In 2007 Kerry Watson from Stretton volunteered in the village of Majimboni in the Shimba Hills of Kenya. She was deeply moved by the community’s struggle to survive and by the plight of orphaned and neglected children. In January 2008 she returned to Kenya and purchased land with a vision to build and sustain a home for the most vulnerable children who lack even the most basic needs of shelter, food and belonging to family life. Kerry came back to the UK to begin the huge task of fundraising to make her vision a reality. With the support of friends, family and local businesses, schools and churches, money was raised to employ Kenyan people to begin construction of the home. The lack of running water and electricity in the village presented many challenges, however Kerry wanted the home to be located where she saw the most need, and where it could also benefit the local community. Kerry gave up her life in the UK to live in Kenya and worked with the community to identify the most desperate children. A staff of housemothers and fathers were recruited to help run the home. In April 2010 the orphanage opened its doors to welcome their first 5 children and over the last few years, the Footprints family has grown to 39 children. Now, Footprints Orphanage is registered as a Charitable Children’s Institution in Kenya and it is recognised as one of the best in the country. To hear more about this incredibly inspirational story and to find out how you can help, come along to ‘An Audience with Kerry and her husband Patrick’ at St Mary’s Church on Church Road, Stretton on Tuesday 20th November at 7.30pm. Free entry.