Village youth project getting set for Kenya trip

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MSP Jackie Baillie visited Arrochar last week to catch up with members of the Arrofrica youth project who are in the final stages of planning for a volunteering trip to Kenya.

Led by two nurses at Arrochar Surgery, a group of young people from Arrochar, Succoth and Tarbet are taking part in a cultural exchange project in a remote village in the west of Kenya this summer.

The group has already managed to raise £12,000 by holding fundraising evenings in the Three Villages Hall and abseiling from the Titan Crane in Clydebank.

In a few weeks’ time the volunteers will be heading to Kenya to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world by building a medical centre in Vihiga county in the Maragoli region.

Jackie said: The young people have worked hard over the past 18 months to make this trip a reality and have raised an impressive £12,000 to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

“The whole community can be proud of the amazing work they have done so far and I wish them well for their journey to Kenya.”

The group have been supported by Xchange Scotland, a youth-led charity founded by former Scottish volunteers, and Jackie was joined by Labour’s General Election candidate Mary Galbraith to visit the young people during their last training session at the Three Villages Hall before the trip.

Ben Wilson from Xchange Scotland said: “The volunteers will have a life changing experience which will transform the lives of others, and bring back a new idea of Africa to tell the people of Arrochar.

Throughout the weekend training session we were continually reminded that these young people are the future of the village; the skills and experiences they will gain will have long lasting effects in both Arrochar and Vihiga community in Kenya.

The group are closing in on their fundraising target but are not there yet, and would welcome donations to help them reach their milestone at this website.