Law student travels to Kenya with Touch Africa
Caitlin Stove, a third year law & behavioural science student, along with eleven other La Trobe students were given the opportunity to participate in Touch Africa’s Division of Residential Services’ Global Program in Kenya.
Touch Africa is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded by volunteers who believed that the main cause of poverty is ‘lack of information on developing issues, lack of capital, and lack of training in business’.
The four key issues of the Touch Africa work foundation are reducing poverty; increasing global cooperation; sustainable development, equality and social justice; and environmental conservation and protection. (To learn more about Touch Africa internships, tours and development projects, please visit www.helptouchafrica.com/index.html.)
The La Trobe students undertook a community and development tour conducted in Kenya by a local organisation, Touch Africa International. Highlights of the three week program included constructing concrete flooring for Sheppard’s Orphanage Nairobi, volunteering at Children of the Rising Sun (a children’s home in Malindi), assisting doctors to provide a free medical camp and medication for a small isolated community and staying with a Kenyan family in an authentic rural village.
Asked about her experience, Caitlin said, ‘Our experience of Kenyan culture was enriched by out host families who were all incredibly generous and welcoming. Our trip was made all the more enjoyable by the children we met who, despite their hardships were always smiling and demanding our affection’.