My name is Rob Noble, and have lived in Haslemere for 5 years. I grew up in Muswell Hill, and when I married in 1976 I moved to Barnet in Hertfordshire.
25 years ago I was invited by a church pastor who was visiting England to stay with him and his family in North Kinangop. It was a wonderful experience staying in a mud hut and I noticed the people were very poor, but happy.
2 days into my stay I was taken by members of the local church on a journey to Naivasha to feed the street children. Within minutes the horror of the situation came to light. The first child we fed was very young and had a vacant look in his eyes. He took the food and the way he ate, it became obvious he had not eaten for a while. It was the same when we saw groups of children who formed an orderly queue and were polite, always thanking us for the food.
I spoke to a lady who had bought a plot of land for a Children’s home nearby. She needed funding for dormitories for the children. I felt so moved by what I had seen, and with the help of my church in Barnet Hertfordshire, we raised enough money to pay for more dormitories which were completed in weeks. I have continued supporting the home ever since with many different fundraising activities. Over the last 2 years. I am now working on paying for a bus to get the children to school.
I have used images donated by talented photographers and turned them into canvas prints and greetings cards. These have gone down well and raised money for the home. A successful exhibition was held at Haslemere Museum during the month of March 2018. New to our range is The Noah's Ark Print and Christmas cards
My thanks to photographers Simon Congdom (simoncongdon.com) for letting me use his 3 counties views photographs and to John Gamble for his wildlife pictures. my thanks also to Mary Kernutt for letting me use copies of her painting and donating 9 of her original water colours to my cause.