While I was in Kenya I was lucky enough to go on Safari at Tsavo East National Park. It was a rather surreal experience, and we saw loads of elephants, plus zebra, buffalo, baboons, ostriches and many others.
We were soooo lucky to visit an elephant orphanage, where they cared for baby elephants whose parents had died or been killed by poachers. The baby elephants liked being stroked on their tongues, as you can see in the photo above. One of the keepers told me that after the elephants were released back into the park, they would walk back to the orphanage every now and then to say hello!
One of the main reasons I went to Kenya was because of a charity called Educate The Kids that my family are involved in over there. In Kenya if you want your child to go to school, you have to pay school fees. The charity that we work with helps to sponsor the very poorest children to get them schooling. My mum usually helps with the intake of children, which is chaos because there simply aren't enough spaces for everyone, so they are judged depending on how poor they are.
One of the classrooms in the primary school.
Some educational posters.
I particularly like this poster.
On one of the days I helped with sorting out school uniforms for the new children going into school. It was really hot, and busy work. We also gave the children some shoes that had been donated by people to the charity, as a lot of the childrens' shoes had been completely worn away.
The new class. Everyone was really excited and the parents were very proud to see the kids in their uniforms. Each one of these children were sponsored by people in the UK. I also sponsor a little girl called Nasra. While I was there I got to meet her and I took over some small presents for her.
This young man is called Omar, and he is a talented artist, currently living in the orphanage next to the primary school. I brought some sketchbooks and pencils over from the UK for him as they are really expensive in Kenya, and we spoke about art and illustration. It was awesome.