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Last updated: 23 July 2016    11:52 AM

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Triangle Project

This project was started 15 years ago in an attempt to make a difference to the education and health of the people of Timboni, Kenya. The community have worked diligently to produce a ten-classroom school in the heart of the Mzizima forest and a self-help dispensary which takes free medical treatment to the local communities.


Our Minister Andrew and his family accompanied Julie and Cec Jones (who started this project) on a visit in early 2012. Below is Andrew’s account of the trip.


As part of the sabbatical we were especially excited and grateful to be able to visit the north east coast of Kenya and see at first hand the work of the Triangle project. For over 10 years Chepstow Methodist Church and friends have been supporting the project. From small beginnings there is now a 10 classroom school with over 600 pupils in Mzizima and a Dispensary (self-help health centre) in Timboni offering a wide range of services to the local community. Both parts of the work serve some very poor people.


 Until we arrived we had perhaps not fully appreciated the significance of the Triangle project, in particular to the people who make use of the clinic and the school. The gratitude of local people who came to welcome us, who danced and sang for us, who gave us hospitality was overwhelming. Hundreds of lives have been changed – some have been saved – because of the Triangle project.


 Especially impressive is that all the work is managed by local people. A committee of local folk had the vision for what was needed by the local community. Their sheer hard work and dedication has made the whole thing possible. Local people cut down trees and dug foundations by their bare hands to start the building. Local people seek out the poorest and those in greatest need, local people work give hundreds of hours of voluntary time to make sure the work thrives.


 At the school we saw how much education matters to children in the developing world. It perhaps helped our children appreciate the opportunities they had. Suzy and I were so proud of how our girls got stuck in and made friends with the pupils and how they learnt so much about what really matters.

 At the clinic we met the women’s co-operative. Women who have so little have come together to support each other set up small business initiatives and other schemes to build independence. In the fight against poverty it is widely accepted that the empowerment of women is crucial and we were encouraged to see this is at the heart of the Triangle project. Amongst the services offered by the clinic is maternity provision and baby health schemes. They are also providing crucial care for people living with HIV / Aids in addition to family planning. This work, and the treatment of people with malaria, would be greatly enhanced by the presence of a lab technician since early diagnosis leads to more successful treatment. The committee were also keen to secure their own water supply since official sources are erratic with water companies often neglecting their duties to poorer communities. We promised to consider what we could do about this when we got back to Wales.


 The poverty in Kenya was very real and challenging. Yet we were also challenged as to our own challenges. We were confronted with the truth that our lifestyles in the UK are spoilt and indulgent. We have so much stuff, we value things over people. We returned eager to live more simply – not just so we could share more but for our own good. We are not consumers we are creatures. The communities we met in Kenya have strong priorities. They have time for each other, they have time for God. So often in our busyness in the UK these are the first thing we loose sight of. Our trip has challenged us to get a grip of what matters. For all the gratitude expressed by those who are part of the Triangle Project, we were the ones most blest!

Rev Andrew Webster

One of the strengths of Triangle is that we know every penny given goes to where it is needed due to our partnership with a local hotel and its community development department. We can give with confidence. We would like to continue to pay the salaries of two teachers at the school(£90 per month) as well as the salary of a part time lab technician at the clinic (£30 per month). Furthermore the one off cost of building a secure water supply is £1,000.

People can make one off donations or make a regular standing order.

Contact:

Julie and Cec Jones

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