A Somerset village charity is celebrating 20 years of partnership with a village in Watamu.
Back in 1999, following a family holiday in Kenya, Mark Orchard returned to Dabaso with a team of builders to build 3 new classrooms for the local Primary School.
During his trip, it was suggested that the Somerset village of Hutton and the Kenyan village of Dabaso could be twinned. Mark presented the idea to the local Parish Council who, after much discussion, agreed and the Hutton-Dabaso Twinning Association was formed.
In November of that year, following a twinning ceremony in Hutton, over 40 people set off to Dabaso to formalise the twinning there.
Since then there have been a number of visits and communications between the two communities that have been strengthened by the use of modern technology. Links have been built with the Churches, the Primary School, the village councils and friendships built.
Through Hutton’s twinning association with Dabaso, children have been supported and a medical centre and a well have been built.
The health of the Kenyan villagers has improved with the help of two nurses who are on hand to provide care and support.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, a team from Hutton are flying out to Kenya from Cardiff Airport where they will stay at the All Inclusive Turtle Bay Beach Club in Watamu from where volunteers able to their services in Dabaso as often as they like during their time in Kenya.