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Kenya feel the love

06 October 2014

This Easter 19 students studying A Levels and Vocational courses including Construction, Health & Social Care, Travel & Tourism, Childcare and Uniformed Public services spent their two week break with UK-based organisation ‘African Adventures’ in Kenya. The group worked on community projects at two Kenyan primary Schools, Jubilee Academy and Destiny.

The Jubilee group constructed a security fence around the school perimeter and arranged for local builders to re-plaster three of the main classrooms which the group then painted.

The Destiny group helped the school to rebuild a number of classroom walls using local mud-based building techniques and also helped out with the children during classes.

 

Uniformed Public Services student Esmee Sturges was humbled by the experience:

“The experiences I got on this trip are unforgettable. Seeing how happy everyone was out in Kenya even though they barely have anything is inspirational. It made me sit back and realise all the things I take for granted in life, something so simple such as water.

“At the end of the trip the look on all the children’s and teacher’s faces is something I will never forget, they were so grateful for what we had done in their school. I am so glad I had the chance to take part in this experience.”

These projects provided invaluable support for these schools which have had very little maintenance work carried out for some years and which receive no support from their government. Neither school has electricity, running water or sanitation and the toilets consist of a hole in the ground. Most of the children have few clothes, receive one basic meal a day and many are orphans.

Mama Susan, the Head of Jubilee School, said:

“We really appreciated people taking an interest in and supporting our school. I feel re-invigorated and energised by having had the college group come here to work with us over the last two weeks.”

It wasn’t all work and the students did have the time to enjoy the natural beauty of Kenya during a safari to the Lake Nakuru National Park and trips to the Thomson waterfalls, an elephant orphanage, a giraffe sanctuary and to the equator.

Bracknell & Wokingham College offers A Levels in 19 subjects and Vocational courses in 21 subjects – come and find out more on Monday 13 May at our Information Evening for parents and prospective students, 6-8pm at our Church Road centre.

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