Student witnesses horrendous poverty during Kenya orphanage placement
A NURSING student learnt a valuable lesson when she spent two weeks working in a Kenyan orphanage as part an international placement during her studies at TeessideUniversity.
“Where I was staying, there was massive poverty. People couldn’t afford basic care and were often discharged before they were ready.
“Also during my placement, I realised people with learning disabilities were very much excluded and left to fend for themselves. It was not unusual to see people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities on street corners begging. I was shocked and sad to see this. It was as if they had been rejected from society.”
The mother-of-three, who took £5,000 raised before teh trip to help orphans by supplying essential items, said: "I discovered that there weren't just a few orphanages, but hundreds. There was at least one every square mile, which made it difficult to decided how best to use the money.
“It was obvious they all needed money, so decision making became difficult and emotional, especially as corruption is rife. We had to take great care when handing over donations to ensure the money was going to the intended recipients.
Graeme Hetherington The Northern Echo