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Whilst in Kenya there was a few community project going on and I was dying to get on one. These community projects were completely different every time. They ranged from manual labour which included painting orphanages or building things for schools. The whole point of the community projects are to help the locals better their lives. This is something I was very, very keen to do.
My experience on a community project in Kenya
Finally I managed to get on one of the community project in Kenya to help the locals. This came in the form of helping out a school install a gutter system and a water tank. The point of this was so that the gutter system would catch the rain water as it fell. Additionally it would then run down the gutter system into the water tank. Now at this point in time when I was in Kenya, throughout the whole of Kenya there was a water drought. So collecting any water the locals could would be a massive help. As we arrived at the school we were told that some local tradesmen had already put up a gutter, however it was a very bad job they had done. So to that end the gutter that the tradesmen put up, came down and we installed the new one.
Once the new and proper gutter was installed we trialed it with a bucket of water. This was to see if the water would run through the gutter and into the water tank. If it didn’t it would have been a real pain trying to fix it. However it was a success. A massive achievement that was massively appreciated by the school and their headmaster.
Once the gutter system and water tank were installed and finished we still had a few hours before we set off. So to make the most of the time a few of us decided to start making furniture out of an old heap of wood. We managed to build a few desks for the kids in the school and also a large table for the dinner lady to put the food on for the kids. This was a much harder task as we had very minimum resources. We only had a homemade hammer which wasn’t very good and we had to try and recycle the nails from the heap of wood. It was a challenge but a challenge accepted and completed.
Seeing the faces of all the little kids and the teachers at the school made all the hard work worth every minute.
Have you done a community project in Kenya? What did you do?