Scouts from Bromley and Bexley making a difference to community in Kenya
PUBLISHED: 11:29 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:29 27 August 2014
Scouts from Bexley and Bromley are on an expedition.
17 youngsters are currently on an international Scout expedition spending 18 days in Siaya, Kenya running a series of projects for local former street children who have got their life back together thanks to Scouting and linked in local youth work.
The Scouts have taken part in activities which have included music workshops, first aid training, painting and decorating scout headquarters and classroom, running crafts sessions, sports and games.
Andrea Yáñez-Cunningham, 17, from the 7th Orpington (Phoenix) Explorers said: “When I signed up for the expedition to Kenya, I thought I was signing up for an easy time but the reality of the experience we are having out here is so much more. Scouting is so well respected out here that everyone has a smile just for you as soon as they see your scarf.
“We have been given the chance to teach and interact with people from all backgrounds, some which make you laugh and some which will make you cry. We’ve worked with street kids to government officials, and the invitations and reactions we have received consequently are humbling, exciting and leave you with the feeling that you really have changed someone’s life in a way that will be remembered and appreciated, for a very long time; and that’s all thanks to the scouting movement.”
Hannah Kentish, one of the expedition leaders, said: “Scouting has given me opportunities that I can’t get anywhere else- this expedition to Kenya has been emotional but I really feel like I’ve made a difference within the local community here! My favourite thing was teaching the young people first aid, as I know it is an important skill which they can use in the future. This is just one of the many amazing opportunities that Scouting has given me. This expedition has made a huge impact on not only the local children but also on our Scouts.”
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