Red tape strands couple's adopted children in Kenya

Tanya Jones with a photo of two of her adopted children talks with Kath Patterson about their fundraising efforts for a Kenyan orphanage.
Tanya Jones with a photo of two of her adopted children talks with Kath Patterson about their fundraising efforts for a Kenyan orphanage. Nev Madsen

FOR four heart-breaking years, Tanya and Weldon Jones have tried to bring their three adopted children from Kenya to Toowoomba.

To date, red tape in both countries has thwarted their efforts, but they are not about to give up.

"Weldon and I have been over to Kenya a number of times," Mrs Jones explained.

"We have three adopted children in the orphanage - Eli who is 10, Page, 4, and Darcy, 3, - we even got to name the two youngest ones.

"It's been a long, emotional struggle, but until the laws change in both countries they have to stay over there."

The orphanage has 90 abandoned boys and girls and provides a safe home, clothing, meals and education but the home lacks in facilities.

"There's only one cold water tap outside and everyone has to bathe under that," Mrs Jones said.

"But they are the most happy, friendly kids and they really appreciate our help."

Until the Jones' can bring their children to Toowoomba, they are determined to do what they can to make life easier for all the orphans.

To that end, Mrs Jones and friend Kath Patterson are holding a Mega Charity Clothes Sale at the Church Hall, cnr Stenner and Ramsay Sts in Toowoomba from 8am to 3pm Saturday, September 21.

"It's Carnival of Flowers Day so people will have time before the parade to come along and get some great bargains.

"We have thousands of donated items of pre-loved children's and adult clothing, retro gear, jewellery, shoes, wall hangings, books and designer labels.

"Everything is top quality.

"All money raised will go to the orphanage which is trying to build a new building to house the children."



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