Fleetwood Rotary Club renewed acquaintances with a Blackpool hotelier who helped to set up an orphanage in Kenya.
Sue Hayward visited the port’s Rotarians to give them the latest news about the charity she founded, Children of Watamu, and the Happy House children’s home, opened in Kenya in 2010.
Rotarians meeting at Fleetwood’s North Euston Hotel heard more about the orphanage, which is now home to 87 orphaned, abandoned, neglected or abused children.
Sue’s husband Dave, on a visit from Kenya, and UK voluntary co-ordinator Elizabeth Gomm were also guests at the club. And at the end of the evening Children of Watamu was handed a cheque for £2,300, with the money coming not only from the Fleetwood club but a number of other Rotary outfits across the North West district.
Sue explained how a kindergarten was added to Happy House in 2011 and a primary school was opened in 2013, educating all the resident youngsters, plus 140 from the local community whose parents pay a modest fee to sustain the school.
This year, the Dr Danwata Scholarship Scheme was launched giving initially 20 free places to young people whose school had come to a halt because of their abject poverty.
The charity is now fund-raising for the £25,000 needed to build and open a secondary school by January 2016.
Sue said: “This money will go towards our secondary school which we must have ready to take those who will be moving up from class eight primary.
“We have to continue the excellent education we are providing through to school leaving to give our kids the best opportunity in future.
“Fleetwood Rotary has been supportive of us for a long time now and do much to help us. They are also our very good friends.”
To find out more visit: www.childrenofwatamu.net