My name is Cecilia and I am a theatre student based in London. I have decided to open this project following a short trip that I made to Africa where my mother and I traveled into the villages of Kenya. After our travel we have decided to help these people in any way we could so my mother and I gathered a little money to distribute some sweets and drinks in the villages. However we feel there is much more need for help. Luckily we are in contact with a current resident of Kenya, Cassandra, who is staying in Kenya to build schools for these children.
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Our aim is to work with her on this possibility to give the chance to these small children to go to school as of September 2019.
Currently, there are over 20 million children of primary school age in Kenya, who are out of school. They are out of school because even though school is considered public and free, there are costs to pay ( uniform, pencil and books, food at school) that are not financed by the government. This rate goes between £ 10 and £ 15 pounds per year. Unfortunately, most Kenyan families CANNOT afford this. Therefore I have decided to help two villages in Kenya get their children into school as of 2019 September. I am planning to use this money for the schooling of at least 40 children and provide them with pencils, notebooks and anything extra they need to begin school like every other child.
However, I would like to ask your help. Perhaps £ 1 or £ 2 to help me bring these children's dream come true, to be able to live a full, more prosperous life. PLEASE READ MY STORY BELOW
Even before I moved to London, ever since I was younger I always had a vision in which I saw myself having some sort of impact on the world. Within everything I did I hoped to make people feel something good or different. I also thought in many ways that with small gestures I helped some people along the way.
Then I went to Kenya. I spent almost 2 weeks in multiple locations, where I saw difficulties and so much struggle I have never imagined to see in my whole life. Before I went to Kenya I read many reviews on the country as a travel destination: people praising its beach, how they enjoyed surfing there, stories of its food( some great vegetarian options yeey) and comfy hotels on its coastline. And I guess these stories bought me, who wouldn't want to see some lions and enjoy a cocktail by a beautiful beach? Then I got there, walked through the poorest areas of Nairobi and was invited to two different villages where children don't wear shoes as there is barely money for them to eat, in beautiful places where they cannot really define what electricity is as they never had it. And then I no longer was bought by the thought of drinking a nice cocktail by the beach knowing that the money I spend on the cocktail could pay for that little boy's pair of shoes.
So I desperately wanted to help, so my mom and I distributed candies and fruit juices to children but we had to realise that in that moment in time there was only so much we could do. But I wasn't satisfied with this, so I started to talk to locals and whilst there are multiple different issues in Kenya as to why the country is not advancing, a common ground for locals seemed to be education.
In Europe, education is a must, remembering from my childhood, we always had to go to school, in fact attending school was by law! Some of us were eager to go and some were just uninterested in general ( I must admit I was sometimes fairly uninterested too especially when it came to mathematics... gosh). However in Kenya going to school is not a must, in fact many many children cannot afford to go to school no matter how eager they are- because in Kenya most children want to learn, they know that it is a privilege to study let alone be given books, pencils and even a backpack... For many of them it is simply out of reach.
In my opinion, in the 21st century, it is in every human being's right to study, to be given a chance of a better life.
Education is truly everything as without it we wouldn't have such a comfortable life( many of us Europeans).
When you read this story you will probably be in a heated building, or public transport, sitting on a comfortable chair or standing in nice clothes or having had breakfast dinner or lunch, even perhaps you read this on your phone which you hold with your clean hands. Now imagine that you have none, but really none of this. That is just an everyday life of most Kenyan children.
I am looking to raise 500 pounds for education of children, which I would like to use for the two villages I have visited. There will be a few children that will be told that as of next year they can start school, some that will finally have a pencil to write with and some which will finally be admitted as they will no longer lack their school uniform.
Before, when I read these stories I was sceptical and also sort of resistant to give too much money, thinking it is too far and that I have my own personal problems which is fair enough. However I guess I had to realise that 1 or 2 pounds, even let's make it 1 is not really a massive deal in my life, but for a child it can mean the whole world and beyond.
Thank you so much for reading my story!