I have the privilege of co-ordinating the Mentoring work here at Regenerate. If you have been keeping up to date with our news feeds you’ll see we recently went to Kenya and so I want to tell you a little bit about the trip and the impact it had.
Regenerate has been running international volunteering trips for young people since it began in the year 2000. This has included trips to South Africa, Romania and Kenya. We see these trips as two fold; firstly it’s a wonderful way to support international projects and build relationships with people there so that we can be of any help we can. Secondly, it is a rich learning experience for all who go. These trips help to create inspiration, hope and a sense of purpose. Many young people come back with the motivation to make positive life changes.
We have been supporting Sure24 a project in Nakuru, Kenya for many years now. Sure 24 is a children’s home and a school that works with children who previously lived on the streets in conditions of extreme poverty. During this February half term, we took a team of 21 people including young people from our mentoring programme and their mentors, young adults from our enterprise hub as well as volunteers from Standard Chartered bank who were amazing in raising sponsorship for the trip.
The group was split into two. One group was made up of young people under 18 years old and their mentors and staff, the other group consisting of those from the enterprise hub as well as their mentors and Standard Chartered staff. The older group spent the first few days in Nairobi helping withThe Feel Good Bakery feeding program whist the younger group headed straight to Nakuru (3 hours from Nairobi) to volunteer at Sure 24. There we helped run drama workshops and sports lessons we painting classrooms in the school and ran a sports day for the whole School. We were also lucky enough to help out in the nursery class! We also spent a day at RaisetheRoof project where the team built chicken coops for local families who were starting their own sustainable business’.The young people from Regenerate should be very proud as they served with dedication, passion and kindness throughout the time there. It’s not easy to come to a place you’ve never been before and get stuck in to running lessons, playing games and learning Swahili!
It was also inspiring to be around the Sure 24 children, their joy for life was contagious and their hospitality and kindness touched all of our hearts. If there was one thing that stood out for me it was watching our young people from Regenerate. When I was tired I was tempted to go inside and have a rest I’d see the dedication of our young people who kept playing with the children .
I want to thank everyone who made the Kenya trip possible, particularly Standard Chartered Bank who sponsored the trip and the volunteers who joined us. I would also like to thank everyone at Sure 24 and the project in Nairobi for hosting us so well and giving us a wonderful week.
Also a massive thank you to all of you who support Regenerate and follow our story. You contribute to making it all happen and these trips couldn’t happen without you.
Stay tuned for more photos and videos from the trip! …Louise Mary
All Photography by Nahwand Jaff: Instagram.com/nahwand_jaff