In July 2016, a group of 30 Explorer Scouts from Lewisham will undertake a three week expedition to Kenya. Their aim? To make life better for others.
They will be working with street children in Meru, north of Nairobi; children whose parents are dead, or who aren't wanted, and are forced to live on the streets. These children, often as young as 5 or 6, scavenge for food in skips and turn to sniffing glue, which results in crime and them beocming dependent on gang lords.
Our expedition team will take these children off the streets and take them to a safe house that we assisted with building in previous expeditions. Working with a charity called Harambee for Kenya, the expedition team will give these children shelter, food and a chance for an education.
Over the course of their expedition, they will turn the Kenyan street children into a scout group, undertake activities with and introduce them to other street children that a previous expedition had turned into scouts.
This expedition will do two things - it will change the lives of those young people from deprived areas of Lewisham that are going, and it will change the lives of Kenyan children currently living on the streets - a thoroughly worthwhile cause.