At last weeks meeting of the Stonehaven Rotary Club, members were given an illustrated talk by Past President David Macdonald on his visit to Nyumbani Childrens Home in Kenya. Recently retired as head teacher at Arbroath Academy, David visited Nyumbani Home for two weeks in March of this year. The home which is some three hours outside Nairobi in Kenya was opened in 2006 by Father D’Agostino and Sister Mary Owens and provides shelter, medical and educational care for HIV+ orphans. It is the first and largest facility of it’s kind in Kenya.
Nyumbani Village where the home is located, is a model bio-friendly and self-sustaining community serving orphans and elders who have been left behind by the “lost generation” resulting from the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Among the many activities in which David took part and assisted with, he was given the opportunity to take a class in the school. However he said that his command of Swahili was not quite adequate enough to be able to teach the children! David illustrated his talk with many of the photos he took while there.
The vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Hugh Ramsay.
The Rotary Club works to make a difference at home and around the world, by raising money for worthwhile projects.
Projects undertaken recently by the Stonehaven Rotarians include a Young chef of the year award, young musician of the year award, raising money towards a kidney dialysis unit in Stonehaven and working to restore the Duthies Well at the harbour in Stonehaven.
The Stonehaven Rotary Club meet at the Station Hotel, Stonehaven, every Wednesday at 12.45pm for 1pm.