Our first ever Grads in Kenya cohort are back after renovating classroom facilities at a school in Nakuru, Kenya.
On Saturday 24th August, ten NCS graduates and four volunteering staff flew from Birmingham Airport to Nakuru, Kenya for a week, with the aim of renovating six classrooms to bring them up to the same standard as schools ran by the Kenya government.
They assisted in the development of one of the five partners schools we support on the annual Rams in Kenya trip each May.
Jubilee Academy has been at risk of being closed down due to the deteriorating building and unsafe cooking facilities on the premises. The group improved the structure of the building by replacing all 16 windows and 5 doors with metal frames providing a secure and safe environment for the pupils and teachers.
Additionally, last year’s Grad of the Year, Tom, was able to put his winning project into action by making a usable kitchen onsite for the staff to use. The invaluable renovations and work completed by our participants, along with the maintenance done by the Rams in Kenya group back in May, has resulted in the school being no longer in jeopardy of closing and the children have a safe, clean and better facilitated building to learn in.
The Grads in Kenya group were also able to experience the natural wonders that Kenya has to offer by visiting Nakuru’s National Safari where giraffes, white rhinos, lionesses, flamingos, water buffaloes and lots of baboons were showcased on a trip to never forget.
Grads in Kenya is a great addition to the four-week NCS programme that young people aged 16 and 17 take part in with the Trust over Summer. The programme’s intent is to build confidence, teamwork and employability activities, along with taking part in a two-week volunteering social action project.
Several local businesses have been integral to helping this first trip to happen – Albatross Cars are kindly supplying the transport to and from the airport along with a donation to help fund materials needed for the renovations. Other sponsors are Imperial, Sinfin Moor Social Club and Piper Catering.
Those interested in our annual Rams in Kenya trip can find out more here and all graduates from our NCS programme are already starting preparations for the second Grads in Kenya trip in 2020.