When Chris Thomas retired from her career as HR Manager for a Hertfordshire engineering plastics manufacturer in 2006 she was not ready to put her feet up, so she searched for a project. Chris and her husband Mike, had been visiting East and Southern Africa on safari holidays for almost twenty years and so it seemed to make sense to try to do something related to these areas.
Chris found Debbie Scott, a lady who lived near Bedford, who had recently started fund raising for an orphanage for Aids Orphans in Utange, a village near Mombasa on the east coast of Kenya. Chris joined Debbie’s team and there she met Ian Stimson, a retired Tesco IT Director who was also ready for a new project following his retirement.
The result was a very successful fund raising period followed by the building, equipping and staffing of the Orphanage within 3 years.
After a very brief spell away from the fund-raising world, Chris and Ian were drawn back to Utange, together with their spouses and 2 friends. This time it was Noah’s Ark School for 3-8 year olds after Chris and some friends visited a lady that had been teaching 60 children in her own small traditional house in Utange.
The team is now moving on to the next project for St. Peter’s the Rock School.
The current team members are: –
Neal Griffin, Chris and Mike’s nephew, provides artistic and design support.