We were delighted to welcome many visitors this July/August from two UK secondary schools, Christ's Hospital and The Weald. Each school sent a small team of youths interested in seeing what life was like on Kitale's streets and wanting to help out with the mobile school. Each school sent a small team along - they were all overcome with emotion and a few tears were shed (even the boys) but they really enjoyed the experience! They reported back to their colleagues who all decided they wanted to visit as well. So, every day, we had a small team of eager youths engaging in the mobile school and football games, fun and laughter, and the more serious focus group discussions with the the children and youths that we work with on the streets. This was not voluntourism. Both sides had a positive experience and enjoyed engaging with each other.
The children here were thrilled to have young people show interest in them and lose to them at football. Three football kits were donated to youth teams who had no kind of kit or uniform whatsoever and they are so happy! And the English school kids went home with a positive view of street children who are usually portrayed in a negative manner. And they all went home with a positive view of our work too. We also hope that what they experienced in that short time will have a long term impact on their view of the world and their chosen careers.
Thanks to all our visitors. Without you raising awareness, our battle would be that much harder!
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