Former Wirral Globe photographer off to help poverty-stricken youngsters in Kenya

David Gennard

Children at the Walk Centre in Kenya

Youngsters at the Walk Centre in Kenya

Ruth Dodman, Steve Hampson, Corrie’s Sue Cleaver and David Gennard.

First published in News by

A FORMER Wirral Globe photographer is preparing to lend a hand to poverty-stricken youngsters in Kenya next year.

David Gennard, from Oxton, will join his colleagues Steve Hampson and Ruth Dodman from Great Places housing association to work with children living in slums.

The scheme, which is being backed by Coronation Street’s Sue Cleaver, will see the volunteers supporting The Walk Centre in Nakuru next March, helping out with education and food.

The centre is a lifeline for neighbouring children who would otherwise be scavenging in a dump they live beside.

Sue, who plays Eileen Grimshaw in the soap and visited the country earlier this year, said: “I think it’s very easy to say that the Africa problem’s too big, the money doesn’t get through to the right people.

“But having had experience of working in Kenya, it isn’t all doom and gloom. There are lots of projects that are making a difference, this being one of them. I wish the three of them good luck!”

And David, 31, said the group are looking forward to getting a hands-on experience and meeting the families face-to-face.

He said: “What’s unique about this project is that we can raise a lot of money and then rather than send it off to a faceless organisation, we go out to Kenya and help the children and their parents directly.

“As well as bringing valuable clothing and school equipment we will also be helping out in the school and teaching. Having an education offers the children a chance to escape the poverty they find themselves in.”

Keep up-to-date with the project by following the volunteers on Twitter: @vol4kenya and via www.facebook.com/VolunteersForKenya.

For more details about donating to the project, e-mail david.gennard@greatplaces.org.uk

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4:57pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Spiffy says...

Good for you, David. Please, take Frank Field with you and when you get both back ask him if he still honestly wants to try and tell anyone here...with a straight face....that any one of us is living in "poverty".
Good for you, David. Please, take Frank Field with you and when you get both back ask him if he still honestly wants to try and tell anyone here...with a straight face....that any one of us is living in "poverty". Spiffy
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5:17pm Fri 5 Oct 12

red devil says...

What do their own government do to help these people. Nothing. All aid goes into back pockets.
What do their own government do to help these people. Nothing. All aid goes into back pockets. red devil
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9:01pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Positive thinker says...

Spot on Spiffy
Spot on Spiffy Positive thinker
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5:58pm Sat 6 Oct 12

craigot89 says...

Spiffy wrote:
Good for you, David. Please, take Frank Field with you and when you get both back ask him if he still honestly wants to try and tell anyone here...with a straight face....that any one of us is living in "poverty".
Obviously in complete denial of whats going on in your own town then spiffy. Food banks open in birkenhead because people dont have the means to feed their families sounds like an affluent society to me.
[quote][p][bold]Spiffy[/bold] wrote: Good for you, David. Please, take Frank Field with you and when you get both back ask him if he still honestly wants to try and tell anyone here...with a straight face....that any one of us is living in "poverty".[/p][/quote]Obviously in complete denial of whats going on in your own town then spiffy. Food banks open in birkenhead because people dont have the means to feed their families sounds like an affluent society to me. craigot89
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12:52am Tue 9 Oct 12

Spiffy says...

craigot89 wrote:
Spiffy wrote:
Good for you, David. Please, take Frank Field with you and when you get both back ask him if he still honestly wants to try and tell anyone here...with a straight face....that any one of us is living in "poverty".
Obviously in complete denial of whats going on in your own town then spiffy. Food banks open in birkenhead because people dont have the means to feed their families sounds like an affluent society to me.
Craigot89 - Hmm ok well I could be persuaded to reconsider if you'd care to send photographic evidence to the Globe for printing of the filthy parents who must forego the expense of a bar of soap...lining up in the food bank queue stood in the only clothes they own and holes in their only pair of shoes on their feet, if they have shoes at all.
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Send in photographs of their emaciated bodies trudging wearily on foot back to almost empty residences...because they've sold everything they have of value to feed children who are only ever so slightly cleaner, well-fed and clothed than their parents.
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More than a few of our own grandparents lived as I have just described and would have died and gone to heaven with the sheer amount and levels of welfare benefits...not to mention the plethora of government and charity organisations...that someone in "poverty" can claim help from.
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They'd also be spinning in their graves to see what is considered "poverty" today.
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Poverty is relative as is affluence and NO ONE in this country...bar the homeless (and sometimes not even them)....lives in anything *like* "poverty".
[quote][p][bold]craigot89[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Spiffy[/bold] wrote: Good for you, David. Please, take Frank Field with you and when you get both back ask him if he still honestly wants to try and tell anyone here...with a straight face....that any one of us is living in "poverty".[/p][/quote]Obviously in complete denial of whats going on in your own town then spiffy. Food banks open in birkenhead because people dont have the means to feed their families sounds like an affluent society to me.[/p][/quote]Craigot89 - Hmm ok well I could be persuaded to reconsider if you'd care to send photographic evidence to the Globe for printing of the filthy parents who must forego the expense of a bar of soap...lining up in the food bank queue stood in the only clothes they own and holes in their only pair of shoes on their feet, if they have shoes at all. ... Send in photographs of their emaciated bodies trudging wearily on foot back to almost empty residences...because they've sold everything they have of value to feed children who are only ever so slightly cleaner, well-fed and clothed than their parents. ... More than a few of our own grandparents lived as I have just described and would have died and gone to heaven with the sheer amount and levels of welfare benefits...not to mention the plethora of government and charity organisations...that someone in "poverty" can claim help from. ... They'd also be spinning in their graves to see what is considered "poverty" today. ... Poverty is relative as is affluence and NO ONE in this country...bar the homeless (and sometimes not even them)....lives in anything *like* "poverty". Spiffy
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