On my recent trip to Africa I was confronted and touched by the local people. They face struggles daily that we could never imagine, yet they never stop smiling!
On this trip I helped to build 4 houses for families in need in Kenya but could see how much more they still need, and I want to help so much more!
So I have decided to go back to Kenya in Feb 2018 for 6 months to teach English, raise health awareness and build some more houses.
If you have ever wanted to make a difference and change lives, this is how! I will be hands on with the local people directly and you will see exactly how you are helping.
Some of these families live in a small mud house with 6 people. Their woodfire kitchen fills the house with smoke, they have no running water, no electricity and use a drop toilet. Their lives are so different from what we take for granted. I work with Gathimba Edwards Foundation to build them bigger and better houses with shelter, space and kitchens separate from the main house.
The schools are run down with very little basic supplies for the students to use, the teachers that educate the children are not properly trained themselves (through no fault of their own) and although they do their absolute best, the education is sub-standard.
The Lee Sisters Foundation have helped me to connect with some regional schools I can teach at and have put me in touch with the Health Minister to help raise awareness of health issues with students and teachers .
During my time teaching in the schools I plan to have a strong focus on talking to the girls about women's health. As there is no formal sex education in the schools and so much misinformation, girls and women are left with little to no information about their bodies and general women’s health and sex education. With the help of Days For Girls I will be distributing reusable menstrual kits to girls and providing them with the information and education they need. Currently some girls’ in rural areas of Kenya take a week off school once a month to sit in a river as they have no other option.
Any donations I can get from caring, generous people like you will go towards:
- Vitamins and medicines needed in rural hospitals
- Building of a childrens home
- Text books for the untrained teachers in rural schools
- Books, pens and school resources for children
- Reusable menstral kits for girls who cannot afford their monthly needs
- Building supplies for new homes for families in need
- Toys, books and music for children in rural hospitals
- Land to build on
- Any further raised money will be donated to Lee Sisters foundation, Gathimba Edwards Foundation and Days for Girls
I will work with the teachers and the Minster of Health when I am there to identify any key issues the local people are desperately in need of. Some of the schools are surrounded by dumped rubbish, the playground of the children are next to a sewage pipe and can cause a lot of health issues. Any further funding will go toward improving these conditions.
Despite all of the hardships these people face daily, living off only $1.50 per day, they are always smiling and happy. When I was in Kenya I witnessed first hand how hopeful and grateful they are for what they do have. The smallest amount you donate will help make a difference to these deserving people.
I will be working hard myseld to save money and sell my belongings and car to support myself while I am in Kenya.
Thank -you so much for your support, the Kenyans and myself really apprciate it!