Arriving at the airport for the trip to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, Ken and Sharon from the UK, pose while Martin takes the photograph. Next stop, check-in and shortly afterwards, Africa.
Waiting to check in with just a few suitcases for the journey. Each volunteer splits their luggage with half the space for themselves and half the space filled with items for the schools in Nairobi.
Jude, Vish, Emma and Jake arrive in Nairobi, after many hours in the air, a lengthy wait in the immigration queue, and considerable patience at the baggage carousel. Setting foot on African soil is a wonderful moment.
Volunteers arrive at Excel School in Ngando, a slum in Nairobi. The welcome is always warm at the first Porridge and Rice school. From the left - John, Jude (UK volunteer), Mary, Agnes, Beth, Jake (UK volunteer), Grace, Emma (UK volunteer), Titus and Vish (UK volunteer).
Vish, Jude, Emma, and Jake, volunteers from the UK, arrive at Excel School in Ngando to begin three weeks working in the slums. Volunteers make a very real contribution to the work of the charity.
Emma, a paediatric nurse, and Brigitte, a hospitality professional and mother, with Teacher Grace, the deputy head of Lizpal School, in the school office, ready for a day helping out.
Jude and Ken with Evanson, head of Compassion School, and Titus, head of Excel School, at the gates of Compassion School in Githogoro, a Nairobi slum.
Luan, a volunteer from the UK, taking a break from work refurbishing blackboards to enjoy a cup of chai "sweet tea" and a chat with the children of Excel School.
Leonie and Taylor, two volunteers from the UK, outside a Porridge and Rice school on their first day in the Nairobi slums, home to some of the poorest people in the world.
Emma, a nurse, and Jude, a software engineer, at Excel School, ready to work as volunteers. Note the impressive hat that Jude is wearing - the Kenyan sun is harsh and all volunteers are expected to either wear a hat or put on suncreen.
Members of the Porridge and Rice leadership team with volunteers from the UK. Front row from the left - Ned (UK volunteer), Grace, Beth, Elosey, Agneta, Kuljit (UK volunteer), Mary and Leonie (UK volunteer). Back row from the left - Taylor (UK volunteer), Vish (UK volunteer), Luan (UK volunteer), and John. The leadership team proudly wear their Tilnar Cycle Challenge t-shirts, a sport's event that supports the charity.
UK Volunteers Kuljit, Vish and Luan visit the chickens at Compassion CBO. The chickens are part of the charity's sustainability programme, producing eggs and meat for sale. The chickens also provide an opportunity to teach members of the community how to raise poultry for an income.
Volunteers Jude, Jake, Emma, and Vish, pose with the teachers of Lizpal School, a dedicated team of amazing people working to improve the lives of the children in their community.
Volunteers Luan, Vish, Kuljit, Ramy, Ken, and Ned, arrive at Excel School, ready for a day of work, where they are warmly greeted by Titus, head of Excel, and Ruth, head of Heri Junior.
Volunteers, Ned, Taylor, and Rachel, are greeted in song by the pupils of Lizpal School, a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando, a Nairobi slum.
Sarah (teacher) and Ashlee (nurse), volunteers from the US, in the kitchen at Excel School with Mary, deputy head of Excel school, and Christine. The ladies spent two weeks doing wonderful work at Porridge and Rice schools.
Volunteers Kuljit and Ned from the UK interact with pupils at Excel School. The children are always keen to laugh and chat to volunteers.
Titus and Mary, head and deputy head of Excel, chat to volunteers Rachel and Ned about a book donated to the partner schools of Porridge and Rice. Books are too expensive for schools in the slums, schools which at times do not have money to pay their staff.
UK Volunteers, Rachel, Taylor, Dhruv, and Ned, are greeted by Mary, the deputy head teacher of Excel School during the Kenyan winter. UK volunteers feel hot and so are wearing t-shirts while the locals wear jumpers and jackets.
