Team Leave Legacy in Kenya……
20 employees from across the Group experienced a truly unique trip, none of them will ever forget!
The group enjoyed a team building session before the flight out to Nairobi, getting to know a little bit more about the business, ActionAid and each other.
Once arriving in Nairobi the team faced a long journey to the remote community they would change forever……
Camping just north of the MassiaMaraNational Park, the team would wake every morning at 6:30am to the sounds of local wildlife and the call for “Malarone, sunscreen and fill your water bottles!”
The team walked 15 minutes to the OloolnganayioPrimary School in Olenkuluo where they would work their ‘steel toe cap boots off’, to complete a second classroom build at the primary school.
Working along side the local Massia men and women the team pulled together to lay the foundations, floors and walls of this classroom.
Over 7 days, the team experienced the local culture and spirit of the Massia community, being welcomed into their villages and homes, meeting their children and elders to be serenaded with song, dance and colourful jewellery.
“This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity, singing ‘flower of Scotland’ under the stars with the Massia will be a memory that will stay with me forever. Also when they had the celebration for us on the last day and told us that we’d answered a prayer I vowed I was going to do more charity work and I definitely will. - Best thing I have ever done. “– Laura Mackay, Bibby Offshore Limited Aberdeen.
“This was the most amazing experience of my life and one that I will never forget, truly blessed to have been a part of it. If the school will educate even just one child then all the mixing ‘machenga’ (cement), laying bricks and bending metal was well worth it!” – Vicky Abbott, Bibby Financial Services, Slough.
Not only did the team leave their names within the foundations of the build but also a lasting legacy that will benefit generations to come.
After the team left the site, another group of volunteers followed and took the walls up to roof level, to support the beams.
The school signed up local children from around 400 families in the area, starting the new academic year in January 2012.
Bibby Line Group and the GSB team will be following the school’s progress and will keep the team updated of the difference they have made.
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