AID FOR KENYA
week ago it was just another container in a Somerset car park. Now
it’s an artwork bound for an African village ..
graffiti artists gave a final flourish and "Jambo Dabaso" (Hello
Dabaso) was spelt out on the roof of the container.
one side a map of the UK, a badger and an owl and on the other Africa
burning in a sunset.
container is the latest African aid project from Hutton Twinning
graffiti illustrates the tie of friendship between the North Somerset
village and Dabaso in Kenya.
challenge was to fill the container with aid.
spent two days with the Hutton team sanding and priming the container.
Everyone had a story about Kenya.
the last consignment arrived, no children have died from dehydration"|
local GP, Peter Maksimczyk explained how he’d run a daily clinic
from a mud hut.
we battled against rust he underlined the need for medicines.
just had a letter of thanks for the last consignment sent to Dabaso.
brushed and rubbed down, the container was ready for Keith Drinkwater’s
February Peter constructed a new medical centre for Dabaso.
Mark Orchard gives Tess some top tips on village aid|
built, and plastered out its a far cry from the mud hut where Dr.
Peter examined patients three years ago.
it needs cupboards. Builder and white van man Mark Orchard took
me to a local supplier.
been given a thousand pounds worth of kitchen units.
was the man who started this village to village aid programme five
years ago on a family holiday.
visited Dabaso and heard how the village was collecting money to
build a classroom, and learned that it would be ten years before
they had the funds.
persuaded four west country builders to return with him and build
home he suggested that Hutton should twin with Dabaso.
bound for Africa in the container|
against the counter at a builder’s merchant in Weston-super-Mare,
I couldn't help wondering whether all this activity was anything
more than a gesture?
we loaded the flat pack kitchen, World leaders were gathered at
the Global Summit in Johannesburg struggling for answers to the
divide between the World’s 'haves' and 'have Nots'.
said Mark, "They’re talking about it, we’re doing something."
only want to send good stuff," Mark told me. Driving back Mark listed
the donations they still needed; school books, a generator, gardening
tools, a computer, the list went on.
need your help
greater the response the quicker the container will be filled and
ready to go.
was one last question. Why
was so much effort going into covering the container with graffiti?
had the answer. He is concerned about corruption and the "Kenyan
10%", the cut Kenyan officials expect!
negotiated safe passage for the container but he wants it to stand
out, then if there is a problem "it can easily be spotted!"
Hutton Twinning Association
Hutton Post Office, Hutton, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 9QQ