The Hazlemere youth trip of summer 2015 was my third trip to Kenya, and with each visit my passion for these amazing Projects increases. For me, much of the trips has been about building friendships, both within the UK team and with our Kenyan friends, so it was a wonderful privilege to help lead this group of young people with so many of my friends on the leadership team. Once you have Amani UK in common with a friend, your friendship hits new heights!
When I first ventured to Oyugis on the youth trip in 2013, I had no intentions of sticking with the charity for the long run. I was a naïve 17 year old who just went because her friends were going. However, mid-way through the trip God really made himself known to me and started giving me a heart for the people of Oyugis.
Initially it was quite daunting to be so interested in how the Projects work, partially because of my age, but also because I didn’t have any previous experience with human development and I have no qualifications for it either. However, I have discovered that Amani UK welcomes and enables anyone to get involved. All you need is an interest in the Projects, and you will learn so much!
Three trips down the line, I’m in my third year at university, and meanwhile I’m already helping to plan/ lead the Hazlemere July 2016 youth trip. In addition, I’ve had a change of heart regarding my career. Since I was 10, I had wanted to be in the Police Force, but a few months after my first Kenya trip the appeal was lost to me. I’m now very interested in working for an anti-poaching organisation. All anyone has to do is mention Kenya and my eyes will light up! I’m very excited to spend many more weeks over the coming years in my favourite country, with my favourite people in the world.
Hazlemere July 2015 Team