Right2Smile Kenya Project

Update posted by Lisa Jane On Jul 16, 2016

We have completed our trip and arrived safely back hope, but it doesn't feel 100% like home anymore. The experience was amazing and incredible. The community so thankful for us being there, and us so grateful to have the privilege to be there.

I'd just like to take the time to get in touch and say thank you for all your support. Rewards will be sent out soon but in the meantime check out these pics from our trip :)


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Update posted by Lisa Jane On Jun 05, 2016

Jambo!!!

Hello dear friends!

In 2 weeks (and 2 days) we will be on our way to Olasiti, Ngong Hills in Kenya. This is where we will spend the majority of our time working within the community. Our group will be the first group this year and as such we will set the pace for the groups that follow (no pressure right?). Our main responsibilities, apart from the day to day helping in the schools and with the families, will be organisational.

We need to make sure that there are enough books and cutlery to share among the students in each class so that we will purchase some more if need be. We will also be working on a water storage system to make sure the water is kept sanitary, away from animals and mosquitoes that may contaminate it; taking measurements for a cover and filter and also taking water samples to be tested so that we may decide if the water is fit for human consumption and if other water sources are fit for fish farming. Needless to say, we are mega excited.

Unfortunately we did have some very sad news. One of the community's young adults passed away in his sleep at the age of 20. This is by far very somber news and brings us back to the reality that this is not an experience we are taking on lightly. The people here have little to no access to medical help and most illnesses would go undiagnosed and untreated. We are sorry we will never get to meet Sitat, we are sorry for his mother and 3 younger brothers. Sitat was the man of the household, having lost his father at a young age. His mother raised all 4 of her children alone, providing them with food, shelter and education against no help.

On our journey there, Sitat's memory will stay with us, keeping us grounded and sure of our purpose. Reminding us of our goal.

RIP Sitat.

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Update posted by Lisa Jane On May 18, 2016

Hello friends, Thank you again for supporting us throughout this process. We have 1 month left until we leave for Kenya and we are really happy to welcome 2 new members to our group. This addition of 2 people is amazing because we get to share this experience with more people, one of whom is a doctor so that is a great opportunity for the people of the village to have. This also means that our goal has to increase proportionally to €2000. We're not too far off but hope that you will continue to support us by donating and encouraging others to donate. Thank you, R2S Kenya team

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Update posted by Lisa Jane On Feb 28, 2016

Hello Rafiki (friends in Kiswahili),

We started our campaign yesterday and have already funded 15% of our goal which makes me so happy! Our fundraising will also consist of events between now and when we leave. We will send updates about these events so I hope that we will see you there!

The more we work towards this adventure we are going on, the more passionate I become about the entire project. The description in this campaign is only the tip of the iceberg and I so want to tell you more about it.

I signed up with Right2Smile to volunteer in Kenya with little knowledge about the project there. While preparing the go we have been told more about it and with each new piece of information I believe in the organisation and what it wishes to do more and more.

Right2Smile as an organisation do not believe that our project in Kenya will last forever. What point is there is being there to help and when we are not there, the community will regress back to its prior situation? The aim of the project, overall, is to empower the community with skills and experience and help it to move forward so that they will be self-sustainable and be able to cater for their own needs with only basic support from us.

For this reason, we as volunteers are not going there to teach, or to build. We are only there for a short time and we are not qualified teachers. The students need a stable environment so that they will truly learn and gain from the school. Our role in the school will be to assist the teachers and work with them on the curriculum that they have planned. The children's education is first and foremost what is important and they must stick to their curriculum for them to learn and advance. Secondly, we are not builders, Right2Smile prefers to employ local people who know what they are doing, know the materials and the way things are done there to do the actual building. This is truly a different experience to what you may have heard or read about from other volunteer work, because Right2Smile realizes that the power to move forward is within the community itself; and not going to come from outside in the form of volunteers, who are there for a few months of the year. The goal of the volunteers is to support the people there, learn about their needs and empower them to improve. We are not there to carry them along the way but only to help show them the path so that they can carry themselves.

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to him his own." - Benjamin Disraeli

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Congratulations on this initiative and effort!

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Good luck to you and many congratulations to Lisa for organising this. I really admire you, you are a star!

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Wishing you safe and rewarding trip. Take care.

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Great cause to support. Keep up the effort and God bless.

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