Yesterday was a fantastic day for me. After a serious amount of work towards my application for the international internship scheme being offered by the Diana Award and Richard Turner Associates Ltd. Which included shooting a video and publicising it, amongst other activity – to gain as many votes as possible, the agonising wait was over… And I am overjoyed to say, I WON!!!
I’m incredibly humbled by the support that I received from so many of those around me and absolutely elated to have the opportunity to take part in such an amazing experience. So for everyone that helped out, please accept my sincere thanks.
The second reason for me writing this blog post is to answer a question that I’ve had off a lot of people, why Kenya?. To illustrate my reasons, I thought that I would show some comparative figures between Kenya and where I was born, the United Kingdom. Other than the fact, of course, that I am going out there with the fundamental aim to help others.
Some of the information below has been taken from an incredibly interesting site called If it were my home that allows you to compare any two countries size and a number of other interesting figures…
First, I was amazed to see the size of Kenya (shown in the picture below) as I ignorantly thought it was much, much bigger than the UK but it is actually only about twice the size.
Secondly, I discovered some incredibly hard facts that encapsulate my reasoning for travelling to Kenya, as opposed to other countries, to volunteer; I have summarised these below. If Kenya were my home instead of the UK, I would:
- Be 33.5 times more likely to have HIV/AIDS
- Have 11.2 times higher chance of dying in infancy
- Have 5 times more chance of being unemployed
- Make 95.45% less money
- And harrowingly…
- Die 20.34 years sooner
On a slightly brighter side, I also discovered that if Kenya were my home as opposed to the UK, I would:
- Use 97.85% less electricity
- Consume 93.29% less oil
Hopefully this helps to emphasise my reasoning for going to Kenya to volunteer, to do something (even though tiny in the grand scheme of things), anything, to help others.
If you would like to support me in my experience then please visit my donation page, absolutely any donations would be incredibly graciously received.