BA Education Studies (2007-2011)
Learning Support Assistant and Founder of Gikandi Projects
After I finished my BA Education Studies at Winchester I began working as a Learning Support Assistant in a primary school in Portsmouth.
My time studying equality, inclusion and Education for All at Winchester had encouraged a passion for the importance and right to education and so after visiting a friend in Kenya, I set up the charity, Gikandi Projects.
My friends in the town of Nyeri, Kenya explained how they would like to welcome visitors from the UK to their home to gain a true African experience. They said that they could offer them traditional home cooked meals made by a qualified chef. Visitors would be looked after within the Kikuyu tribe community and have the opportunity to visit all of the magnificent sights that the region has to offer.
I learnt more about what goes on in Nyeri and discovered an abundance of new experiences. I visited an orphanage, reinforced a nursery school's walls and also spent time with the children and teachers sharing knowledge and listening to the future hopes and aspirations of people working within the community.
I felt strongly about the wonderful people I met. This opened up a great opportunity for me to be involved in a potential exchange of culture and encourage Britons to volunteer somewhere exciting and rewarding. With the current job market being difficult, it seemed the perfect time to support this community through enabling people to experience Kenyan life.
Gikandi Projects serves to promote self-sufficiency and education through developmental projects in Nyeri, Kenya. The charity aims to provide the community with sustainable resources and to continually support educational needs. Its hoped that in contributing to the future of this community, volunteers will gain new skills, unforgettable memories and a new extended family.
Further information about Gikandi Projects can be found on www.gikandiprojects.com