CHARITY EXPEDITION TO KENYA - SEPTEMBER 2012
This charity to Kenya was mainly aimed to help the local community build a better life. CMC Engineering has sponsored Samuel Moore, a student from London, United Kingdom to experience the amazing work and unforgettable that goes on to support these community. Read his story below:
I am writing to thank you once again for your kind generosity in sponsoring my charity expedition to Kenya. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience which not only resulted in helping communities to build a better life for themselves but has also provided me with invaluable skills and experience to support my own personal development as I move into further education. As promised, I have enclosed some photographs and an outline of my expedition for your perusal. The expedition itself lasted over a month and I have many stories to tell but I have tried to keep this brief as I know you are an extremely busy man.
During the expedition, we stayed at four camps; Camp Tsavo, Camp Shimoni, Camp Muhaka and Camp Kaya.
Camp Tsavo was a six hour drive from Mombasa and it was a secluded camp in an animal reserve. Here we covered animal welfare which included animal tracking (checking the health of animals and ensuring they were in the correct location). Whilst we were there we also undertook some work at two local schools in villages who were struggling to feed and hydrate both the children and staff. Here we built a flood defence wall, plastered a classroom and laid the foundations for another. We also helped to build welfare facilities and planted seedlings in the hope that the village would have a successful crop.
was a camp based near the ocean. Here we cleared land of litter and rubbish left by careless tourists and prepared the foundations and main structure for a restaurant which was being built in order to boost the tourist industry and in doing so provide much needed employment for the area. This was very hard work and involved removing rubble and transporting sand and supplies using an old wheelbarrow through the village to the worksite.
– here we undertook the majority of the work within the camp itself. We worked for six out of the seven days with the last day being our only rest day. The main objective here was to build a trench to house a grey water system. The work comprised of digging a ten foot deep by eight feet wide hole and a fifteen foot long trench to run alongside it. We also dug a four foot by six foot hole that was for a completely different water system. Grey water systems are designed to capture waste water (from washing, cooking etc) in order for it to be recycled for later use such in watering crops etc, which would obviously be a huge benefit for a community already lacking in regular supplies of water.
Muhaka and Kaya were both camps that were close to one another so in the evenings we would all go out, after a hard day’s work, and play the other camp at football. We would mingle with the local children to have a game for an hour every evening and here we got to know the local community and earn their respect.
We were at Kaya for a shorter amount of time but here was more hands-on in every way. Every morning we would have to do ‘water runs’ which involved taking a cart full of eleven jerry cans about half a mile down the road to a local water pump where we would have to pump water to fill jerry cans, each of them holding twenty litres and then carry them all back up the hill to the camp in the cart. At Kaya we also cleared land down the road near the sacred forest for the planting of seedlings and we dug some holes for chilli plants which the communities would eventually sell.
I have tried to keep this as short as possible for you but I hope it has given you an insight as to the amazing work that goes on to support these communities and it is certainly an experience that will be with me for the rest of my life.
Thank you once again for your generosity and support.