Retired Isle of Wight man shares experience of voluntary work at Nanyuki school

Chris Orchin in Kenya
Chris Orchin with Abdikadir at the Queenstar school.

Chris Orchin from the Isle of Wight has recently returned from his second trip to Nanyuki, with Projects Abroad UK, where he has been teaching children at a school run by the Queenstar Community Organisation.

Many of the 37 children at the school, aged up to nine years old, will miss out on further education due to funding, but before leaving for Kenya, Chris and friends managed to raise more than £500 to support the school. His wife, Sue, and her friends are also offering their support by making clothes for the children to wear.

Following discussions with the Queenstar project manager, it was decided to use the money raised to build a chicken enclosure and buy some chicks which could provide eggs for the pupils’ school dinner, which for many is their only meal of the day.

It is hoped that the chicks will eventually produce a surplus of eggs to allow the children to take some home with them at the end of the school day.

Travelling to Nanyuki with Projects Abroad UK gives volunteers the opportunity to gain practical teaching experience while helping disadvantaged students’ improve their English. Volunteers work as assistants in public schools, and support local teachers in the classroom. 

During their time in Kenya, volunteers learn more about the schooling system in the country and while their main role will be teaching English, they can also assist with extracurricular activities like sport and art.

For more information on volunteers trips to Kenya, please visit the Projects Abroad UK website.

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