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Railway Street team travel to Kenya

to see results of their £6,000 fundraising efforts

Pictured on Tuesday 5th July at Belfast City Airport on the start of their long journey to Tuum in Northern Kenya to witness at first hand the results of their £6,000 fundraising efforts is L to R:  (back row) Len Murray, Jean Murray, Andrew Coggins, Rev. Brian Gibson and Jean Gibson.  (front row) Jamie Humphries, Thomas McConaghie, Laura Bittle, Jamie McCutcheon, Jonny Wales and Chris Baird.

Pictured on Tuesday 5th July at Belfast City Airport on the start of their long journey to Tuum in Northern Kenya to witness at first hand the results of their £6,000 fundraising efforts is L to R:  (back row) Len Murray, Jean Murray, Andrew Coggins, Rev. Brian Gibson and Jean Gibson. (front row) Jamie Humphries, Thomas McConaghie, Laura Bittle, Jamie McCutcheon, Jonny Wales and Chris Baird.

As there is very little provision for secondary education for girls in rural Kenya, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa is sponsoring the building of a secondary school for girls in Tuum, Northern Kenya.  Eleven members of Railway Street Presbyterian Church organised many fundraising events to raise £3,000 to build one of the classrooms and thanks to the tremendous organising skill and hard work of Len and Jean Murray and the team, and the generosity of many people for which they are most grateful, they raised nearly £6000, double their target, and enough to build a second classroom.  With the site for the school already marked out and building work soon to commence, the Railway Street team travelled to Kenya this week to witness at first hand the results of their £6,000 fundraising efforts.

The team, led by Len and Jean Murray and Andrew Coggins, consists of the Rev. Brian Gibson – Minister of Railway Street Church, Jean Gibson, Jamie Humphries, Thomas McConaghie, Laura Bittle, Jamie McCutcheon, Jonny Wales and Chris Baird.  They left Belfast City Airport for London Heathrow last Tuesday and after an overnight plane journey from London to Nairobi, they will travel to Northern Kenya by land rover stopping overnight at Maralal, the half waypoint, arriving in Tuum on Thursday 7th July.

They will spend twelve days in Tuum with PCI missionaries - Stephen and Angelina Cowan and take part in various projects that Stephen and Angelina have set up for the local Samburu and Turkana people.  These include:  Bible teaching and evangelism; Youth camps; Women in development; Honey production and marketing; Irrigation; Road building and maintenance; Vehicle maintenance; Animal drug distribution; and Eco-tourism.

The team will leave Tuum on Tuesday 19th July spending 2 nights at the Samburu Game Reserve on their return journey.  They will depart from Nairobi Airport on Friday 22nd arriving in Belfast on Saturday 23rd July with first hand news of the progress of the girls’ school and how their tremendous fundraising efforts will be used to build two of the classrooms.

Written by:
John A.Kelly