As tour companies pull out of Kenya and disappointed tourists return home a Morley charity working in the area is warning its supporters that it will face increased pressures in the wake of the terror threats.
The Funzi and Bodo Trust, which works in poor communities close to the popular beach area of Diani, fears that its limited resources could be severely stretched as local people lose their income from tourism.
The charity, which is run from St Andrew’s Avenue, Morley, provides medical care, education and helps locals start small business ventures in villages where people live in mud huts and lack basic access to clean water and sanitation.
The founder and chairman of the Funzi and Bodo Trust, Ashley Peatfield, said: “This is the time of the year when large numbers of people rely on tourism to survive.
“The closure of hotels and the absence of tourists will hit those who work in low paid jobs in hotel or sell handicrafts to tourists.
“With that money they can just about feed their families.”
The Trust now expects to see more people seeking its help with large numbers relying on its clinics and health services as they become unable to pay for medical bills and is appealing for businesses to come forward and help and for individuals to donate what they can.
The charity will hold a collection of second-hand clothes on Saturday May 24 at St Peter’s Church Gildersome and is organising a folk night at the same venue on Saturday June 7 in an attempt to find additional and immediate funds .
Donations can be made to www.justgiving.com/funziandbodo with more details to be found at www.funzi.org.uk or through facebook FunziandBodoTrust.