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Realising the disproportionate wealth most
Australians enjoy by comparison to Third
World countries, and the wish to make a
difference in the lives of the disadvantaged, has
prompted a growing number of Redlands
residents to put their hands up to volunteer
their support for locally based charity African
The charity's latest initiative is the establishment
of a child sponsorship program to provide financial
support for children in the orphanage they support
at Nyahururu,Kenya, as a means to provide a longer
term security for the children.
In addition to providing financial assistance,
sponsoring a child will give valuable emotional
support to that orphan, often lacking due to the
loss of their parents and other family members.
Every cent of the $45 monthly sponsorship, or
around $7 a week after tax deductions, goes to
guaranteeing the future and a placement for the
Founded and administered from Cleveland,
the charity has, since its establishment three
years ago, supported 530 needy children's
dietary, educational and health needs,as well as
building important infrastructure in the form of
accommodation, classrooms and associated
Many features set it apart from other aid
organisations, most particularly that all donated
funds get to and are used in their entirety, by the
orphanage and are not diluted by administration
These costs are covered by a generous local
sponsor who has also funded the costs of
freighting containers full of useable goods,
mostly donated by generous local residents and
corporate supporters. Several containers have
already been sent to Kenya this year and will
continue to be sent as they fill with goods .
Another significant goal of African Equity is to
Local charity makes a huge difference in Kenya
ultimately have the orphanage and school
communities become self sufficient and this is
being done by establishing income producing
businesses in and around the orphanage that
help fund the running costs.
If you would like to enquire about sponsoring a
child or supporting in other ways, you can
contact Gordon on 0417 630 532 or African
Equity on 3821 1077 during working hours.
African Equity volunteers will be present at a
sponsorship and information stand this Saturday
at Capalaba Central Shopping Centre.
African Equity volunteers Chanelle
Counihan (left) and Olesja Laming
with a couple of child sponsorship
Ashleigh Watson with some of the
children she met at the Kenyan
'changed my life'
By Ashleigh Watson
As a 19-year-old working university
student, I used to think I was doing it
tough. "I'm so broke, I hate studying, life is
SO unfair," I thought -- a common vocabulary
most teens use today. Poverty never even
crossed my mind -- it was a world away, and
someone else's problem.
However, after recently spending a week in
Kenya and connecting with some of its 1.8 million
orphans, I realised just how close to home these
people are. Poverty does not affect nameless
faces in a totally different world. Poverty affects
real people only hours away from us with
families, friends and dreams that are no different
to our own.
I walked through''streets'' where kids would take
turns at licking a dirty,discarded ice cream wrapper,
and met boys my age who laboured dawn to dusk
for no more than a tiny handful of mashed corn.The
hardest dose of reality came from comparing their
outlook on life to my own. Although they live in
extreme poverty, the children from the orphanage
are the happiest, most appreciative and most
loving people I have ever met.
The work African Equity is doing is literally
saving lives. They are giving some of the world's
poorest children the basic things we take for
granted like food, water, a roof over their head
and an education. More than that, they are giving
them hope for a better future.
After returning home, I realised what African
Equity thankfully did too -- we can make a
profound impact right here at home. I have seen
and cannot stress enough how much child
sponsorship changes lives. Donations of both
money and clothing, toys, books and any other
material are used and cherished beyond
About 300 million African children will go to
bed hungry tonight.You can make a difference.
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