Plenty of Hope
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.
Maddy Compston at Nakuru Hope’s farm.