This took us to February of 2006 and my return with Susan and another team from the south. Our one mistake was not to warn Father D’Ag (Founder and MD of Nyumbani) and Sister Mary Owens that we were bringing such a large donation with us. They were so unprepared for this that they hadn’t forseen such a huge wish list being completed and had to get their heads together to find other projects to put our money to. In all we spent around £17,500 on equipping five clinics with everything the volunteer doctors and nurses could wish for and felt that it wasn’t prudent to assign the rest of the money for now. Father D’Ag then told us about his plans for a complete eco-village for 1000 HIV+ orphans and their 250 grandparents which was about to be built in Kitui District about three and a half hours drive east of Nairobi. The houses were to be brick built in the African style in clusters of four. Right there and then I pledged to raise enough money to build a cluster of four. Crumbs! What have I done now I pondered. We had enough money left over for one house £7000.
D’Ag died suddenly in November that year knowing that I had enough money for two houses but was never to know just how Rotary District 1010 had taken his sick children to their hearts.
I spent the rest of that year doing umpteen talks and trying to get District 1010 to take on the project and I was thrilled when they did. Susan also raised awareness in Inner Wheel circles.