Since 2017 the Robert Walters Group has partnered with the Global Angels Foundation to support the Itinyi Valley community in Tsavo, Kenya, developing new, sustainable methods of farming and adapting to an environment that’s changing due to climate change and drought.
Each year Robert Walters Group employee volunteers travel to Tsavo to work on key projects. Clarissa Pryce is a manager in our Walters People office in Belgium, who travelled to Kenya and saw first-hand how the Robert Walters Group, Global Angels and the community are working together to build a sustainable future for the region.
When asked why she applied to be a Global Angels volunteer, Clarissa said: “I believe a manager should lead by example, and I wanted to experience everything the company has to offer to be able to be the best brand ambassador I can be with my team. Furthermore, we have the priviledge as employees working at Robert Walters to live this experience so I could not miss a life-changing opportunity like this one.”
Impact on the local community
During her time in Tsavo, Clarissa was involved in a multitude of activities that are improving community living conditions. From digging holes for an orchard to making bricks for a water container, she worked hand in hand with local workers, actively participating in the projects.
Clarissa also contributed to preventing a gully from expanding by moving heavy stones, planted sisals to prevent landslides, assisted in the creation of a natural fertilizer using worm juice and water and served food to children at a local school.
When asked how our partnership with Global Angels has impacted the community the most, Clarissa explained that the Global Angels programme with the Tsavo community has made a significant difference - she saw the work that had been done by previous volunteers such as building a chicken coop is now providing a sustainable source of income through the sale of chickens and eggs. Donations have also allowed for the expansion of the farm, providing employment opportunities for the local people, and materials have been sourced to build water tanks, benefiting the entire community.