A ROTARY club has formed a link with another group in Kenya.

In addition to contributions to local projects, Chipping Campden Club is now planning projects in conjunction with local clubs in the district to support overseas initiatives, including Kilifi Rotary Club in Kenya.

On Thursday, August 23, Pauline Lowe, who has recently become a member of the Club, spoke about Kilifi Rotary Club of which she was a founder member in 1998.

Kilifi is north of Mombasa in Kenya with a population of 1.2 million in the County/123,000 in Kilifi Town, which has Pwani University and KEMRI Wellcome Trust Centre where Pauline had worked for 18 years until 2010. The Centre's work included research into malaria, which had over time dropped by 90%. The Club now has about 20 members, generally quite young.

Pauline returned to the UK in 2010 and joined Eynsham Rotary Club in 2011. After a clean water project in 2012 for Kilifi, Eynsham RC headed up a consortium that was successful in achieving a Rotary International global grant for the construction of 6 toilet blocks in 5 schools in Kilifi County. In all, some $45K was raised and the work was completed in 2017. Natural hazards such as floods, poor or non-existent roads, famine due to failed harvests, and a wet season from May to August all add to difficulties in providing help to Kilifi.