You may recall the photo of the Meru St Stephen's kindergarten kitchen in the Spring magazine? Thanks to funding sent from our church, our overseas partners will replace this ramshackle fire risk with a better and safer kitchen. This project also benefitted from the money raised at my April fundraising Meru lunch which was attended by 43 friends including members of our congregation.
You may have read in The Courier in June that the support of St Stephen's and West has enabled 100 Kenyan children to have a kindergarten education. Now they have another supporter, Bartie of Sole Body Soul, a local podiatrist who has adopted the Dundee Meru partnership as their overseas charity.
Grove Academy continue to support a stall at our church fairs and feel very welcome.
On behalf of Rev Elijah Mwrigi and the Meru congregation, thank you for your ongoing support. Sheila McLuckie
Since fundraising began in 2009 we have worked with the Meru community to improve the lives and educational opportunities of local children in Kenya.
The St Stephen's kindergarten now has 68 pupils and 6 teachers. There is a baby class, a nursery class, a pre-unit class and standards 1, 2 & 3. Although the local congregation raised enough to buy the land to meet the requirement of the education board, the building needs two more levels to accommodate local children. Funding would also help provide teaching materials.
Limbene primary school has a new classroom for 60 children and latrines for all pupils. The remainder of the funds we have raised so far are being used to improve the water supply so that hand-washing facilities can be installed. It is hoped that existing classrooms can be renovated at least to weatherproof standard. They have done so well with funds raised, but there is a recognition that good preventative hygiene relies on clean hands as well as toilets.
The Meru community are very appreciative of the support of all members of the Dundee/Meru partnership - St Stephen's & West, St Bride's, Grove Academy, St Mary's primary, Dundee Soroptimists and Sole to Soul.
The senior girls from Grove raised £65 at the September Fair to support education in Meru from the sale of recycled jewellery made by the boys of Meru HS. It is a pleasure to see young people participating in our fairs and they are keen to attend the Christmas Fair. Our own Sunday School pupils, Ewan and Rachel, did a sterling job, encouraging attendees to guess the name of Hector, the highland cow. Over £100 was raised for Meru that day, no doubt helped by the thoughtful placing of the young people's stall.
The Meru plate at 'cuppa' time is a steady fundraiser. Grateful thanks to all of you who recognise the importance of welcoming young people to the community of St Stephen's & West and extending our Christian concern to a Kenyan community, so many miles away from our own experience of a life lived in beautiful Droughty Ferry. Sheila McLuckie