The two TY students have been fundraising for Cara Girls Rescue Centre in Nairobi, where they have been volunteering since January 2023.
Cara was founded by a local man Paddy O’Connor from Newbridge and its main source of income is from the annual two-week volunteer camp where volunteers raise money before they leave.
The money they raise will go directly to cover day-to-day overheads and school fees for every girl. Its key aim is to empower Kajaido county girls to become truly independent so they can rejoin their community.
Zara & Lucy, Cara Girls Rescue Funding 2023
After a great stay at the Cara Girls Rescue Center in Nairobi, we returned home. We appreciate you being one of our supporters; in Cara, your generosity is really appreciated. Every cent of your donation was used to help the girls acquire an education and maintain the centre so the kids could call it “home.” Painting the centre, moving 1,500 hens to a larger shed so they would have more room as they grew and laid eggs, jumping on the trampoline with the kids, playing football and pig in the middle, visiting local families, and playing waka waka for the kids to dance to kept us busy.
Additionally, we were able to visit 72 of the most deserving local families. We presented them food packages containing fruit and vegetables, sugar, flour, and bread, which would be enough to sustain the families for two weeks. The fact that they have so little but are so happy opened my eyes.
22 Masai girls had just arrived in Cara and could not speak English, but we were still able to interact through sports, games, and dance. They were initially frightened of us, but on the night we left, every youngster there gave us so many smiles and hugs. Leaving was extremely painful, but we will undoubtedly return to assist in the future. Thank you again for being so kind; we truly do appreciate it. We have included some images below.
Every cent of your donation was used to help the girls acquire an education and maintain the centre so the kids could call it “home”. Painting the centre, moving 1,500 hens to a larger shed, and visiting local families kept us busy. Leaving was extremely painful, but we will undoubtedly return to assist in the future.