Friends of Kipkelion founder addresses MPs and fellow campaigners about charity work in Kenya

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Friends of Kipkelion founder Michael Deriaz, joined fellow campaigners at the Health Heroes event at the House of Lords. Photo: Twitter/OneCampaignUK

The founder of UK based Kenyan charity Friends of Kipkelion, Michael Deriaz, addressed MPs and fellow campaigners last Wednesday (15 May) about his work supporting people living in the world’s poorest countries.

During the event, which was organised by anti-poverty group The ONE Campaign, ‘Health Heroes’ from across the UK were recognised for their work improving the well-being of people living in extreme poverty.

Mr Deriaz discussed his work setting up the charity in 2010  to support basic healthcare and educational projects in the Kipkelion District of Kenya, which includes the provision of clean water and sanitary facilities.

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The meeting heard about the Maternal Health project of Friends of Kipkelion. Photo: Facebook

Commenting on their Facebook page, the charity said: “It was a great opportunity to talk to MPs about the importance of grassroots health projects in developing countries. Impressive support from DFID minister Andrew Murrison, who is himself a medical doctor, and from Chairman of the International development Select Committee Stephen Twigg. Followed by a glass of House of Commons wine.”

MP for Richmond, Zac Goldsmith said: “It is fantastic that Michael was invited to Parliament to speak about the amazing work he and colleagues do to help others less fortunate. The support provided by the UK is a source of real pride for our country and long may it continue.”

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