A group of Somerset Scouts have returned from a ten day trip to Kenya which saw them volunteering at three Nakuru schools.
Fundraising prior to the trip has paid for two month’s worth of food for Melon Mission and Little Kings, including fruit for all the children at the latter and food for five orphans to have at home. The scouts also dug out a vegetable patch for Little Kings which it is hoped in time will provide them with some home-grown food.
The 35 scouts also got their paint brushes out to give a new coat of paint to the front of the Nursery School at Melon Mission and the walls of 2 classrooms at Little Kings.
They also used the skills they have learnt through their time in the organisation to build a climbing frame, swing, basketball net and circle time area for Melon Mission where they also planted flowers and trees.
Lots of creative activities were taught to the children and the group worked closely with the teachers sharing and learning new skills. Two of the scouts even funded the staff at Melon Mission to go out for a team dinner.
A generous amount of sporting equipment was donated by the scouts which was used throughout their trip and during a sports day for Silver Bells who went head to head in a football match with Melon Mission which ended in a 2-2 draw.
The Scouts took over 30 cases of donations for the schools and their pupils. These were full of clothing, footwear, educational and sports materials. The Scouts took part in teaching, maintenance, painting, landscaping and running sports activities, to name a few.
They also took the opportunity to link up with the Melon Mission Scout group.
It wasn’t all work for the visiting scouts who also enjoyed a safari as well as visiting Thomson’s Falls and the Menengai Crater in the Great Rift Valley.
Trip organisers Younique Travel Adventures were full of praise for the visiting scouts, saying: “This group are a credit to young people and just blew us away with their resilience, skills and want to make a real difference to all the children they met. We hope this is just the beginning of a long lasting partnership with this incredible organisation.”