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It's the getting there that counts!

Valeria Meraz

2nd Year BSc student, Department of Geography, King's College London and Intrepid Explorers competition winner

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Throughout the past year I was part of a student program called the Kenyan Orphan Project. After fundraising for a year I got to go out to Kenya to help out at one of the projects that KOP supports; all of which aim to improve health and education for vulnerable and orphaned children. The project I was assigned to was a children’s street shelter called HOVIC and it couldn’t have been more inspiring than it was. As a geography student I was fascinated to see the different ways in which bottom-up, sustainable projects like HOVIC can make such a big difference to so many people. HOVIC not only provide food and shelter for these children but they also run an informal school programme and counselling sessions with the children’s family members so as to help the children to reunify with society. As a KOP student I was there to help out wherever I could; sometimes this meant helping the lovely cooks and learning some Kenyan recipes, a lot of the time we would keep the children busy with games, we also got to help out with lessons and got the chance to lead some lessons on health related issues. I am sure that I learnt much more than I could have possibly taught any of those wonderful children and I would love to share what I learnt and saw during my three weeks in Kenya to the Geography Department.

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