The British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) Force Protection Platoon have taken some well earned time out from their security duties to continue to develop strong community bonds in Nanyuki with some of the local children.
Commanded by Lieutenant Tommy Westlake, the 16 person team from 2 Rifles spent their weekend carrying out a community engagement task at CEDC (Centre for Exceptionally Deprived Children) and the Nanyuki Muslim Primary School on their final tasks before handing over force protection duties to 1 Rifles.
After taking care of a number of maintenance jobs which needed completing at CEDC, including painting and general refurbishment of the existing infrastructure, they handed over football strips which had been donated by Wolverhampton Wanderers and a number of books.
According to BATUK, these were a “huge hit with the children and were very well received.”
Football was also a theme on the next stop at Nanyuki Muslim Primary School where the platoon organised and took part in a game. The school fielded a talented team and the match proved to be a closely fought competition with the scores finishing level at 4 goals each.
On their Facebook page, BATUK said the weekend’s community engagement project “enabled the outgoing soldiers the opportunity to experience the warm Kenyan community spirit and help out some children that are genuinely less fortunate than themselves. BATUK thank the team for their efforts and wish them the very best for the future.”