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ShelterBox crib for newborn baby
Louise Kimani and Greg Rogers
Greg Rogers phoned the Royal Cornwall Hospital for medical advice
A Cornish-based charity is celebrating the safe arrival of a new baby - born in one of its tents in Kenya.

ShelterBox has created a camp at Nakuru in the Rift Valley, to help some of the thousands of people displaced by civil unrest since disputed elections.

Among them was pregnant schoolteacher Louise Kimani who fled when her home in Kericho was burned to the ground.

Her baby was born in one of the first tents erected and one of the charity's boxes is being used as a crib.

Mark Pearson, from ShelterBox, said the first response team had managed to put up 200 tents in 48 hours, with the help of Rotary International and local scouts.

He said priority is given to the most vulnerable.

"Louise and her husband Paul had been sleeping rough after being burnt out of their village," he told BBC News.

"It's been raining every day and it gets really quite cold at night, so they were in desperate need of shelter."

Louise Kimani and baby Favor
Mrs Kimani protects Favor's ShelterBox crib with a mosquito net

When Mrs Kimani went into labour, ShelterBox's Greg Rogers contacted a friend back at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for medical advice and help.

"Everything went well and the baby was born in safety inside the tent," Mr Pearson said.

"She's doing brilliantly - sleeping a lot and feeding really well."

The baby has been named Favor, after Mrs Kimani said she was a favour from God.

About 4,000 people are now in the camp and another 200 ShelterBoxes have been sent out and should arrive by the weekend.

ShelterBox Kenya
About 4,000 people have arrived at Camp Henderson

The Nakuru settlement has been named Henderson Camp, after ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson from Helston.

The people at the camp are Kikuyu tribe members from Eldoret, Kitale, Kisumu and Burnt Forest.

The boxes are designed to enable a family of up to 10 people survive for at least six months and contain a 10-man tent, sleeping bags, a multi-fuel stove, cooking equipment, tools, mosquito nets and water containers.

Each box costs the charity about 490, which includes, contents, packing, distribution and delivery.

Shelter has been given to more than half a million people in about 40 countries around the world hit by disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes, hurricanes and wars.

The charity was set up by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard. Aid is distributed from its base in Cornwall, but it is now also supported by Rotary affiliates in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and the US.

See baby Favor Kimani in her ShelterBox crib

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