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Mossley couple’s mission to help poverty-stricken of Kenya
Wednesday 18th December 2013 @ 16:55 by Mark Phillip
Community

Kenya

 

A Mossley couple have launched their latest campaign as they continue to help poverty-
stricken children in Kenya.

It was in 2011 that Paul and Gayle Woods were on holiday in Mombasa, Kenya, when they saw first hand  children living in the streets.

They were so moved by what they saw that they set up a charity called Gap Kenya, and two years on they have found themselves living in the African national almost full-time.
Gap Kenya has now launched its Change for a Fiver campaign in which they are trying to find 130 individuals to donate £5 a month.

This will help to fund the running of one of the charity’s centre.

The centre’s costs come in at around £650 per month, so meeting their aim would help it to continue its work.

The charity, based in Mombasa, works to rescue children who live on the streets and dumpsites in the city.

Street children live off scraps of mouldy food, are sometimes forced into prostitution and sleep in fields with no shelter and no-one to care or speak out for them.

Paul and Gayle made the permanent move to Kenya in April of this year.

Their project now consists of three different programmes which work together to rescue and nurture the children. It includes:

• A feeding programme where they make weekly visits
to three different slums and dumpsites to feed the children.

• A family home where 10 children are looked after by carefully chosen nurture parents. The children are in essence fostered in a loving, caring Christian environment and are educated in local private schools to give them the best chance.

• The Stepping Stones Day Care Centre, where children can go on a daily basis. They receive two meals each day, are able to shower and wash their clothes, play sports and other recreational activities.

Paul said: “It is not only child-
ren who live like this, teenagers, young adults and older people all live on the streets and on the rubbish dumps.

“We are willing to help anyone, irrespective of their age, gender or religion. We call these people survivors because this is the term they use for themselves.”

To take part in the Change for a Fiver campaign or find out more visit www.gapkenya.com.