Job coach in Kenya visit to help youngsters

A job coach from South Essex College travelled to Kenya to visit a number of charitable projects and donate reusable water bottles.

Stuart Gibbs made the journey with members of his church, Christchurch Billericay, which supports a number of establishments in Kenya. They visited Ciamanda High School, a primary school near the town of Embu, approximately six hours drive north of Nairobi.

Christchurch Billericay has had a link with the school for the last 10 years and is involved in a number of projects, including student sponsorship, a feeding programme and currently looking to implement a bore whole project at the school.

The college has supported Stuart on his travels by donating discontinued college branded items. This year he took reusable water bottles to hand out to students who were delighted to receive them.

Stuart said: “Whilst on my visits the college has always been very generous by helping with donations of college-branded goods which have included in the past t-shirts, sweatshirts and other items.”

“It’s a privilege to be able to visit and learn about how our friends in Kenya overcome certain challenges. These include poverty, health, drought and access to education. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to help with some these challenges and also to be able to bring this learning back to my own students here at the college.”