Every year, the lives of thousands of Africans are ripped apart through illness and hardship, with many adults and children losing their lives to aids, poverty, poor housing and lack of sanitation and disease.
Education is the most important thing in helping the children of Kenya to get out of the poverty that they live in. CARA Projects is a scheme where Irish volunteers work alongside local builders to build orphanages and educational facilities in Kenya.
Through your help and support we can play some part in touching and rebuilding Africa and giving the people of Kenya a brighter future which they so greatly deserve.
Our mission is to build educational facilities and orphanages for young people in Kenya. We do this by bringing over volunteers from Ireland to work alongside local tradesmen, using local materials and resources.
Touching refers to keeping the common link with people. We want our volunteers to come and really feel a part of Africa.
Rebuilding refers to the building of establishments where Kenyan children can develop and grow and also to the building of hope and opportunities for these children and their communities.
“I want to go out and make a difference. No-one can change the world, but you can go out and change a little part of the world. “ (Paddy O’Connor)
This year for our 2012 project we have, to date, 22 volunteers.
As part of the project we plan to do some work on the local national school, Kibiko Primary. 60 of the children sponsored by Cara Projects sponsors attend this school. The school is run by a wonderful teacher Josephine but conditions in the school are bad. They have over 1000 pupils in a school that has no electricity. The classrooms are very basic with holes in the roof and mud floors. Last year our group of volunteers visited the school and really loved it. The children put on a display of masai dance for us. Our volunteers were so impressed with the school that each of them paid for a new school desk out of their own money. The desks cost €22 each. We plan to get electricity into the school, this will involve wiring the entire school. We also hope to do other maintenance work, possibly put in floors in the classrooms and paint. We would also like to provide the school with a computer and printer and help out with stocks of chalk, pencils, pens, copies etc. The school also badly needs new desks as many of them are broken and falling apart.
If anyone has any laptops they dont want any more we would love to have them to bring over. All laptops will be securely erased prior to shipping. Please contact us for further details
Paddy O’Conor – Rehab Kildare International Award Winner 2010
Paddy O’Connor from Athgarvan describes himself as a “Professional Beggar” in his support of the orphaned children of Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya.
Paddy was utterly shocked by his first visit to Kibera, 3 quarters of a million people living in squalor, no fresh water or sanitation whatsoever, eating, cooking, sleeping like crowded ants on a precarious ant hill. “The stench was overwhelming” – it was like being in an abbatoir with the smell of burning offal attacking your nostrils. – “If you think poverty doesn’t smell, think again”