Bungay Rotarian has a room at a new school in Kenya named after him

Evan McDaniel beside the plaque.

Evan McDaniel beside the plaque. - Credit: Archant

A Bungay Rotarian has just returned from Kenya where he has had a room at a new school named after him.

Evan with some of the children from the Massai village.

Evan with some of the children from the Massai village. - Credit: Archant

Evan McDaniel, who has been a member of Bungay Rotary Club for three years, has built up a god relationship with a Massai warriors village near Nairobi over the past few years, visiting it several times.

He has also been bringing groups of warriors to England, where local communities have enjoyed their culture, and vibrant singing and dancing displays.

It culminated in Mr McDaniel, who lives in Flixton, doing a sponsored skydive at Ellough airfield near Beccles to raise money for the school being built in the village of Olipolas by the Osiligi Warriors Trust.

The amount he raised, £3000, paid for most of the cost of adding another classroom and more places for children of the village to enjoy learning.

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On his latest trip Mr McDaniel was there to see a plaque unveiled noting his contribution to the project, and he said it was a proud moment for him.

'I felt honoured. It was overwhelming to see the plaque there, and more importantly know that it has enabled more children to go to school there,' said Mr McDaniel, who is 30 and a landscape gardener, working for his father, Chris.

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Work on building the school was planned from 2010 and started in 2011, with the first phase completed in 2012, and included four classrooms. Mr McDaniel's classroom was one of four further classrooms completed this year.

The school site also includes a new doctors' surgery provided with donations from Bournemouth Rotary Club.

Now, 150 children from the village, all eager to learn, go to the school and Evan said there would be a lot more once more facilities can be added.

So committed are the children and teachers that all the school books and pupils' work are locked in a safe during holiday time as they feel they are so precious.

Mr McDaniel travelled to Kenya with Roger and Helen Purnell, from Devon, who are trustees of the charity. They were welcomed at the school by Richard, the Massai chief of Olipolas.

Evan now plans to do more for the village and the school in the future, planning more trips out there.

At the Rotary district 1080 annual conference in October Mr McDaniel brought a troupe of Massai Warriors, who were visiting England again, to entertain delegates, who were also told of the efforts being made in their country to improve schooling and education.

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