Bringing Christmas to Kenya 2011
In December 2011, members of Timu Rafiki hosted an expedition to Kenya for 25 Explorer Scouts as part of the Explorer Belt Award. During the expedition the team will undertook building work at the Siaya District Camp Site, celebrated Christmas with over 150 children and confirmed a new partnership between Scouting in London and the Kenya Scouts Association.
The Explorer Belt Award is for 16-25 year olds, promoting adventure and self-reliance in an international environment with a focus on learning about the country they are visiting with a ‘hands on’ approach. During a 12 day stay, the group worked towards projects they have chosen, planned and organised during regular preparation evenings and weekends from April 2011 until departure.
Here are just some of the projects undertaken by the young people during the expedition:
- Working in orphanages and schools supporting workers/teachers
- Identifying the value of sport in Kenyan society – organising sports days for local scouts, communities and schools/orphanages, teaching English games like rugby and learning some local sports
- Arranging a day camp for local scouts and exchanging skills
- Identifying the challenges faced in everyday life by spending time with a variety of families, helping them in their day to day work.
- Helping with local renovation projects of community buildings
The team also “sharing Christmas with the people of Kenya” in a particularly impoverished area where they will be stationed, providing traditional roast dinner, gifts and decorations.