African trip proves hugely successfulA group of 23 people representing Reading Football Club and its Community Trust left Berkshire for the coast of the Indian Ocean in September, raising enough money to travel to Kenya to work on a range of fantastic community projects.
Christened 'Caring for Kenya', and run in partnership with African Adventures, our volunteers undertook building work at a deprived school in the area, coached football to young African stars of the future and taught the local community.
The estimated population of Kenya is in excess of 44 million and an astonishing 16 million do not having access to safe water. 71% of the Kenyan population do not have access to a toilet. A 20-litre container of water weighs approximately 20 kilos and local women walk an average distance of 10 kilometres daily to get clean water.
Trustees handed out free football kits to a huge number of young boys and girls, while other members of the group paid a visit to Destiny School, where money that has been donated went towards the building of a kitchen area.
The project was entirely self-funded, with the group raising a massive £32,000 for the trip over the course of almost a year of fundraising. We at Reading Football Club consider ourselves proud to have been involved.