Mercy Christian Children's Ministries International clearance sale at Murray Bridge will benefit Kenyan high school students

More than 20 years ago, Pastors Lindsay and Sally Lockwood had a dream to build an orphanage to care for children in Kisumu, Kenya.

After travelling to Kisumu and seeing the desperate situation of abandoned children, they knew they needed to help as much as they could.

They established and registered Mercy Christian Children's Ministries International (MCCMI) and set about raising funds for the needy.

The dream of housing, feeding, clothing and educating would give these precious children a chance to have a good life, and so Mercy Children's Home was birthed on land purchased in Kisumu.

Educating was a clear priority, but it was in nearby schools.

Since the passing of Mr Lockwood three years ago, new board chairman Rowan Mumford has worked tirelessly with "Mama Sally" and the board to continue the vision and help it to grow.

After many months the proposed establishment of a school on MCCMI's orphanage grounds has been approved by the Kenyan government and education department.

It will begin as a high school to provide for the many disadvantaged children in the area, as well as the Mercy children, who could not otherwise get an education past primary school.

The ministry was given an old school that was using an abandoned building, but months ago was condemned and had to be demolished.

The children then moved onto the Mercy compound, into a tiny house, to continue their studies.

At least 50 children need rooms to sit and do their work.

MCCMI Academy is about to be birthed, with the first buildings due to start in weeks.

But funds are desperately needed.

To raise the funds, there will be a massive clearance sale of furniture and goods at the home of the founders, the mission shop on Ashbrook Road, Murray Bridge, on Saturday, starting at 9am.

At 12 noonmost goods will be reduced to half price to help raise the funds quickly.

Just two weeks ago MCCMI re-established its tax deductibility status, so anyone making a donation to the work can now claim it back in their own tax returns.

Volunteers are still needed to man the sale and help wherever possible, as Mrs Lockwood has health issues and can't do the heavy work now.