Seans Kenya experience

Seans Kenya experience

" On New Years morning, after a challenging 3 day trek with a group of other RTRK volunteers, I stood a top Mount Kenya and looked out unknowingly at the expanse of the country that would play host to what would prove to be the most challenging, emotional yet rewarding year of my life so far.

The Mount Kenya trip was my first trip to Africa, let alone Kenya, and the the two weeks in Nakuru that followed our descent down Kenya's spiritual mountain were the eye opening experience that really drove home a desire to do more for the people and its country than I currently had been, with my casual involvement with RTRK from the UK. It was the friendly and accommodating people willing to share what little they had with their visitors, it was the smiles from the filthy faces of small children who had never heard of an Xbox and had found enjoyment in rolling old bicycle tyres down dirt roads and most significantly it was the can do attitude and hope shown by a people who make the most of their dire situations to do their best to provide for there families.

I remember the moment I realised I was going to be spending the majority of my 2012 in Kenya. RTRK founder Holly Bantleman and I were discussing the charities construction plans for 2012 and the need to find a project manager to relocate to Kenya for the duration. It was like a silence fell across us and light went on above her head and she knowingly said “its you, isn't it?”.
A few months later I had resigned from my job in London, put relationships with loved ones on hold and given up my accommodation to pack my life into two bags and board a plane to Kenya with one goal in mind. To build The Barut Youth Development and Sports Centre and give hope to 50 disadvantaged youths in the poor community of Barut, Nakuru.

The 10 months that followed were a roller coaster of highs and lows and a steep learning curve as I struggled to come to grips with Kenyan life and the way things worked (or sometimes didn't work) out there, to get the project off the ground. This meant meetings with government officials, chiefs and village elders, learning the basics of the Swahili language, co-ordinating contractors, engineers and architects and much more.

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