Visitors attend the Excel School assembly, a big event where the entire school gathers to be addressed by the school leadership. Guests are always welcome at Porridge and Rice schools.
Sharon, a volunteer from the UK, takes minutes at the Kenyan Leadership team meeting at Excel School. Sharon is a fully qualified teacher working in the UK at a community college.
Jake and Roshan, A level volunteers from the UK, pose with Excel teachers Grenah and Andrew, the late Kenyan Porridge and Rice Representative, John, and pupils.
Roshan, Lucy. Jake, and Kuljit, all volunteers from the UK, pose with Teacher Mary and Teacher Titus, deputy head and head of Excel School, in the school grounds.
Charlie, a UK volunteer working on his GCSEs, relaxes between teaching maths lessons at a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando while some girls look on in the background.
Jude (software engineer) and Emma (paediatric nurse), UK volunteers, pose with parents of pupils at Excel School who are helping with preparing meals for pupils at the school.
Bruno, a volunteer from Brazil, among pupils at Forrester School in Kwangware, a slum outside Nairobi. Porridge and Rice welcomes people from anywhere in the world to its schools in Nairobi.
Ken, Roshan, Kuljit, Jake and Lucy view the mixture of refuse and sewage at the entrance to Excel School. Sadly, this is a common situation in the slums, inevitably creating a breeding ground for disease.
Roshan, Lucy, Jake, and Kuljit, A level student volunteers from the UK, arrive at Excel School where they are warmly greeted by Mary, deputy head of Excel School.
Roshan, Lucy, Jake, and Kuljit, all volunteers from the UK, pose with Mary, deputy head of Excel school, and Titus, head of Excel school and famous for his suits. Both Mary and Titus are dedicated, caring leaders and teachers.
Roshan, Lucy, Jake, and Kuljit, volunteers from England, after tea at the home of the late Kenyan Porridge and Rice representative, John Obonyo. John worked hard for the charity and was without doubt, a key reason for its successful establishment in 2014.
Emma, deputy chair of Porridge and Rice, is accompanied by Grace and Beth, deputy head and head of Lizpal school, as she moves between schools. While the areas where Porridge and Rice schools are based are safe, volunteers are not allowed to walk around on their own to avoid getting lost or wandering into less safe areas.
Emma, a qualified nurse and UK volunteer, with Titus, head teacher of Excel School take a break from the Kenyan heat in the office of Lizpal school.
Jude, Jake, Vish and Emma, arrive early in the morning at Excel School, ready to distribute treats to the pupils, a Porridge and Rice tradition when volunteers first arrive in Kenya.
Vish, Taylor, Ned, Kuljit, Leonie, and Luan, volunteers from the UK, ready to leave Wildebeest Eco Camp, where Porridge and Rice stay while in Nairobi, for a day volunteering at Porridge and Rice schools in the slums.
Luan (looking mildly disinterested probably because it has been a long day in the Kenyan sun) and Emma, a paediatric nurse, chat to Mary, deputy head of Excel School. Both volunteers wear their Tilnar Cycle Challenge t-shirts, a sport's event that has supported the charity since the event was founded.
UK volunteer Lucy poses with Mary, deputy head of Excel School, in front of the newly-constructed kitchen paid for by Porridge and Rice. Like all volunteers, the team are proud to wear their Tilnar Cycle Challenge t-shirts because of the funds the sport's event has raised for the charity.
Taylor, Vish, Ned, Ramy, and Leonie, UK volunteers, pose in front of the part-complete extension to the Lizpal kitchen that thet have worked on for nearly two weeks. Two weeks after the photograph, the extension was completed and in use.
Tom Hawes, founder of the Tilnar Cycle Challenge, meets the pupils and teachers of Porridge and Rice schools during a business trip to Africa.
University Student Volunteers - Agneta (Denmark), Thomas, (Netherlands), Lionel (Netherlands), Nena (Netherlands), and Laurens (Netherlands) - are accompanied by charity trustees Vish and Emma to Lizpal School to meet the children and teachers of a wonderful school.
