Suffolk volunteer follows in father’s wartime footsteps to support Action Aid project in Mombasa

Margaret Buttifant
Action Aid volunteer Margaret Buttifant.

A Suffolk woman is taking part in an Action Aid project in Mombasa this October which will see her work on building a support centre for women and children who have suffered violence and abuse.

Margaret Buttifant, from Bungay, said she is anticipating it will be a challenging experience, both emotionally and physically.

“In Kenya many women and girls are subjected to acts of violence, from domestic abuse to female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. The centre will enable girls and women to access physical, emotional and legal support, and give them confidence to speak out and seek justice, and enjoy their right to education,” she explained.

She is appealing for help to raise the £3,500 she needs to cover the cost of the trip and her contribution to the building materials.

Margaret decided to sign up to the project after being an Action Aid supporter for a number of year and because her father was stationed in Mombasa during the Second World War. 

“I would like to go and see where he was. In a way this project is continuing the work he was doing in the Army – his main role was setting up field hospitals,” she said.

Ms Buttifant, who also sponsors a child in Kenya, will be in one of two groups of 25 people going out to help build the centre, alongside local people.

If you would like to support Margaret’s fundraising, you can do so via her JustGiving page

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