Link Murang'a

linking Cambridgeshire with Kenya

By Ann Barnes

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Link Murang’a is a group that is a part of the PCCs of both Holy Trinity Church in Meldreth and All Saints in Melbourn.  It is quite simply a link, a fellowship between those two parishes and the Diocese of Mt. Kenya Central in Kenya, which is run by a small committee answerable to the PCCs.   It came into being in 1998 following a stay in Meldreth by the Bishop, Dr. Julius Gachuche, prior to his attending the Lambeth Conference.

While the main purpose and raison d’etre of Link Murang’a is to maintain contact and fellowship with the diocese, it is also there to support the community work done by the church in that part of Kenya.  Our original aim was to sponsor a number of young women through a three-year motor mechanics training course being run by the church, but over the years we have expanded our brief, and have funded the building of a water tank at the training institute, and the building of two teachers’ houses there, together with a borehole, pump and water tanks in a very arid part of the diocese where the only water supply was a river some two hours walk away for many of the villagers.  We are currently fundraising for a new dispensary in a remote village where the health needs of the community are not at present being met.

In 2010 the current Bishop, Isaac Ngang’a, came over to UK specifically to visit our parishes, and spent ten days here, meeting folk, giving talks, preaching and visiting Cambridge and Ely Cathedral.  And during the last ten years four groups from Melbourn and Meldreth have visited Murang’a, the town in which the diocese is centred, thus consolidating and strengthening the link and the fellowship.  These visits have also enabled us to see first hand how the money we have sent out has been used, and to appreciate the impact such help has had on the local communities.

The committee of Link Murang’a consists of seven members, with David Hollamby in the Chair, and Karen Lillie as Treasurer.  The post of Secretary is currently vacant.  Other members of committee are Bernice Gregory, Ruth Hopper, Karen Cook, Sue Cane and Ann Barnes.

For further information on Link Murang'a, please contact David Hollamby on (01763) 261082 or Karen Lillie on (01763) 261885 or by email.

A map showing the location of Murang'a in Kenya

This page was added by Karen Lillie on 16/03/2011.

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