Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Plans to Offer Shelter; Family Helps the Homeless

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Plans to Offer Shelter; Family Helps the Homeless

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Byline: KRYSTA EAVES

A RETURN trip to Kenya has inspired a Teesside family to launch a project to help homeless people.

Emna and Shariff Din were shocked at the appalling conditions homeless people lived in after visiting the African country.

The pair, who emigrated from Kenya to Thornaby in 1974, visited an area outside of Mombassa, in 2009. But they were upset at how people, particularly older people, were forced to live off the street.

Shariff, a 66-year-old retired engineer, said: "It was terrible. They only had shade for their head, a blanket and one meal a day."

Emna, 59, added: "I felt so bad. I felt like I've got everything and they've got nothing at all."

So with the help of their daughter-in-law Halima, they have set up the Sahara Kenya Project, with the aim of building a homeless shelter for older people.

Mum-of-three Halima said: "Over here old people are looked after, but over there they're on their own. …

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