Jambo from Kenya!
It’s been a hugely-successful week in the Rift Valley, where I have been spending time with the Kenya team as our volunteer programme gets busier over the Easter period.
We brought everybody together on Tuesday to share some successes from recent trips and put further plans in place ready for our busiest-ever summer programme this July.
One particularly encouraging story I heard was at Love For All project. Arnold Wasonga, an 11-year-old former street boy, was taken in by Pamela Ngesa, the Project Co-ordinator, in 2014. She housed Arnold with their 13 other boarders and has worked closely with him over the past 18 months to help him get his life back on track after his mum died three years ago. Arnold recently scored an impressive 350 on his national Form 1 exam, where the maximum achievable mark is 500, which is a fantastic achievement considering he was not at school for almost two years.
Love For All itself is one of African Adventures’ great success stories. The project is now spread across two sites; one for nursey and one for primary. It now educates an incredible 305 students – up from just 68 children when we started working with them in 2013. Pamela had plenty to shout, fittingly on International Women’s Day.
Tom, our Projects & Foundation Co-ordinator at African Adventures, and I will be working together over the coming months to provide some more wide-ranging statistics to evidence our impact at the projects.
Separately, I am delighted to say that African Adventures has enjoyed its 7th birthday this week. The Kenya team enjoyed a BBQ to celebrate the milestone, which was great fun.
We’ve come a long way in a relatively short space and, as I said to the teams in Ghana, Kenya, Zanzibar and the UK respectively this week, I am very proud of what we’ve achieved together so far. To see the change that is happening at the projects is incredible but also the impact our trips have on volunteers never fails to drive the team on. You only need to look at our social media pages to see volunteers posting brilliant feedback and experiences.
With this in mind, everybody at African Adventures owes a huge thank you to our volunteers – past, present and future – whose efforts enable us to proudly say that we support thousands of children across Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar.
We have a lot more to do though, so here’s to the next seven years and beyond…