“There are tablets against malaria,” says Detlev Dreistein, “but there is nothing you can do when you’ve been bitten by the Kenya bug.” And he knows what he’s talking about. In 1985 he went on a diving holiday in Kenya, and since then, the country and its people have become part of his life.
His tour guide took care of street children. Dreistein only discovered this years later. He then he did what a WACKER firefighter always does: help. And help was urgently needed after Leila, the tour guide, was given a large piece of land by a wealthy hotel owner. An orphanage with dormitories and a recreation room called “Children of the Rising Sun Home” was built there – not a mud hut, but a solid building made of coral stone and cement with a tin roof.
Funds are needed not only for the upkeep of the orphanage, but also for child care. Detlev Dreistein’s main task in Germany is to find people willing to sponsor the orphanage or to join the child sponsorship program – €62 a year covers a child’s basic needs. In February every year, he organizes a trip to Kenya for interested parties and supporters. “I travel with a group of eleven or twelve people and show them the country off the beaten track – far from the usual tourist routes,” explains the fifty-eight year old.