A business lecturer at South Essex College has visited a town in Kenya to help those in need.
Stuart Gibbs, who teaches at the College’s Southend and Thurrock Campuses, visited Ciamanda with his local church which has a partnership with a school in the town to help sponsor children’s education.
While on the trip he also visited a local orphanage and donated discontinued College t-shirts that are no longer of use. Items such as pens, pencils and other stationery were also handed out to help the poorest members of the community with their education, many of whom have nothing.
Stuart is also currently taking part in a ‘just drink water’ challenge to raise funds for a water bowser for the town so locals have access to safe drinking water.
At the moment there is a severe drought and young children are being forced to fill buckets from a river to drink which often carries disease.
Stuart said the trip was enlightening.
He said: “The Kenyan people have amazing spirit. Many people are living below the recognised poverty measure of earning less than a dollar a day, but they make the best out of any opportunity despite the challenges they face.
“Everyone was so grateful for the donations. They were items that we take for granted – clothes and items of stationery, but it will really help young people with their education.”
To find out more about the partnership, or if you would like to make a donation of items for the next trip, please email firstname.lastname@example.org