North Norfolk couple’s charity work in Kenya

A north Norfolk couple who set up their own charitable trust to help school children in one of the world's poorest regions are appealing for teachers to volunteer their services and are also hoping to get funding for a special needs unit.

Ian and Wendy Graham from Sir Williams Close in Aylsham are embarking on a new project at Mnarani Primary School in Kenya, helping raise funds for a special needs unit at the school.

They are also asking for teachers or trainee teachers/ gap year students, who may be able to volunteer to go out and help at the school. Ideally they will be females as they will be staying with women in Kenya,

Those who volunteer will have the opportunity to live with local people in Mnarani village and teach during the day. They would also be shown around the local area and introduced to the Kenyan way of life and culture.

Mr Graham, a Broadland district councillor, said; 'This would be a great opportunity to not only to enjoy a different way of teaching children but also of experiencing a different way of life.'

Mr and Mrs Graham first came into contact with the school after going on holiday to Mnarani 10 years ago.

While there they were asked to sponsor a child to help pay for their education which they did and still do to this day. They then decided to set up a charitable trust, Mnarani Aid.

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They make regular visits to the school and have just returned from a month-long trip there.

Mr Graham said on their latest visit he and his wife were able to drop off new text books to the school and also some teaching materials, but their next aim was to apply for lottery funding, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kilifi in Kenya, to help fund a special needs unit at the school.

For more details about the teaching opportunities or about the charity, email