A north Louth mother and daughter are bound for Africa next month when they will take part in the inspirational Mombasa Project.
Pauline Caffrey, Ravensdale, will be joined by her 16-year-old daughter Christine, a St Vincent's student, on the charity mission to Kenya where they will work with orphaned and abandoned children.
'There are nine of us from various parts of the country travelling to Nairobi on February 15th to meet some of these children and take them on a short holiday to Mombasa crossing Kenya by train,' said Pauline.
The duo are faced with the task of raising € 3,500 each before they depart, but says Pauline: 'I am really looking forward to seeing how the money is spent practically out there, and how it benefits the community.'
Among the projects that will benefit from their fundraising efforts are repairs to the shelter/ school including classrooms and a schoolyard.
'Four of the children have just completed 8th form and are ready to go to secondary school, so we hope to have them registered, purchase uniforms and pay for their first term,' added Pauline.
'These will be some of the children who will accompany us on the trip to the beach so that they can improve their English for attending secondary school.'
'Also, some of the Kenyan workers employed by the organiser of the Mombasa Project, John Grimston, for the last couple of years hope to avail of driving lessons to better increase their chances of employment.'
This will be Pauline's third trip to Africa. 'Last year we went to Tanzania where we brought children from a home in Arusha to Dar el Salaam,' she explained.