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Students set to help change lives in Kenya

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Youth Work and Social Work students from the University of South Wales will travel to Kenya this summer to help people in some of the country’s poorest communities.

Working with the Moving Mountains charity, the students will visit the slums of Nairobi and Embu, taking part in practical projects which support disadvantaged young people and their families.

During their two week visit the students will camp out with a group of street children from the Embu Rescue Centre, which provides daily meals and free education, toilets and washing facilities. There they will help out with cooking and organising games for the children.

They will also spend time at Ulamba Orphanage and Community Village, in Western Kenya, which includes eight schools, a hospital and a community clinic. The orphanage, which is home to more than 40 children of all ages, also has an emergency baby unit, staff living quarters, a nursery, community centre, volunteer accommodation and a small farm.

Moving Mountains provides funding to run the orphanage and ensure that the children have everything that they need, from school uniforms to new shoes, games to stationery. The charity’s aim is to make the community village financially self-sufficient through selling milk, growing crops and taking an income from the guesthouses and from volunteers who use the grounds for camping.

The students will also visit other schools and projects in the area that are supported by Moving Mountains, as well as attending workshops to learn more about health and education in Kenya.

Emma Chivers, Senior Lecturer in Youth Work at the University of South Wales, said: “This visit will show the students a new world and give them the chance to make a real difference by working with children from some of the harshest and poorest backgrounds.

“Perhaps for the first time, some of the students will come face to face with poverty and witness first-hand how hard people work just to get by; yet they will also see how people are so happy and friendly.

“This will hopefully be a humbling and wonderful experience for students to help run a camp and work on a Moving Mountains project in a part of Kenya that truly needs the support, and of course to see what it means to really tackle aid in Africa.”

A fundraising evening organised by the students will be held on Saturday 5th April at the University’s Caerleon Campus from 7pm. The ‘Ubuntu’ event will showcase the musical talents of local students and young people, and all proceeds from the evening will go towards the students’ travelling costs to Kenya. Tickets cost £7.50. To book, contact Emma Chivers on emma.chivers@southwales.ac.uk.

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