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By DAYLE LATHAM
WHEN Alice Wangai walked into
Kenyatta University in Nairobi to start
classes, she was amazed.
She was amazed because having
come from a village with no running
water, dirt floors and no power, this
educational institution was like nothing
she'd ever seen before.
Alice is the first student from a school
on Mount Kenya, CCM Angaine, which
is supported by the Stuart's Travel
Club in Nowra, to attend university.
Organiser Rhonda Moore describes
it as a huge achievement.
"We have been working with a
school in Kenya for 12 or 13 years now.
Our first project was building a well in
Kilimanjaro. We then built an AIDS
hospital and started the school project
about 12 years ago," she says.
Starting with 120 children, over the
years the school has expanded to
cater for 560 students. "And for the
first time we have had one student this
year go into university," Ms Moore
beams. "Can you imagine her walking
into university, seeing running water,
the concrete slabs?"
Ms Moore is confident
Alice is adapting quickly
to it all, having recently received an
email from the young woman, who
sent it using her new laptop.
"She is going great and is getting
into her studies. She wants to be a
doctor; she is doing a Bachelor of Arts
and then wants to do medicine.
The accomplishment has created a
buzz throughout the school.
"You can imagine the other kids now,
'Oh I've got to get to uni too'," Ms
Stuart's Travel Club takes groups to
Kenya every year and raises money
throughout the year to complete new
This year the money raised is being
used to complete a new kitchen and
dining hall at the school.
"There are about 40 orphans at the
school, and they will be able to have a
hot meal every day and all the senior
students will get a hot meal every
day," Ms Moore says.
The long-term commitment to the
area was, Ms Moore says,
"At certain times in life, we are just
meant to be in certain places. We
were on safari and went past a group
of women walking with donkeys and
buckets. We followed them back to
their village and saw they had
children who were dying because
they had no water. These women
were walking 30km each day for
water. There were 20 of us at the time
and we said, 'This wouldn't happen in
our country'," she recalls.
The group returned to Australia and
raised the money to build the village a
Their involvement with the school
came about similarly. Ms Moore asked
her guide what a group of children
sitting under a tree were doing.
"I said, 'What's that?', 'It's a school',
'Don't be ridiculous'."
The Stuart's Travel Club is heading to
Kenya again in July 2012 for a three
week safari and anyone wishing to
come along is most welcome.
Students at CCM Angaine in Mount Kenya.
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