Rushden Scouts prepare for Africa trip

Rushden Salvation Army Scout Group who are going to Kenya next week and have been presented with tops to wear bt Rushden Round Table. Front L-R Jason King (Rushden Round Table Chair) and Max Danzid (Rushden Round Table Treasurer).
Rushden Salvation Army Scout Group who are going to Kenya next week and have been presented with tops to wear bt Rushden Round Table. Front L-R Jason King (Rushden Round Table Chair) and Max Danzid (Rushden Round Table Treasurer).

A group of scouts from Rushden are going on a humanitarian trip to help improve facilities for pupils at a school for deaf children in Kenya.

Ten members of the 8 Rushden Salvation Army Scout Group will fly out to Kedowa on Friday, October 20.

They will spend two weeks working to improve the Kenyan school’s facilities, including its drainage and sewage systems.

This is not their first humanitarian mission to help a poor community in Kenya. The group previously visited a school in Kibera in the Nairobi area of Kenya in 2007.

The scouts visited the school for two weeks and worked on projects to improve drainage and access to drinking water, and demolished an old toilet block.

This year’s team is made up of five Scouts, four Adventure Scouts aged between 14 and 18, and five Scout leaders.

The youngest member of the group is 12 years old.

They have spent the past two years fundraising to pay for the flights out to Kenya. Contributions from their parents will also help pay for the trip.

Group sectional assistant Tim Paragreen said: “We have been asked to do another project in Kenya, at a school for deaf children.

“We will be doing similar work to what we did on the last trip to improve the facilities there.

“It’s an educational trip – they get a lot out of it.

“Back in 2007 we went out to the Kibera slums through a charity called Spurgeons, to a Spurgeons school. We did drainage and water work and we set up a Scout group there.

“We do one trip every other year. Two years ago we went to America to celebrate their 100th years of Scouting.

“We have been asked to do another project at a school for deaf children, where we will be doing similar work to what we did on the previous trip.

“We will be doing something that will hopefully improve lives for others. We have done two years worth of fundraising to pay for the trip, along with contributions from parents.”

Donations have also been made towards the trip by Southend Junior School, which has given 14 suitcases filled with old uniforms to be donated to the African school.

The Rushden Round Table organisation has also contributed towards T-shirts which the Scouts will take to present to fellow Scouts in Kedowa. Jason King, Rushden Round Table chairman, and treasurer Max Danzid are pictured with the Scouts.