Bringing clean water to Tsavo
During the pandemic, when we were unable to send volunteers due to Covid travel restrictions, we launched the Robert Walters Group Walks to Kenya fundraiser, where our employees from around the world collectively walked, ran, swam, rowed or skipped 6,341 miles (the distance from our head office in London to Tsavo, Kenya), to raise vital funds for the Global Angels Clean Water Project.
“For me, a standout was seeing what the Robert Walters Group Walks to Kenya fundraiser has been able to provide the community. The funds raised by our annual fundraiser went towards waterproof lining and covering for their water collection ponds[EB1] which has allowed the community to store water through the drought in the past 24 months. This has had a massive positive impact on the project, allowing Global Angels to continue developing sustainable farming practices which provide the community with produce that is grown locally and sustainably.”
Building a sustainable future
Our volunteers work hard, but the work is hugely rewarding. “We worked alongside the farm workers to clear drains ahead of the rain, built planter boxes for spinach and other vegetables, dug holes and planted fruit trees in the Global Angels farm orchard, and built a ‘live’ fence to keep baboons out of their orchard,” Matt continued. “A ‘live’ fence in Kenya has a different meaning to that in New Zealand – here it means the fence is electrified, but in Kenya it means planting live trees to use as posts so that the fence doesn’t get destroyed by termites.”
“We also spent time with families in the community, carried water from the farm water collection tanks to families in the area and handed out the donations of clothes and shoes that we had taken from our own offices. We heard their stories, including about how climate change has impacted them.”
Matt saw clearly how the focus on building sustainable practices and infrastructure is working.
“I was so impressed by how well developed the project farm is, it was evident there has been a huge amount of ingenuity and creativeness to come up with farming practices to suit the climate.”
“The model that Global Angels is building of setting up a sustainable community that isn’t reliant on external inputs long-term is awesome. I also hope that the plan to use the Tsavo project as a blueprint for other communities around the world to follow is successful. I was really impressed by the way they have been able to adapt to the changes that climate change is bringing and find ways to remain productive even during a long drought.”
“It was truly an awesome experience, seeing the impact our organisation’s support has had on their community, getting to know the locals, meeting some of my colleagues from around the world and of course having the opportunity to see Kenya and everything it has to offer, including the people, scenery and wildlife.”
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