“In July of 2018, I travelled across the globe from Brisbane Australia to Kenya in East Africa, a dream of mine ever since I was a young girl. I used to read articles about Angelina Jolie travelling to third world countries and that’s when a little fire inside me started burning. I began to read Lonely Planet books, took notes from travel blogs and started saving for the trip of a lifetime. My mind and my heart was set, I was going to Africa. My friends and family expressed their concerns about a 17-year-old girl, fresh out of high school travelling solo to Africa. I used their feedback to expand my knowledge but I never second-guessed my decision.
I can say with absolute confidence that the Gathimba Edwards Foundation were the driving force in allowing this little dream of mine to become a reality. From the minute I arrived in Nairobi airport, I was welcomed with open arms. I surprised myself by how quickly and comfortably I immersed myself in the Kenyan culture. The food and the sense of community were the first things I fell in love with. However, throughout my time in Kenya I soon realised it’s the people that make this country so beautiful. Kenyan living is a simple and love abundant way of life. To say this trip was life altering is an absolute understatement.
I came to Kenya with a hammer, a saw, a measuring tape and three builder’s pencils ready to make a difference. Yet, I left with so much more. First of all, I met an incredible group of like-minded people who made this trip so extraordinary. A trip like this creates bonds that are so profound, which is what gives you the strength to get through the difficult moments. Within a short six days, the G.E.F team produced four homes for some very deserving families. To which I gained a great sense of pride once I stood back and reflected on what we had contributed to the community. Lastly, I took with me the memory of the most heart-warming smiles from the families, and this will be something I carry with me for the rest of my life.
I am truly humbled and honoured to speak on behalf of the Gathimba Edwards Foundation, and I strongly urge everyone who can, to take the opportunity to participate in this wonderful project. Here’s to giving kids in Kenya a chance!”
– Keshna Newland