The pandemic has hit us all and many people working in the tourism industry across the world are now struggling immensely. When I was in Kenya in 2019, our guide and driver, Teddy, went above and beyond to assure our safety and a smooth trip. When I was unexpectedly left alone in Nairobi, he assured I had a safe place to stay, a way to get around, and meals available until I could get a flight home.
I have stayed in touch with Teddy since my trip and he is no stranger to the effects of Covid as a tourism worker. He is able to provide basic needs for himself and his 8 year old daughter, Trudy, but due to rising school fees and Teddy’s lack of work in his area of expertise, she is at risk of being expelled from school this term if her fees are not paid.
Education is the only way Teddy sees Trudy being able to succeed in life and since her mother abandoned her with him, he has worked incredibly hard to keep her in school. Now that tourism has virtually disappeared from Kenya for nearly a year, Teddy needs help to keep Trudy in school. I have been talking with him, trying to figure out ways to help and I offered up a GoFundMe idea to see if we could help pay for Trudy’s school fees for the spring term ($290 USD). In addition, Teddy is looking into getting passports ($50 USD each) to immigrate into another country this summer or fall, where he can not be as dependent on tourism for his source of income. He is looking at Canada, the Netherlands, or Australia for immigrant opportunities.
Help me keep Trudy in school and help secure a better life for her. I was hoping my friends would each be able to donate a few dollars and we quickly could raise enough to pay her school fees. To assure no fraud, I am handling the funds from GoFundMe and am paying them directly to her school fees. Thanks to everyone for considering this sweet little girls future.
- Cheryl Blake
- Margaret Long
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