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Tom's Blog From Kenya

7 April 2017

The latest from our FITC trip to Africa.

The hard work is well underway for our group out in Kenya, as they have met the children from The Walk Centre in Nakuru and got busy with the tasks at hand.

Day Four: April 3rd

We'll have further updates soon, but our latest blog from Community Development Officer Tom Tayler reflects on Sunday's activities, as the group begin to settle into life in their African base.
Today was the day we had all been waiting months for. After another hearty breakfaast, which this time included some boiled eggs to fill us up, we were on our way.

We set off through Nakuru on a busy Monday morning and, as we turned off the main road, we approached our destination.

As we entered, we were greeted by a concrete/dust area, which was surrounded by one beautifully decorated classroom and another set of unfinished concrete rooms.

After our introduction to the site, our first job was to meet the children, which was one of the most fantastic experiences. All of the classes that we visited were so excited to see us and they even had each prepared some songs for us, which was brilliant.

Before we knew it, we had reached break time and we spent more time with our new friends. At the same time as this, we prepared the break time porridge, which every child received.

No sooner had break finished, but we were once again around the classrooms, which were small and dark, but beautifully decorated with the children's previous work.

We were once again in demand at lunchtime, as we helped serve all of those at The Walk Centre and a local partner school, whose older pupils return back for lunch.

The afternoon was a huge part of the day, as we visited the local dump site which is also a slum where many of the local children who attend The Walk Centre live.

There are not many words that do these moments justice but, as we walked up the steep hill towards the dump site, we all became quieter as we couldn't believe what we were witnessing.

Within a full on dump site, there was a huge community with homes made of scrap materials. There was a potent smell of sewage and children scavenging for whatever they could use.

If we ever see anything more shocking, I would be surprised but this emphasises the need for our project and what The Walk Centre offers.

We returned home after an emotional day with a quick stop at The Mall before dinner and cards. All of our thoughts were still with those we had seen at The Walk Centre and how they were spending their evenings.

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