Grantham charity is transforming lives in Kenya

John Asher took Trade Aid boxes to Kenya last month.
John Asher took Trade Aid boxes to Kenya last month.
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The founder of a magnificent Grantham charity which helps people around the world has just returned from Africa where he saw how his efforts are helping those on the ground.

Trade Aid was founded by John Asher via the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven with the goal of helping people help themselves, often in areas ravaged by natural disasters and civil war.

Mr Asher, of Fulbeck, has just returned from three weeks in Kenya where he delivered nine Trade Aid boxes packed with all the equipment needed to set someone up in business.

Mr Asher said: “We sent four boxes out last year so I was able to actually see those tools being used in the workshops to help train youngsters.

“We presented the new boxes to people who had finished school and were going home to set themselves up in business. It was quite a sight to see them leaving with the Trade Aid boxes, some carried by ox carts and some carried on their heads across the river!”

One Kenyan girl also received the unexpected gift of a mountain bike which was donated by Margaret Bentley of Great Gonerby.

John said: “I asked if I could give it to someone special and this girl lost her mother at birth and has been looking after her disabled family her whole life.

“She is now 16 and walks 7km from school every day so the bike is going to make a big difference to her. She was really happy with it and got on it straight away.”