Vol­un­teer­ing in Africa

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

EIGHT years ago, Jenny Humphrey and her hus­band Lau­rie hopped on a plane to Africa and have only just re­turned to the Coast.

Ms Humphrey is an early child­hood teacher and her hus­band is a builder.

With their skills com­bined, the pair lived in Zim­babwe for three-and-a half years vol­un­teer­ing.

“We went with the hope to work with aban­doned or­phan chil­dren and ba­bies,” said Ms Humphrey.

Vim­bai was one of the or­phans who graced the cou­ple’s lives.

“She came to the or­phan­age when she was gues­ti­mated around threeto four-months old.

“We helped her learn to walk and talk. I re­mem­ber watch­ing her the first time she saw a hail storm. I have very pre­cious, beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries of our time there,” said Ms Humphrey.

Ms Humphrey said the pair left Zim­babwe in 2014 with “very heavy hearts,” but lit­tle did they know over the bor­der in South Africa they would soon make this their “home away from home” for the re­main­der of their time in Africa.

Here Ms Humphrey worked in a mis­sion school while her hus­band helped build the school’s

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