British Rotarian hoping new club will continue to support charitable projects in Kenya

Pauline Lowe outside toilet block
Pauline outside one of the toilet blocks.

After joining a new Rotary Club, member Pauline Lowe is hoping to elicit the group’s support for her ongoing charitable work in Kenya.

Along with her partner, Pauline recently joined the Rotary Club of Chipping Campden after moving from Eynsham in 2016.

When the pair were members of Eynsham Rotary Club, they partnered with the Rotary Club of Kilifi, a club Pauline founded in 1998 while she was working in Kenya.

Mariani Jan 2016
The opening of the boys’ toilets in Mariani.

For eighteen years, Pauline worked for the Wellcome Trust at their research centre in Kilifi, and still has a house there which the couple visit every year. This enables them to stay involved with the Rotary Club and also visit their joint projects in Kenya.

Rotary Club toilet plaque
A plaque on one of the toilets showing Rotary Club support.

Their first project with Eynsham Rotary Club was to connect six schools to mains water and provide them with storage tanks for them.

connecting water Geoff and Pauline
Through Geoff and Pauline’s fundraising, 6 Kenyan schools have been connected to mains water.

They subsequently applied for a Global Grant from Rotary International with a consortium of six clubs in the Oxfordshire district which enabled them to raise $43,000 to build toilet blocks in 5 schools in Kilifi District, mainly in the Ganze area.

Water Tank
The water tank which some of the couple’s fundraising provided.

Currently on another of their regular visits to Kenya, the couple are exploring the possibility of forming a consortium of Cotswold clubs to apply for a Global Grant, with the Rotary Clubs of Pershore and Evesham already having shown an interest.

Ganze 1 Jan 2016
The opening of the girls’ toilets in Granze, January 2016.

A fundraising event on April 27 at Chipping Campden School will raise much needed funds for projects and primary schools in Kenya.

Ceilidh fundraising poster
The poster promoting April’s fundraising event.

If you would like to attend, you can reserve your tickets by emailing plowekilifi@gmail.com.

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