Biggleswade man says volunteering in Kenya has ‘completely changed’ him

Luke Newman in Nakuru
Luke Newman with one of the many children he has helped while volunteering in Kenya.

Fundraiser Luke Newman from Biggleswade in Bedfordshire is fundraising ahead of his fifth humanitarian trip to Kenya where he will be working with deprived children in Nakuru.

Through trips organised by the Derby County Community Trust with African Adventures, his brother and father had taken part in volunteer trips to Nakuru before Luke became involved in 2014 after they suggested he should join them.

Luke Newman in Nakuru
Luke has joined volunteer trips to Kenya organised by the Derby County Community Trust with African Adventures.

“African Adventures provides consistent, long-term support to various communities in Africa. They don’t stop after one visit. I think that it is very important to give continual assistance, helping to build on the progress made by other volunteers and the African people. It helps give children the chance of a better future through more accessible education,” Luke told us.

His fourth trip took place during May and June this year, and it was hugely successful. The volunteers were able to complete the construction of two classrooms and a nursery. Tasks included building walls, plastering the walls, cementing the floor and making and placing the roof trusses.

Luke Newman in Nakuru
Luke and his fellow volunteers have helped construct two classrooms and a nursery.

Ten new classroom tables and chairs were made providing much needed work space for the children to be able to read and write.

They also designed and constructed a new guttering system to help provide more water to the children. This was finished just in time, as on the final day there was an hour of torrential rain which 1/6 filled the 5000 litre water tank, providing much needed water for the dehydrated children.

The children of Nakuru were extremely happy to see us. We were able to teach basic Maths, English and Music, as well as taking P.E lessons, including football and baseball.

Volunteering in Kenya has had a profound effect on Luke. He says he has completely changed as a person and is more understanding and patient, but also very grateful for what life has given him.”

I have been through personal heartbreaks, but they seem like nothing compared to what the people I have met in Nakuru go through on a daily basis. I believe it is possible to educate everyone, everywhere, and I am committed to that.

Each year, Luke has a fundraising target of £2,550 which covers living accommodations, travel and food. He is returning to Kenya in 2018 when is hoping to be able to build a dormitory to accommodate the 110 children that are currently sleeping in the cold classrooms at night.

Luke Newman in Nakuru
Luke with another of the Nakuru children he has helped during his volunteer trips.

To help him achieve this target, Luke is looking for donations and possible company sponsorship. If you would like to donate, please visit his JustGiving page.

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