Members of the 23rd Bromley Scout Group recently returned from an international scout expedition which saw them taking part in a seven day charity project in Kisii, with UK based charity Harambee for Kenya.
To prepare for and fund the trip, the troop had organised various fundraising events over an 18 month period. Not only did the money raised cover the costs of the expedition, but it also allowed the scouts to pay for two water butts for the house which will drastically reduce the number of trips the boys have to make to collect water from the river for cooking, cleaning and washing.
In addition, they scouts took 33 bags filled with 23kg of donations of shoes, clothing, towels, footballs, stationary and hand tools with them on the trip which were distributed locally.
Before arriving at the safe house, the scouts travelled to Nakuru, stopping off at the resting place of Scout movement founder Lord Baden-Powell where they renewed their promise.
The following day, they visited Nakuru National Park before beginning their work at the safe house.
Harambee, which is Swahili for ‘All Pull Together’, provides a place of safety for homeless Kenyan children where they can sleep, receive medical help, food and education.
While working with the charity at the Nyakoe safe house in Kissi, the scouts took part in project work including art classes, helped with general maintenance and even organised a traditional British sports day for the children.
They also built a barbeque, fitted entrance steps and painted walls during their time with the charity.
After their charity work had been completed, they set off on their seven-and-a-half hour drive to Camp Carnelley on Lake Naivasha where they took part in a walking safari and searched for hippos on the water.
For the final two days of the trip, the scouts headed to Rowallan National Campsite, and from there enjoyed a meal at Carnivore, and trips to the David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary and Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre.
Speaking about the Kenyan expedition, scout leader Alan Alexander said “The expedition has made a huge impact on not only the local children, but also our scouts.”
For more photographs from the 23rd Bromley Scouts’ trip to Kenya, please visit their expedition Facebook page.