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Project hoped to provide income for orphanage
Ireland: 'Wexford' strawberries being grown in Kenya!

The skills and knowledge of Wexford strawberry growers are being put to good use in a community in Kenya. Two Wexford volunteers recently taught the secrets of good strawberry growing to people at an orphanage outside Nairobi, helping create what is hoped will be a sustainable enterprise for the orphanage. It's hoped the income from the strawberry sales can help put food on the tables at the orphanage. Eileen Byrne from Murrintown, and originally from Cleariestown, and Emmet O'Leary from Castlebridge, travelled to Kenya with the Cork based aid organisation Humanitarian Volunteers recently, and worked at St. Paul's Children Care Centre. Eileen is a staff member at Tesco, Wexford, and has a background in Horticulture. She saw that strawberries were in high demand but in short supply in Kenya, and suggested this would be a good money earner.

Another volunteer, Margaret Carton from Offaly, who has strong Wexford connections, got in touch with well known Wexford strawberry growers John and Margaret Mernagh from Danescastle, to learn the secrets of the technology perfected in Wexford for growing strawberries. Emmet, who has a qualification in Architecture Technology, helped design strawberry growing troughs, which were built by locals, with local materials. Plants were then sourced in Kenya and propagated in the troughs. The trio then sponsored the setting up of the strawberry project which is hoped will make St. Pauls self-sustainable through ongoing income. Eileen and Emmett thanked all their family friends and colleagues who supported them in their fundraising efforts. The organisation is currently looking for two or three volunteers to go out to the same project on November 27 for two weeks, and if anyone is interested they can contact Denis at Humaritarian Volunteers 086 8520271 or Email


Publication date: 9/16/2011


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