UK based Kenyan charity Out of Afrika are hosting some of the generous supporters of their child sponsorship programme from Cornwall and Dorset.
While in East Africa, the visitors have visited an ICT college to see where donations of books and IT equipment end up and met some of the fire fighters and EMT’s whose fire engines and ambulances originate from the UK.
They have also spent time 48 of the sponsored students which proved an emotional experience for one family from the UK who were thrilled to meet students they support.
As well as seeing the work of the charity first hand, the group have taken the opportunity to visit the Karen Blixen museum in Nairobi, to explore the home of the Out of Africa author and learn about her life in Kenya.
They also took time to visit a Kazuri beads workshop. This fair trade organisation was started by a British family and employs over 300 single mothers to make beads which are sent all over the world, including John Lewis in the UK.
Yesterday, while some of the group headed out to the Masai Mara for a 3-day safari, Kerry returned to the ICT college to meet with some of the sponsored college students there who are studying vocational courses in disaster management, mechanical engineering and IT.
All of them expressed their thanks to their sponsors for helping them get this far in their education.
Out of Afrika’s child sponsorship programme has seen many children benefit since the charity launched the initiative, with many receiving a good basic education and going on to secondary education and even college/university.
To find out more about the charity’s child sponsorship programme, please visit the Out of Afrika website.