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Positive Footprints - Kenya

KENYA | Wednesday, 10 September 2008 | Views [7790] | Comments [2]

" Kenya, 35 million people, half of which are still in school uniform..15 million under the age of 12...if you aint got any qualifications, you aint got a hope in hell of getting a job"
Clive Dougherty, World Expeditions Leader, Kenya

When you consider statistics like that, it hits home not only the true importance that education plays in the sustainability of a country, but also the need to assist where you can to ensure education can occur.

It's off again for our documentary producer extraordinaire, Trent O'Donnell. This time he's heading into the heart of Kenya with 16 other World Expeditions community project travellers to give their time to build desks, refurbish classrooms and assist in installing a new water tank.

Project material funding was raised via our Footprints program through the kind donations from 679 World Nomads.

Trent was also accompanied by the 2007 Documentary Scholarship winner, Cesar Salmeron.

We hope you enjoy, Positive Footprints - Kenya.

Positive Footprints - Kenya

Positive Footprints - Kenya

Tags: adventure travel, community projects, community travel, kenya, nat geo adventure, travel, travel documentary, volunteer travel, world expeditions, world nomads




Im all for making a difference.

but I never really got into this type of "aid"

I realise you have two opposing goals:

* tourist feel good factor
* actually aid the local economy/environment.

Unemployment is high, yet you focus on the feelgood factor, bringing in tourists to do the work..

why not train unskilled locals to do the work and pay them a wage for it? You would still get the feelgood (by teaching them a skill), while actually benefiting someone locally.

  Craig Feb 7, 2009 4:43 PM


This is purely an observation of what little I know of this kind of 'aid'. Is the reason for this kind of 'aid' not to spread awareness, to get more people involved, to raise more money to do more good & perhaps maybe in the long run to get involved in larger projects where people can be trained and employment created?

Are they not paying towards the materials etc for these smaller projects and giving their time for free in which case I am not entirely sure there would be enough money initially to train and pay people to do the work.

I could be off the mark here but this is what I have always thought is the point of these kind of projects.

  Shannon Apr 3, 2009 7:46 PM

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