Plenty of Hope

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

PERTH Mod­ern School grad­u­ate Maddy Comp­ston re­cently spent three weeks vol­un­teer­ing with Nakuru Hope in the Kaptem­bwa slums.

The 18-year-old, who grad­u­ated last year, joined char­ity founder Su­san Saleeba and other Perth-based vol­un­teers in Kenya.

Ms Comp­ston said she had wanted to re­turn to Africa since vol­un­teer­ing at a pri­mary school in Tan­za­nia dur­ing high school.

The Subiaco res­i­dent spent time in Gabriel Learn­ing Cen­tre’s class­rooms, the or­phan­age and kitchen and vis­ited fam­i­lies in the slums.

“There wasn’t a high­light; the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was won­der­ful,” Ms Comp­ston said.

“Be­ing in the class­rooms with the chil­dren was a def­i­nite high point though, to see all their smil­ing faces and to par­tic­i­pate in their ed­u­ca­tion.

“It was a most hum­bling and inspiring ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Cha­p­ati day was also very mem­o­rable; we made about 200 cha­p­atis for the kids.”

Ms Comp­ston said Nakuru Hope wel­comed and cared for all types of chil­dren from the slums.

“For ex­am­ple, there is a deaf girl there; she goes to a spe­cial school where she can learn sign lan­guage and oth­er­wise lives at the or­phan­age,” she said.

“See­ing this and wit­ness­ing the poverty around Gabriel’s Learn­ing Cen­tre re­ally drives home the im­por­tance of this char­ity and what they of­fer for the ne­glected chil­dren in Kaptem­bwa slum.”

Ms Saleeba founded Nakuru Hope in 2007 to ed­u­cate, up-skill and care for fam­i­lies in the slums, open­ing the Gabriel Learn­ing Cen­tre in 2008. She launched an or­phan­age last year and has started farm­ing pro­duce to feed the project’s chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate, visit www.naku­ruhope. org.

Pic­tures: Mur­ray John­ston

Maddy Comp­ston at Nakuru Hope’s farm.

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