“I would say to anyone thinking of a trip to Kenya with MaaChild, that they should go and that they will benefit hugely from the experience.
The trip is safe, and the accommodation and food are great and there is a safari day which is fantastic. However, the main benefit is the experience of and the insights into Maasai culture. It is truly a look at the real life of the Maasai and an experience of the real Africa. On this field trip you get off the tourist trail and see things that you would not do on any ordinary trip.
Therese has put a great fieldtrip together, giving insights into the local life, environment, conservation and the schools. If you sponsor a child then it is wonderful to see them in their schools, to spend time to talk and to
see the benefits to the children and to see the potential benefits to the community. I was especially interested to see the way the girls are doing so well.
There are lots of good experiences during this trip, making you see why it is so important to sponsor and further the education of these children. You will see that MaaChild is doing a great job DO go!”
“I personally experienced great benefits from the trip by seeing first-hand the culture of the Maasai people, and the daily function of the education system in rural Kenya. Inevitably this encourages you to appreciate what
you have, but more importantly to question whether you have too much. I was able to reflect on the way we function, both socially and educationally, by witnessing what I felt was a much simpler approach to life. The education provision was vastly different yet at times refreshingly similar – the universal parallels of teaching children! Our school and its pupils benefited hugely from the trip and were able to see the work of MaaChild and how the money they have raised is put to such good use.”
David Peel, Vice Principal Oakhill College
Jacqui Gibson, Senior Lecturer and groups of students have been travelling to Kenya for several years now.
The students observe the maternity and early childhood clinics and learn about the enormous pressures the doctors, nurses and midwives are under due to the lack of trained staff and proper resources.
The students are also given the opportunity to work with local women and midwives to see how health services in the community operate and share advice on basic hygiene, best practices and sexual health, especially around HIV treatment and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
“We went to a local clinic to provide teaching sessions with the staff that worked there; just basic things like hand washing, eye care, basic life support and sexual health information.
We went to a secondary school and spent tile talking to the girls and playing games, singing songs and encouraging them to work hard and believe in themselves. We raised money and awareness to help the MaaChild charity to continue with its work”
Julie Bancroft, Student Midwife
“I was lucky to have met Therese before the trip, but at the time unaware of how strong her connections are, how community based MaaChild is and how well respected the charity is within the Maasai community.
To say that the trip was life changing almost sounds trite, because it was an invaluable trip which broadened the perspectives of everyone who took part. Every single person on the trip was so deeply moved by the generosity of the people, the beauty of the terrain and the enduring passion for education amongst all age levels.
There are a lot of charities that work in East Africa, though few are hands on like MaaChild. Being able to witness the difference education makes not only to the students themselves and their families but also in the communities was a pleasant surprise. The field trip with MaaChild gave a taste for the massive scale of work they do in Amboseli.”
Riley Arthur, University of Central Lancashire