Alison works at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust research programme based at Kilifi, Kenya.
She is a doctor, researching prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children. Her research is community based, working with young mothers to improve infant feeding. Alison also co-ordinates a work-based bible study group and serves on the development committee of St Thomas’ Church. She chairs the management board of Upendo Orphans’ Support Project, a Methodist project assisting 62 orphans to stay at home with their extended families.
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The Advent season reminds us of the arrival of Christ – past, present and future. It’s the beginning of the church calendar and a time to anticipate and celebrate the true light, which gives light to everyone, coming into the world (John 1:9). Local churches are actively planning for socially distanced Christmas celebrations.
It would normally be the end of the Kenyan school calendar and the Upendo orphans’ project would invite family, guardians and supporters to a ‘Love Day’. They’d share feedback on the year’s activities, prizes would be presented to the children and we’d all have fun dancing and eating. The ‘Love Day’ and the Christmas party have been postponed and presents will be delivered to the families by tuktuk and motorbike, using the system we have developed for distribution of monthly food, soap and sanitary towel parcels since the onsite feeding programme was paused (see picture at top of page).
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