The volunteering efforts of a Nottinghamshire man have helped make a difference to a group of disabled school children in Kianjai, a small village in drought-stricken central Kenya.
Ian Carr, a manager with Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services for disabled people, spent every spare minute sourcing recycled computers and unused desks and chairs from across the company and helped load them on to a Mombasa-bound container, which started its journey from his home village of Orston.
Ian chose to support the Friends of Kianjai charity, established by fellow Orston resident Caroline Newton, as part of Remploy’s ‘Be the Change’ initiative, which encourages employees to support charities and other organisations.
"I couldn’t have done this without the support of colleagues in Remploy who responded brilliantly to my pleas for redundant PCs and furniture. I spent a very cold but enjoyable day last December helping to load the 40ft container, which was shipped out to Kenya two days later and eventually arrived safe and sound in Kianjai in February."
A delighted Caroline Newton was in Kianjai when the container arrived. "We weren’t quite sure if all the items would still be in one piece after such a long journey, but thankfully they were," she said.
"Everyone in the village is tremendously grateful to Ian and Remploy for donating the computers, desks and chairs, which are now being put to good use. The support and time given to helping the charity is very much appreciated."
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Notes to Editors:
- In the last two years Remploy Employment Services has found more than 35,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
- Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment
- Employment Services has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
- It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and vocational rehabilitation services
- Remploy ES partners with more than 2,500 of the country’s biggest employers including BT, ASDA, Royal Mail,Sainsbury’s, the NHS and Marks & Spencer
- It operates a national network of more than 60 town and city centre recruitment branches and offices providing specialist recruitment and development services to job seekers.