Name ID 1407
Extract Author: Arusha Times Reporters
Page Number: No. 00250
Extract Date: December 14, 2002
A team comprising a popular British comedian, a professional chef and a film crew from a UK-based media corporation, has just completed a five day visit to Arusha and Moshi, pledging support to local street children.
The group consisted of Lenny Henry, a famous British comedian, Gordon Ramsey, a professional chef who runs his own restaurant in Britain and Kevin Cahill, the CEO of the UK based Comic Relief Charity.
The four were accompanied by a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) film crew which made a documentary film on the life and personal experience of local street children in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions.
The Arusha Times visited the team at their camp on the St. Theresa Catholic Parish grounds on Wednesday last week and found Gordon Ramsey displaying his cooking skills by preparing lunch to over 100 street children under the local Arusha Referral Service for Street Children Project.
The groupís tour to the Tanzanian northern regions is part of the earlier efforts towards the grand Annual Red Nose Day to be observed on the 14th of March 2003 throughout the United Kingdom.
Organised by the UK Comic Relief Charity, the Red Nose Day is a carefree day aimed at encouraging people to raise money that will help some of the poorest and most vulnerable people of Africa and UK.
Hosting the charitable visit of the UK team in Arusha and Moshi are the two street children oriented organizations of Friends of Kids in Difficult Situations (FOKIDS) Of Arusha, under the coordination of Shermin Moledina and Mkombozi Street Children Centre of Moshi.
Kate McAlpine of Mkombozi told the Arusha Times that, the team interviewed the local street children in Moshi filmed around them and provided them with meals.
Ms Moledina said since they formed the voluntary service of providing daytime meals to street children many people have come forth to pledge their voluntary supports and that they currently feedover120 children, four times a week.
Both Ms Moledina and McAlpine however pointed out that, the feeding programme is only a small part of their mission intended to be a way of reaching out to the street children.
Afterwards, the children who are ready are sent to local centres such as CCF, Rollingstone and Mkombozi and so far about 20 children (one being blind and one deaf) have already been put in schools while five young men (ex street children) have been secured employment.
The Friends of Kids have also paid for the care of two orphans. One of whom severely handicapped and have been providing warm clothing and shoes to over 120 street children.
Twenty other street children have been referred to centre based care . FORKIDS also advocates street childrenís rights.