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Ryedale students return from an African adventure
11:39am Wednesday 19th September 2012 in News
They spent a month in the country helping with local community and wildlife conservation projects.
In addition, the group helped to construct channels for ecologically important water holes, took part in construction work of houses and school rooms, erected much needed fencing for local project areas, created resources to help local youths find sustainable employment and prepared ground for a tree planting project that will reduce wind and topsoil erosion in the arid Imani region.
One of their most memorable achievements was climbing the 4,985m Point Lenana, of the Mount Kenya region, despite driving snow and hail, and for some of the group, varying degrees of altitude sickness.
Year 13 student Oliver Grimshaw said the experience was potentially life-changing for those involved and was the culmination of more than a year’s preparation and fundraising.
“It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience; one that I feel will remain with us for the rest of our lives. It was humbling to receive such a happy and joyful reception from everyone we met, despite the magnitude of poverty.”
“We would like to thank our teachers, Jon Steel, Liz McGlen and Jenny Flintoft for giving up most of their summer holiday and supporting us on the trip.
“A big thank you must also go to everyone who made our experience in Kenya possible, by helping us with our fundraising.”