Thieves vandalise Worthing charity school in Kenya

A Worthing charity based in Kenya has had two doors stolen from a school it is building, in the second attack by thieves this year.

Doors were stolen from the classroom

Kids in Kenya was set up by Dave Cox and his wife Daisy, with the aim of improving education for impoverished children in the country.

Mr Cox, 47, who travels to the project in the village of Kikambala, Mombasa, twice a year, said: “I feel powerless being stuck here. It’s bizarre, you try to help out and this happens.”

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In addition to the stolen doors, a well was sabotaged which had been built in memory of Mark Berry, Mr Cox’s friend who died.

The well room, dedicated to charity worker Mark Berry, was vandalised

“You can look at it in two ways. The thieves are trying to survive. We are trying to help the community,” he said.

The half-finished school is being built with the help of locals and volunteers from the UK, and will provide education for up to 280 children. Mr Cox is calling for volunteers to help repair the damage and continue with the work, and needs £7,000 worth of donations to completely finish the school.

The total cost of the damage comes to around £150, just under half of what the charity has raised on its fundraising page.

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