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Retired Blakeney teacher turns personal journey into a mission to bring clean water to 10,000 people in Rwanda

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 December 2014

Claude Scott. Picture: Adrian Judd

Claude Scott. Picture: Adrian Judd

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While some 77-year-olds might consider slowing down to enjoy the finer things in life, retired teacher Claude Scott is planning his fifth trip to Rwanda in as many years.

Claude Scott's previous trips to Rwanda and Congo. Picture: Africa Glaven Mission Claude Scott's previous trips to Rwanda and Congo. Picture: Africa Glaven Mission

The Blakeney man will take a group of north Norfolk people to the African country next month with enough water filters to allow almost 10,000 people to benefit from clean water – thanks to fundraising in the UK.

They also plan to build a family home, and provide six community water filters to Congo, which has been made possible by £12,000 of fundraising.

“People have been very generous,” said Mr Scott. “The community has really got behind us.”

Mr Scott grew up in 
Congo with his missionary father, but it was a volunteer trip to neighbouring Rwanda that re-ignited his involvement in the region.

Claude Scott. Picture: Adrian JuddClaude Scott. Picture: Adrian Judd

That first trip took nine boxes of water filters to communities still reeling from the 1994 Rwanda genocide, but, with nine others from the Africa Glaven Mission, Mr Scott is taking 40 boxes this time.

The plan is to provide enough safe drinking water for half the population of Nkombo island, the poorest part of Rwanda.

Mr Scott said Rwanda Aid, a larger charity, saw this as a pilot project to which they will contribute the rest of the filters to cover the island.

“From small beginnings it has become quite a large project,” said Mr Scott, who is an assistant clergyman and governor of the Pilgrim Federation of Schools.

His first trip in 2010 saw him visit some of the churches established by his father seven decades earlier, which inspired him to return and train Christian pastors.

Mr Scott, who has three children and 12 grandchildren, travels with his wife Ethne, 69.

Each person has paid for their own travel and trip, so all donations will be spent on charitable projects.

To find out more visit www.africaglavenmission.wordpress.com

Are you planning a fundraising trip? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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