Over afternoon tea 130 Inner Wheel members and friends heard about challenges faced by some Kenyan students.
Kisaru Nkera Initiatives (KINI) CEO Barbara Parkins talked about the struggle for life’s necessities by the Maasai people.
Ms Parkins said some remote Kenyan schools could have up to 150 students in two classrooms and share two toilets with staff.
Students also face a regular risk of abduction and forced marriage. She decided after visiting a friend in Kenya in 2011 that she needed to help out.
Ms Parkins emigrated to build and operate a school which has grown to employ 12 teachers partly funded by government, sponsors and charitable donations.
A breakfast and lunch program had been incredibly successful at keeping students in school during the day and focused on their study.
“Just doing small things really boosts the community and the school,” she said.
The next project is complete a rescue centre to provide a refuge for young women who are at risk of abduction for forced marriages and female genital mutilation.
Ms Parkins who was originally a teacher runs programs to help women and men understand the dangers and what’s wrong with those practises.
“Australia is really privileged, we have issues but there’s more than the basic necessities of life and these women and children, very rarely do they even have the basics.”
Inner Wheel members from Orange, Blayney, Bathurst, Dubbo and Cowra also raised vital funds with a fashion parade to help KINI.
Orange Inner Wheel president Judy Reppen said the full amount of funds raised for KINI would be announced in June.
KINI has been selected as Inner Wheel’s international project for the next two years.
“It’s the first time Barbara has presented to the region and we’re really fortunate,” Mrs Reppen said.
She said she appreciate the enthuiastic support from Inner Wheel members and friends.