Kernow House, Kenya

Pennoweth has links to Kernow House in Kenya. Our association began when Mr Adams, our head teacher visited Kernow House in 2011 and since then we have learned a lot about the lives of the children in Likoni and raised nearly £500 a year to support the Three Bears Project. The Three Bears Project provides a daily bowl of porridge to every child in the pre school as well as some 'street children'. This may be the only hot meal they may eat that day and it is certainly helping the children attend school, concentrate and learn.

The Child of Mercy Orphanage Centre (COMOC) is home to 21 children aged 4 – 14 and situated next to Shelley Beach, which is south of Mombasa across the Likoni Ferry. It is supported by Aid4orphans, a UK registered charity based in Cornwall. Peter and Venessa Bragg, who run Aid4orphans, are also trustees of COMOC and own Kernow House, where the orphanage is based.

The children that live there have been either orphaned, abandoned, neglected or come from families that live in such poverty that they are just unable to care for them. They live as one big happy family and are well cared for, attend school and grow in a stable environment.

The house is set within a half acre walled plot with poultry area, a cow shed housing a cow and her offspring and a vegetable plot and space for the children to play games. It is a few minutes walk to the beach, ten minutes from the school and about half an hour to the large supermarket back across the ferry in Mombasa.

During Easter 2017, two members of staff will be travelling to the orphanage to stay and help out. They will come back with stories about the children and information about life in Kenya. We look forward to Miss Delaney and Miss Tonkin returning and telling us all about it.

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