Scottish teenager shares experience of volunteering in Kenya with Rotarians

Poppy Watson Kenya volunteer
Poppy Watson (centre) at a voluntary group meeting in Sutherland in 2018. Photo: Facebook/Voluntary.Groups.East.Sutherland

A teenager from the Scottish Highlands has been sharing experiences from her recent Kenya trip as guest speaker during a meeting of East Sutherland Rotary Club.

14-year-old Poppy Watson, who spent three weeks in Kenya last summer working on a variety of projects in slum areas with the Amuka Foundation and Kenya Scout Association, gave the Rotarians an insight into the hardships suffered by impoverished communities in Kenya.

The Dornoch Academy pupil recalled visiting a school with more than 60 pupils crammed into a tiny classroom and teachers so poorly resourced that they had to break pencils into four to give each pupil something to write with.

As a result of how she performed during the trip to Kenya, the Amuka Foundation have made her one of its Trustees.

According to Rotary club spokesman Alistair Risk, the members were impressed with everything Poppy had achieved at such a young age.

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