Me to We Trip to Kenya

Over the first week of March Break 2020, Ms. Postma, Mr. Herbert and Mr. Wan accompanied 15 students to the Kesebek community in Bomet County, Kenya. Kesebek is a community of 2,200 people and a WE partner community since 2019. The residents’ traditional means of livelihood has been farming for sustenance on the large open fields that make up the community. More than half of the current residents are children under the age of 18.

Although resilient and dedicated, Kesebek community members are faced with significant challenges including lack of adequate education infrastructure, unemployment and reliance on subsistence farming, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, and extreme poverty. However, these challenges provide ample opportunities for partnership and interventions that break down the barriers to education for children and allow families to thrive long term.

The Crestwood team arrived on March 6 and promptly settled into their accommodation in the middle of the Maasai Mara. In the 11 days of the trip, the students was involved in Swahili lessons, building the foundation of two new classrooms, visiting the community hospital, market & high school, interacting with the local children, water walk, beading, action planning, visiting the Safari, staying in a Boma and much more. The whole team had a wonderful time on the life-changing adventure. Amid the pandemic, the entire team arrived home on time, safely and healthily.

An article written by one of our team members, Hayden, detailing the experience will be coming out in the coming issue of Crestword.

To see the trip photos, click here: