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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Charity concert in aid of Kenyan orphanage

Published 18/12/2012 | 18:06

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■ The orphaned child, Naomi, who was now is cared for at an orphanage set up by a Sligo man's charity in Kenya.

A SLIGO man who set up a Kenyan charity to specifically improve the lives of orphans, is organising a concert this Christmas in Sligo to raise funds.

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Basil Love established Kenya Build after a visit to the country as part of a volunteer group.

Seven years later and there have been schools built to facilitate 700 children, accommodation for 100 people, and the charity also works alongside three orphanages.

His friend, James Nelson, is a member of the world-famous group, The Celtic Tenors.

The group are performing a special concert in St. Brigids Church, Corhawnagh, Ballisodare on Sunday, December 23rd at 8pm.

They are busy touring America and this will be their only concert in Sligo for the festive season.

James, who is also from Sligo, is involved in the charity and has adopted two boys in Kenya.

Basil organises annual trips for volunteers to the poor region Kenya Build is based, outside the capital Nairobi.

Here, orphaned children have to survive amid horrendous living circumstances.

Basil said: "On the last trip, a few days before we arrived, someone had been walking by a bin and heard crying.

"There was a tiny baby inside. She was barely a few hours old, most likely born premature. "She was found in a paper bag." After police were informed, she was taken to a nearby hospital and referred to one of the Kenya Build orphanages. She was given the name Naomi. "She has grown a lot since she was brought to the centre and will be five months this week. "She smiles a lot now," Basil said. Tickets for The Celtic Tenors can be bought in Keaneys, High Street, Toolan's Ballisodare, Collooney Pharmacy or directly from 086 8253531.

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