Many years ago Martyn Hastings, took several teams of soldiers to climb Mt Kenya. He met a community leader called Joe Komenjoe in Chogoria, a town at the foot of the mountain. In 1998 Martyn took a group of DES members to climb the mountain and to plan a programme for our first Kenya Expedition team. Joe already had the plans drawn and approved for an urgently needed health facility accessible for poorer families. Our DES Expeditioners have made it a reality.
Martyn was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for his work with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in the UK and Kenya. Students may qualify to use the Community Projects phase as their Gold Award Residential section.
Dorset / Murugi Community Projects
Every year since 1999 our Expedition teams have worked on various community development projects in Murugi Location. Before leaving the UK all expeditioners are required to raise a minimum contribution to our Projects Fund.
Martyn says “Working alongside our Kenyan friends in project teams to provide facilities in healthcare, education and housing is a brilliant and rewarding experience for our expeditioners”.
Kenya 2013 Expeditioner, Gordons School, Surrey – “Building a new house for Geri and her 4 children was great despite the log carrying up steep hills! It’s a fantastic feeling to know that I have helped a desperately needy family. I learnt a lot of new skills; stone laying, concreting and taking anger out by smashing rocks for the foundations!! I also became a window fitter at the Donna Kelly Special Needs Classroom Project so if all else fails I have a backup career plan”.
We have built and equipped this major health facility. We continue to extend the project each year with assistance from many schools and individual donations.
HIV / AIDS SUPPORT GROUP
Monthly meetings are sponsored at Baragu.
We build new school classrooms and renovate old ones. We have shipped several sea containers with books, furniture, equipment and computers. In 2001 we helped to build the first day Secondary school in Meru South when it was difficult for poor students to continue beyond Primary school.
We have linked 17 schools in Chesil Education Partnership with schools in Chogoria/Murugi Education Zone through British Council programmes. Exchange visits for teachers are organised between schools each year.
Over 130 orphans and needy children are sponsored by UK families with fees in Primary, Secondary Schools and Technical Colleges. Some special cases are supported with medication and other treatments.
We started the Donna Kelly Special Needs class at Kiriani Primary in 2010 with funding raised by staff and students at Budmouth College. Our latest development is a Vocational Skills training unit for older students in partnership with the local community.
We repair old houses and build new ones for very needy families.
Each year adult volunteer teams assist with building projects and work in schools.
Gap Year Opportunities
Extended stays can be organised for students when they can be attached to schools as assistants or be placed in local hospitals on work experience programmes.
For further information on Projects, Sponsorships, Fundraising Events or Volunteering please contact Martyn or Josie Hastings