Alison Stedman, long time friend and supporter of Nyumbani, has planned her final organized mission trip to Nyumbani. Scottish Rotarian Alison has led 17 trips in the past 12 years, an impressive feat! Her last trip with a team of 14 volunteers occurred this month.
As Alison winds down her Nyumbani travel schedule, it is amazing to look back on all her and her volunteers have accomplished over the years. In the past 12 years, her team’s efforts have supplied five houses, a block of four teacher bedsits, two classrooms, irrigation, solar pumping, wells, 100 cooking shelters and a large literacy project in Nyumbani Village.
Alison first volunteered with Nyumbani in 2005 and was so moved by the level of poverty and hardship she observed, that she began to organize the service trips. In her own words:
Seeing the toddlers I met all those years ago now healthy, educated, in jobs and with somewhere to live makes every penny raised and every trip worthwhile. I am so proud to say that every penny we raise goes to the benefit of the children in one way or another.”
Dedication to Nyumbani runs in the family as well. Her son, Mark James, has raised impressive funds for our programs over the years through his Guinness Book of World Records squash attempts.
Nyumbani is very grateful to have a supporter and friend such as Alison. Her steadfast support over the past 12 years, along with her army of volunteers, have contributed in immeasurable ways to the mission and programs of Nyumbani.
Thank you Alison!