2017 Kenya blog: Day 2
An early start today, as the nine of us were eager to make a good impression only to discover what ‘Kenyan time’ really means. No ballast, sand or builders, so the early morning plans of laying the foundations were temporarily on hold. So the troops headed to the schools playing field to clear grass and gorse.
Mid-morning 1 ton of ballast and 14 tons of sand turned up, it was all hands on deck shovelling it off the Lorries. We then started mixing the 8 / 4 / 1 (sand/ballast/cement) mix for the footings.
Once the footings were laid, they were left to dry under the hot Kenyan sun. Well, until Voi had the first downpour rain since the start of December. Fortunately there was no damage done.
Unable to work on the building we were given the chance to play sport with the students. The gang came to Kenya armed with rugby balls, footballs, basketballs and hockey sticks. Charlie and Ash gave a group a crash course on hockey under a bit of cover from the rain. As soon as the downpour stopped all 130 of the students raced to the sports field. Jack, Kevin, Jake and Mike organised games of rugby, football and basketball. The girls socialised with the remaining, non-sporty kids..!
It was an incredible experience to interact with students in a sporting environment. The energy and enthusiasm was inspiring
Written by Charlie Harper – Nicholsons Forestry Team