Red Planet Marketing Ltd KENYA – WORLD VISION TRIP

Red Planet Marketing Ltd KENYA – WORLD VISION TRIP

IT WAS A long trip to Kenya with no fewer than three flights and a Jeep journey to get to our first destination near Kisumu which the Kenyan’s like to call home of Obama!
Our trip comprised of spending a few days with government department people looking at areas where World Vision were not helping yet. To say this was challenging emotionally is probably an understatement. The homes we visited were impoverished with children that were dirty and clearly hungry. The lack of accessible water had an impact on every area of each community. Crops unable to grow so limited food, hygiene causing enormous health issues and just the shear issue of not enough water to drink, wash or cook with. Communities each day had women and children travelling hours to carry heavy containers of what was often contaminated water on their heads. Seeing children unable to go to school, families crippled with Aids and HIV, small children with infestations of a bug called jiggers growing in their hands and feet and extremely young children being put into child labour just to support and feed their families. It was truly heart breaking!
We were fortunate enough for the second part of the trip to go to communities where World Vision sponsored children lived, and the difference was fantastic! Seeing water projects in place that supplied and made accessible clean drinking water to over 20,000 people was exciting. Being involved with planting trees in schools and seeing the overall well being of the community at such an increased level really made me realise what a difference our fund-raisers make here in the UK with World Vision.
To think such a small amount of money a day, less than a bag of crisps or a can of Coke can make such a big difference to a child’s life and the surrounding community is astonishing. This makes me incredibly proud to go to work each day knowing that not only am I helping people in the UK achieve their dreams of running and building their own business but that we as a team are making a difference to so many lives in other countries.
It was probably the best and worst trip I have been on for obvious reasons and certainly makes me appreciate just how lucky I am! We are already planning our next trip in February 2016!