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Weʼre raising £500 to Help a Maasai community in Kenya to sell and market their goods and to help preserve their unique and colourful culture.

Woolwich Arsenal, London
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Maasai tribes in Kenya are nomadic by nature. Their grazing lands are being reduced more and more through tourism which means that limited access to water increases the risk and effects of drought for the people and their livestock.

This could be helped through increasing the knowledge and ability of the tribes to market and sell the goods they craft by hand, meaning that they can buy water and other products if needed.

The aim of this volunteering programme is not only to help teach these valuable business skills, but also to help preserve their unique culture, which in itself is a historic and iconic way of life.

I have carried out research in the past about the impact of the changing environmental and economic climates on these communities and I am passionate about going to help them in the small way I can, and hopefully make an impact to their future.

I will be heading to Kenya for 4 weeks in September and will be living with the community in a 'house' belonging to women of the tribe.

I am donating a laptop to the community in order to help the women of the community with marketing and selling their goods, they make beautiful jewellery.

I am also posting environmentally friendly sanitary products with me and things like reusable fabric shopping bags, etc. due to the lack of sanitary products for women and the very strict laws on plastic bags.

I will be collecting these until the 24th August, when I will need to get them sent off. I would be just as grateful for any of these in the place on monetary donations.

I am however planning on using the money raised via this page, to buy educational books for the children, medicines for the village and food for the families when I arrive in Nairobi.

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  • Lucy Read8 days ago
    Lucy Read

    Lucy Read

    8 days ago

    *A month today* I will be leaving the UK for my 4 week volunteering trip to Kenya! I am gathering sanitary products (eco friendly) and reusable shopping bags (plastic free) to send over, until the 24th when I will need to post these. I am also still collecting donations which will be used to buy educational books, medicines and food for the community when I arrive in country. Any help appreciated, thanks to everyone who has donated so far, I greatly appreciate your support! :)

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  • Lucy Read4 months ago
    Lucy Read

    Lucy Read

    4 months ago

    My employer has just agreed that they will sponsor the majority of my volunteering trip! Thanks IG! So I am now just in need of equipment or money towards it...Any extra money raised will go towards water purification tablets, water storage and toiletries/sanitary products. Thanks to everyone for supporting me!

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  • Lucy Read4 months ago
    Lucy Read

    Lucy Read

    4 months ago

    A big thanks to Hydrachem for donating a multi pack of Oasis water purification tablets for me to take with me to Kenya!

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Page last updated on: 8/13/2018 8:23 AM

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10

  • Sheila Crawford

    Sheila Crawford

    Aug 13, 2018

    Sounds an amazing trip. Sure you will learn a lot.

    £10.00

  • Zoe matheson

    Zoe matheson

    Aug 12, 2018

    Good luck, keep safe xxx

    £20.00

  • Zouhoure Rekik

    Zouhoure Rekik

    Aug 10, 2018

    Inspiring :)

    £20.00

  • Randall Pearson

    Randall Pearson

    Apr 28, 2018

    Have a good time, enjoy yourself! Randall and Enid

    £50.00

  • Sadie Read

    Sadie Read

    Apr 21, 2018

    Go Lucy!Enjoy but keep safe, teach but learn, help others but allow yourself to find what you need.Love Sadie, Lukas and Alexxxx

    £30.00

  • Denise Read

    Denise Read

    Apr 20, 2018

    Hope this helps. Good Luck with your trip Lucy, well done, great cause. Love Mark and Dee xxx

    £50.00

  • Anne  Read

    Anne Read

    Apr 20, 2018

    Lucy, happy travelling and hope you can make a difference for the Maasai people

    £100.00

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Lucy Read

Lucy Read

Woolwich Arsenal, London

I have always given back to others through teaching drama at a young age, to coaching badminton and becoming a brownie guide leader. As part of my hospitality management degree, my dissertation focused on the effects of tourism on fragile environments - a struggle for the Maasai.

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