Lisa Masters from Furnace in Argyll is currently working for two months as a volunteer at an orphanage in Mombasa in Kenya.
The orphanage has 50 children, aged between 5 and 18.
Every single one of them have lost both their parents to AIDS.
An immediate hygienic problem is that, with very scant resources, the children simply wipe their noses across their arms. The orphanage needs cotton handkerchiefs – because they are washable for constant use. As we all know, cotton handkerchiefs are hard to find even here.
Lisa is hoping that some folk may have a few clean old ones somewhere in their houses, or even new ones still around, perhaps unused box sets received as gifts.
Anyone who has some such handkerchiefs and who is willing to give them to such a good cause should post them to: Masters, Furnace Stores, Furnace, PA32 8XN, Argyll.
Alternatively, anyone with some handkerchiefs to give and living in the vicinity or passing by Furnace - on Loch Fyne, about 7 miles south of Inveraray on the A83 – is warmly welcome to drop them off at Furnace Stores.
As with so much material given to charities to needy countries, there is a serious problem is the uncertainly of their safe arrival at the intended destination. Lisa has arranged for a secure route of the handkerchiefs to the orphanage because they will not make a seductively massive package.
This does mean that her Furnace collection point cannot take any other items for the orphanage, however useful and however generous their gifting might be.
However, anyone who has no cotton handkerchiefs around might wish to give a donation to these children – who have literally nothing and no one in the world.
Here is a link to the Likoni Aids Orphanage donations webpage, which is safe and quick to use. It also carries information about the orphanage and what it hopes to achieve.
Donations will be used by volunteers on the ground to buy some toys, books, paint, cleaning supplies, clothes, etc. for the children and t be sure this way that they get them.
The children at the orphanage have very little – no books, no toys and most of the younger children have only 2 sets of clothes. Only 2 of the younger children have underwear…
Any donation however big or small will be hugely appreciated and will make an immediate difference to the quality of life of these desolate children.