Doctor on Kenyan water mission
DOCTOR Marty Hancock is looking forward to his holidays despite the prospect of accommodation in a thatched roof mud hut and a lack of shower facilities.
Floodplain management officer for Tweed Shire Council, Dr Hancock has volunteered to assist a remote rural Kenyan village called Obambo-Kadenge install a water filtration system.
The $38,000 project is being financed through a special program supported by the Tweed community, council staff and local businesses.
Dr Hancock flies out to the Kenyan capital Nairobi on March 2 for three weeks during which he will help set up the filtration system.
"It's very rural, very remote. The nearest town with shops is 15 kilometres away," he said.
"I have pictures of the houses, mud-brick with thatched roofs.
Dr Hancock will also take time to catch up with 11-year-old Samuel Mwangi who last year spent six months in the Tweed learning English and improving his soccer skills, sponsored by council staff.