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Blues change lives in Kenya

2 July 2012

Community Trust manager Ashley Smith has described the Trust's recent trip to Kenya as "a life-changing experience."

- The school is centered around their strong Christian beliefs and the church is the vocal point of the site and lessons.

- In total, 140 children attend aged three-eight years old, many of which are orphans or parented by widows due to the high death rate from the 2007 elections where murder was rife between tribes.

- It was a project created to ensure children from the Rhonda pondamali slum, where over 1 million live, have schools to attend and receive two free meals per day, something they would not receive at home.

Facts about Mama Kerry

7.30pm - Dinner and evening to relax 

7.00pm - Arrive at the apartments

5.30pm - Coaching and participating with local youth community football team

4.00pm - Arrive back at the apartments

3.00pm - End of the school day, help tidy and pack up

1.30pm - Afternoon session commences

12pm - Help serve lunch and play with children, which often ended with the group learning some Kenyan songs and dances

9.00am - Arrive at the project to help with tasks such as classroom teaching in english and maths, maintenance, lunch preparation, delivering PE activities and outreach visits to the children's homes to meet parents and witness living conditions and offer clothing, food donations and gifts

8.30am - Picked up to go to the project

7.30am - Breakfast

A typical day

Over £10,000 has already been raised and plans are in place for a special event later this summer to generated extra revenue. Keep it for more information.

"It feels as if this is the beginning of something and we will continue to try and make a real difference to the future of as many children as possible."

He added: "Pastor Williams told us that the smile we helped put on every child's face was a real lift for him and the teachers. He also wanted us to pass on their thanks to everyone who helped raise funds for the trip.

"I didn't really understand until the end of the project how important it was for Wycombe Wanderers Community Trust to be there. Just before we arrived the toilet collapsed due to the severe weather conditions and although a makeshift toilet had been made, it was not up to the standard required and we were told if a new outhouse wasn't built in two weeks the school would have to close."

Darren Willis said: "The thing that surprised me the most was the smiles and enthusiasm of every child that we met. Despite having very little compared to our modern lives, these children have hope and real desire to achieve and grow.

"Our small team has made a commitment to continue to support the Mama Kerry Project through future fundraising and events."

He added: "The trip was a life changing experience. To be able to offer the children and their families support through our visit both short and long term was very moving.

"Even worse, we visited some children that could not come to the project as they were at home looking after their siblings, who were as young as three to six months, while their parents worked."

Smith said: "The most difficult part to stomach for me personally was the lack opportunities the children have. Many are extremely bright, enthusiastic about learning and school however will not progress to a government funded secondary school unless their parents can afford a uniform.

Clothes, shoes, food and WWFC merchandise were also donated, while the £10,000 raised from the five participants representing the club will feed Mama Kerry School children twice a day for a year.

The group helped prepare food and feed 140 children twice a day, assisted teachers and built a new outhouse as part of the Mama Kerry Project, while they also left their footballing stamp on the area by erecting two goals for the children.

Smith, diversity officer Aqeel Akram, activity programme manager Adam Davis and commercial executive Darren Willis were amongst those from the club who spent 10 days working on a range of different initiatives in a deprived area in the south-west of the country.

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