A charity which supports disadvantaged children living in Kenya has reached its funding target thanks to a telecoms firm.
The Gathimba Edwards Foundation (GEF) will be able to build a new family home in Muskut, Kenya, thanks to funds from Bridge of Don based SureVoIP.
Gladys, Isaac and their nine children have been living in a hut of wooden sticks covered by iron sheets with no walls.
GEF founder Myles Edwards described the conditions as the worst he had ever seen.
The family was first brought to the charity’s attention by marathon champion and former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang who, along with several GEF staff and volunteers, spent a night in the remote house to raise awareness of the family’s plight.
SureVoIP managing director Gavin Henry and his wife Laura have donated the funds to help build the house.
Myles said: “It always amazes me that people are willing to give up their free time and pay for their own travel to help families who they’ve never met before.
“Gavin and Laura have made the dream of a new home for Gladys, Isaac and their children possible.
“It simply wouldn’t have been built without their intervention to plug the gap in their funding.”