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Dorchester Woman Embarking on Mission to Help Kenya's Vulnerable Children

Kenya

3:43pm 6th February 2013

A young woman from Crossways is preparing to fly 4 and a half thousand miles across the globe to provide vital support to needy children in Africa.

Speech Therapist Rachael Gibson is returning to rural western Kenya to help disabled children improve their language skills and go to school.

She's volunteering with an organisation called Yellow House Children's Services.

The 27 year old travels for miles across the country on the back of a motorbike to reach those in need wherever they are - hospitals, townships, villages - and she's providing the speech service free of charge.

Rachael told Wessex FM In Kenya there are 10 speech therapists compared to the UK's 11,500; "I'm the only one offering a completely free service. One speech therapist to 5 million people is a pretty tough ratio to comprehend."

Speaking to Wessex FM's Luke de Costa, Rachael says her work isn't restricted to just speech therapy.

 

She's planning to head back out to Kenya, one of the poorest countries in the world, after the elections in April this year, where she aims to continue her outstanding work with those youngsters who need it the most.

Rachael is fundraising to help support her volunteer work that directly pays for the service she provides; "In Kenya £15 will enable me to see 40 patients in a hospital. You have to pay the equivalent of 30p to see a health professional in Kenya, that's enough money to pay for food for a family of 4 for a day. That's how far the money goes!!!".

You can learn more about her work and support her cause by clicking here and a final word from Rachael, the money is going somewhere great!


 

Kenya

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