NEWSLETTER FOR THE FUNZI AND BODO TRUST

SPRING 2009

The Biggest Challenge is to Come
In just over two years the Funzi and Bodo Trust has achieved more than was ever imagined possible. It has opened two clinics, re-built a school and has a water and road ambulance. Not to mention improving the health and lives of people in variety of other ways. Plans are already in place for more life saving and improving projects. But it won’t be easy. The opening of the new clinic has doubled our monthly costs and the economic downturn is seeing giving falling. We will continue to seek grants and organise fundraising. But we must attract more individual and regular giving if we are to maintain and grow this work. At present individual monthly donations only provide half of what we need to keep our clinics going. Can you help us? Visit our website at www.funzi.org.uk to contact us or telephone 0113 2526513 and speak to our Chairman Ashley Peatfield

Current News From Funzi
WAYS TO HELP
Spear Dance Marks Opening of New School
Several hundred people and a host of senior officials turned up for the opening of the re built Funzi Primary School. Guest of honour was Richard Cook from Harrogate’s Transglobe Wealth Management Company. Richard, who has been instrumental in the formation of the Funzi and Bodo Trust, joined Massai warriors in full ceremonial dress as they leapt into the air and performed a traditional spear dance. Children from the school sang, recited poems and even did a rap song. All praising Richard and telling how the work of the Trust is improving their lives. The new school was declared the best in the whole region by the Chairman of the Kwale Council. In 2009 we plan to add a lending library to the school for use by adults and children. The Trust has already prepared the building and installed solar lighting for evening use. Books will be bought later this year.

Baby Idris Will Walk
Last November we were approached by a father seriously concerned for his child who had been born with his feet facing the wrong way. A lack of money had prevented the family from getting the baby the treatment he needed. It was thought he would never walk and would shuffle on his bottom for the rest of his life. With our help that’s changed and he’s now had an operation and is recovering well- he has little pots on both feet. Special shoes are being ordered and he will learn to walk.

Please continue to save your used stamps and old mobile phones for us to turn into cash for the Charity. Also we can recycle used inkjet toner cartridges (the small ones) but not laser cartridges which are the much larger, heavier ones.

The Tailors Story
The new ambulance has already been playing an important role in helping us treat the very sick. The Bodo tailor has endured a huge gaping wound on his lower leg for nearly four years. The product of a failed operation it bleeds constantly. Thanks to the new clinic at Bodo he’s now getting daily visits from our nurse who dresses the wounds and gives him injections. He’s also been taken to hospital in the new vehicle and undergone tests. It appears he has diabetes which has stopped the wound healing. We’re now funding his treatment to tackle both conditions and he’s expected to make a full recovery.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of the Funzi and Bodo Trust

Baby Idris with his Pots

Special thanks to Richard Cook and Transglobe Investments, Harrogate for their continued support

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“Dragon’s Den” Breathes New Life into Emergency Operations
The isolation of Funzi and Bodo makes it hard for people to reach hospital. In the past this has been the cause of women giving birth by the roadside, a fisherman dying from blood loss after a shark attack and children sick with malaria arriving at hospital too late. Last year’s donation of a water ambulance by the York Viking Rotary Club helped ease the situation. Now thanks to a new charity called Cross Pollinate we have a road ambulance. Our Chairman, Ashley Peatfield, was invited to make a six minute presentation and take questions in front of a group of Christian business people in London at a Dragon’s Den style event. In just an hour over £80,000 was donated to six charities. The Funzi and Bodo Funzi Village Trust received over £14,000 for a new vehicle. Our friends at York Viking Rotary Club generously donated a further £2,000 and we now have a Toyota Noah car , which seats eight people, as an ambulance.

Dr Juma and our Nurse Ali with the new Ambulance

New Clinic Opens
Queues of sick people gathered outside Bodo clinic as it opened its doors for the first time. . Two doctors, two nurses, a dentist and a pharmacy team were on hand to treat them. Like our first clinicon Funzi Island- the clinic charges a small amount for the consultation and provides free medicine for however long it is needed. The clinic will be open six days a week and will eventually offer new services like the routine immunisation of babies and small children.. Health education will also be a feature of the work of this clinic. The mainland position of the clinic and the free medicine will mean people will travel from a wide area to be treated at Bodo. The demand will be even greater as a new sugar plantation has opened nearby bringing in new workers. These people earn as little as 70 pence a day for hard labour so they will need the services of the clinic.

Sight Will Be Saved
A 10 year old boy on Funzi with a painful eye condition was brought to the Trust. His family lived in a mud house full of holes – stuffed with rubbish to keep out the rain. He was taken to our fiends at the Kwale Eye Centre which is a charity run by an English doctor. He had an aggressive condition which left untreated would leave him blind. The family couldn’t afford to pay for the treatment. The Trust is funding his treatment and our manager, Ali, takes him for regular consultations in the new ambulance. His eye sight will be saved and the pain is going away.

Children Wait for Hours for a Drink.
The pump which brings drinking water to the surface on Funzi broke again . This was despite repairs made by the Funzi and Bodo Trust. Children lined the beach and waited for hours for clean water to be brought from the mainland, two hours away. The Trust helped transport the clean water which had to be bought. It was brought in buckets by road and car. Following talks with another well wisher a new pump is finally to be installed. This just underlines how fragile life is on Funzi.

Much needed treatment at the eye centre

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