This Friday (21st January) we embark on a journey of a lifetime to Kenya, where we will visit and observe CAFOD’s partner programmes for 3 and a half weeks. The trip is part of our ‘Step into the Gap’ year at St. Mary’s Catholic College in Blackpool, and is designed to engage young people in CAFOD’s mission of global justice and peace.
Here are some of our thoughts ahead of the trip…
Jon- My head is absolutely buzzing with questions. I’m wondering what will be the first thing I see when we fly into Nairobi? What will be our first Kenyan meal? How bad will we speak Swahili compared to the locals?! I’m excited to see the sun setting across an African plain, and the moon and the stars lighting up the night sky.
During our stay, we will gain an insight into the four main areas that are the focus of CAFOD’s work in East Africa. These include sustainable livelihoods and disaster risk reduction in the communities that are affected by climate change and drought. We will also visit Justice and Peace projects in Kibera slum, a HIV/AIDS clinic, and meet children in a local primary school.
Jon- I am excited for the challenge ahead, and want to immerse myself in Kenyan culture so that I can appreciate the people and their lives. I hope to see the transformative work of CAFOD, and be moved by the manifestation of our prayers and fundraising efforts on the ground in Kenya. I think I’ll be inspired, challenged, and ultimately encouraged by everything we see.
Rachel- I can’t wait to go! I am so grateful to have the chance to meet the people that CAFOD is working with and to have a real understanding of their daily struggles and triumphs. I hope that we can share as many of our experiences as possible on our return, so others can share the vision of a just world.