Mansfield business owner April Spence is fundraising ahead of her three month mission to Kenya with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) during which she will be helping women and girls access education and improve their employability skills.
The 21-year-old who owns Chesterfield based bespoke tailoring business, Blue Oxen, set herself a target of raising £800 for VSO to support their work. She has already held car boot and bake sales in conjunction with the National Citizenship Service and placed collection tins around art-based areas in Chesterfield. In addition ,she organised a contemporary dance workshop with Nottinghamshire-based JME Dance Company for which she received a £100 donation.
During her trip, she will live with a Kenyan host family in Loitoktok – a small town that borders Tanzania.
“I had always wanted to go to Africa as I had studied and admired tribal culture in Ethiopia as part of a fashion course and have always wanted to learn more,” April told Brits in Kenya.
“I was told about ICS and the work that they do and the potential for me to be involved so I quickly put in an application and on my interview day I was asked if there was anywhere specific I would like to Go and I just said Africa.
“It was by chance I was matched with Kenya but I am over the moon.
“I will be going to Loitokitok to live and work in the community that is mainly Maasai. This in itself was amazing as I had also researched into the Maasai tribe and based projects around the community.
“As believe I will be working to improve the lives of young women and girls through education with VSO who run scholarship programs, teach entrepreneurship and employability skills.”
April departs for Kenya on October 4, and has already reached her £800 target. If you would like to donate to her fundraising effort, please visit her JustGiving page.