Kirinyaga Volunteer

Local Volunteer ventures to a Kenyan village

Andrew Papworth arriving in Kirinyaga.

Andrew Papworth arriving in Kirinyaga.

Cherry Burton resident and Durham University student, Andrew Papworth, recently ventured to a small village in Kenya; Kirinyaga. He acheived this through “The Kirinyaga Foundation” which is run by Mrs. Edith Munnube with support from the Nabuur Organisation. Traditionally, Mrs. Munnube had been hosting volunteers and placing them in different Community Based Organisations in Kenya. She writes, “It will be of great help now to Kirinyaga when these volunteers come and are placed in Kirinyaga village.”

Local youths showing off one of the footballs presented to the foundation by Andrew.

Local youths showing off one of the footballs presented to the foundation by Andrew.

Andrew explained that for many school leavers living around the Kirinyaga area there are no local permanent job opportunities; the only option being long days on the family farm. Equally, the local town doesn’t provide any entertainment after sunset due to the fear of violent crime.

The foundation has been developed to provide such people with organised activities and teach them life skills. At the moment, the foundation is working to support ten local football teams that have already been established. The future intention is to offer further activities, preferably for local girls also, including netball and basketball.

The 1st sports clinic opened by Andrew Papworth.

The 1st sports clinic opened by Andrew Papworth.

During his visit, Andrew presented the foundation with a gift of two Fairtrade footballs for the villagers to enjoy. He was also proud to be given the honour of officially opening the first ever sports clinic for the foundation.

Andrew also reports, “While I was volunteering for the foundation my role was to observe and give feedback on the way in which the foundation was operated, organise a tournament between the football teams and help aid the foundation in gaining further local contacts and interested parties. During my time in Kenya I also taught secondary school pupils and helped to coach schools’ sports teams.”

Note: Photos are from the Nabuur online volunteering website – nabuur.com

Slideshows and Presentations

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Links to Nabuur website about Kirinyaga (including photo gallery)

  • Village Issues – Rescuing youth from HIV/AIDS, drugs and prostitution; What you can do…
  • Village Neighbours – Volunteers who wish to help shape a brighter future for the people of Kirinyaga…
  • What’s New – New to the village; Online discussions and more…
  • Stories and Photos – No explanation required!