Clare and her crew will help her school in Africa

Clare Muir''Wamba Community Trust
Clare Muir''Wamba Community Trust

THE creator of a charity that has helped scores of poverty-stricken Africans will join 13 school children in an aid mission next year.

Clare Muir, co-ordinator of the Swan Youth Centre in Berkhamsted High Street, set up the Wamba Community Trust in 2005.

Last year, she took a dozen of her teen club’s members to the Kenyan village after which her charity is named.

The party, all aged between 16 and 18 and pupils at Ashlyns School in Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, raised £4,000 to fund a water reservoir for Wamba, which they then flew out to build.

The new build means African youngsters living there no longer have to walk for miles before and after school to get water.

Clare said she was always talking about her charity to the Swan Youth Centre members.

She said: “They were so interested in what I was doing in Kenya and just said: ‘Look, we want to raise money to help ourselves.’”

They staged gig nights at the venue to help Clare’s charity, and helped out with her regular fundraising coffee afternoons and car boot sales in Berkhamsted.

Twelve more pupils of Ashlyns School will now take part in a similar trip next year.

They will have to raise £3,000 to help the school Clare’s charity founded.

The 130 African children that go to it had previously taken their lessons underneath a tree in Lentanai village near Wamba.

The Ruby Pre-School, named after Clare’s daughter, now has a classroom, which Clare and Ruby visit every year. Ruby also teaches the youngsters English there.

But there is not a single toilet at the site.

As well as building a toilet and kitchen for it, the Ashlyns School pupils will next year supply it with guttering and a water tank.

They will also buy school uniforms, exercise books and pencils for its 130 children at the school.

Clare said: “As a child from five or six all I wanted to do when I was older was live in a little mud hut and help the children in Kenya.

“Following the death of my nan Daisy, when she left us some money, there was one thing I wanted to do, and that was to go to Kenya.”

Dickson Lemelita was her tour guide during the 2005 safari trip with her mum Pat and daughter Ruby.

The Samburu tribesman told her about how poor people are in his hometown, Wamba, but how desperate they are to receive an education.

Clare said: “I feel it was my destiny to meet Dickson and set up this charity.”

Now Dickson tells her all of the things the village needs so Clare can find the cash to buy them. The town school is one of achievements of their partnership.

The Wamba Community Trust is currently funding the secondary education of eight African girls who would not have been able to pay for it privately.

For more information, contact Clare on 07941 470 066, email claremuir311@btinternet.com or visit www.wambacommunitytrust.co.uk