YOUR STORY: Mission trips to help orphanage
MY NAME is Sandra McLeod and I have just returned from a trip to Kenya volunteering in an orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.
I have been a sponsor of a child at Mission In Action (MIA) for six years now and have also given my time as the volunteer co-ordinator for four years.
Mission in Action is home to 100 children and is run by an Australian man, Ivan Budulica and his Kenyan wife Dama.
This visit was shorter than others but still amazing.
I love spending time with the children but I also love being out within the community. The area around the orphanage is quite poor.
One part of my trip, which is dear to my heart, is when I purchased a water tank, which we installed on a small primary school in a poor area.
This school, which has been operating for five years, is a tin shed with dirt floors and has never had water for the children. They have to bring bottles of water from home each day.
So we walked into the school yard, spoke to the head teacher and later that day installed a water tank.
The children and teachers were so excited that someone wanted to help them and that they would have fresh water to drink once the rain came.
This tank was installed in memory of my mother who had a kind heart and often helped others.
We returned a few days later to donate some reading books to the school from the students of North Bundaberg Primary School.
Teacher Pauline was thrilled with the new books about Australian wildlife.
We also visited villagers in their homes and met a wonderful elderly lady who lives by herself and was 103.
She showed me how she takes the corn off the cob with her arthritic hands and also how she used the corn cobs to cook with.
Push bike rides around the villages on the bumpy third world roads of Nakuru were adventurous and amazing.
I was also able to purchase, on behalf of our fundraising efforts at the Bundaberg Golf Club, bags of maize, beans and more for food for the children at MIA, as they have been struggling to cover costs recently.