterminded by Alison Stedman, a trustee of the charity and also a member of the Arbroath Rotary Club.

Jill was delighted to welcome her special guest, Bob Thomson, who had also been part of the team. She referred to a selection of photographs, some taken by Alison, some by Bob and some by Jill herself, which had been displayed for members to peruse during the evening.

She talked of her thrill at being part of the building project in the purpose-built self-sustaining village for HIV/AIDS orphans in Kitui. The team had built 12 shelters for the children’s carers, the ‘grannies’ or ‘grandads’, to enable them to cook under shelter outdoors.

The middle weekend of the fortnight, she said, had been spent on safari in the Masai Mara, very close to the Tanzanian border.

The second week of the expedition had been spent in the project’s home for HIV/AIDS orphans in Nairobi itself. Members of the team had undertaken many tasks.

To finish the talk, volunteers were requested to try out typical Kenyan garb such as the kangas worn by women and the traditional dress of Masai warriors. For more information about Nyumbani Scotland, see the website at Nyumbani Scotland.org.uk