Martin, UK volunteer and pc specialist, seeing the Githogoro slums with Evanson, head of Compassion school, for the first time on their trip to Kenya. For most people, seeing the conditions these people live under, comes as a shock.
UK volunteers, Vish, Emma, Ken and Jake, walk between Porridge and Rice schools in Ngando with deputy head teacher, Mary. Good walking shoes are essential when in Nairobi with the charity.
Jake, Emma, Jude, and Ken walk with Mary, deputy head teacher of Excel School, along the the main road in Ngando taking their water bottles with them. It is important to drink water throughout the day given the temperatures in Kenya.
Vish, Jake, Emma, Jude, Ken, and John walk on the main road through Ngando, from Excel school to Lizpal school, a journey of about 15 minutes. The sun is hot, and this is enough time to burn so hats or sun screen are essential.
Dutch and UK volunteers walk through Kawangware to visit Heri and Forrester Schools. Walking is the main way to get around in the slums.
Volunteers from the Netherlands and the UK use one of the main thoroughfares of the Nairobi slums, the Nairobi railway track. Trains run twice a day, early morning and late evening, so the track remains clear of trains for most of the day, providing a wonderful clear path for the people of the slums.
Jake, Kuljit, Lucy, and Ken, volunteers from the UK, on their way to Excel School in Ngando after a short ride from Wildebeest Eco Camp, home while in Nairobi.
Volunteers walk along Ngong Road towards The Junction. Ngong Road is one of the major roads into the city centre. It is single lane, and traffic is usually heavy and slow, so walking where possible can be faster.
Tom, Ned, Kuljit, Vish, and Ken, all UK volunteers, arrive at Excel school in Ngando, the first school to join the charity Porridge and Rice.
Ayana, a volunteer from Japan, is met at Nairobi airport by Beth, head teacher of Lizpal school. All volunteers are met by someone at the airport unless travelling with officers of Porridge and Rice.
UK volunteers use the Nairobi railway track to move between schools. In the early morning and late evening, the railway track is alive with people making their way to and from work.
UK volunteers walk through Ngando, a major Nairobi slum, with items for distribution at Porridge and Rice schools. Volunteers take items bought or donated for pupils and schools in their luggage to Kenya.
Ned, Ken and John walking between slums on one of many dusty backroads in the slums. The slums are hot and dusty.
UK volunteers walking on one of the main roads in Githogoro slums, home to Compassion School after spending a day at the school.
At the end of the day, the road back to Wildebeest Eco Camp, can seem long. UK volunteers Ned, Luan, Kuljit, Taylor and Leonie make their way home after a busy day of work at Porridge and Rice schools.
Volunteers Emma, Ramy, Kuljit, Luan, Vish, Taylor, and Ned, on the dusty main road through Ngando, moving between schools, with the late John Obonyo. Volunteers wear Tilnar Cycle Challenge t-shirts. The Tilnar Cycle Challenge, a sporting event that supports charities, including Porridge and Rice.
A raptuous greeting at Lizpal school, in Ngando, for volunteers Jude, Vish, Ken and Emma, from the UK. The greetings from the staff and children are always warm and enthusiastic.
Jude and Vish, from the UK inspecting the drains running alongside Excel School. All waste from plastic bags to faecal matter are emptied into these drains and then spread around the slums when they flood in the rainy season, a major cause of disease and poor health for local residents.
As Dutch volunteers Thomas, Lionel , Nena, and Laurens discover, serving chai (piping hot, milky, very sweet tea) the Kenyan way, is how visitors to Porridge and Rice schools are greeted. Chai is frequently accompanied by mandazi (African doughnuts) or fresh, local fruit.
Porridge and Rice trustee Brigitte had her birthday whilst in Nairobi. The Kenyan leadership team organised a cake and showed her how to celebrate her birthday Kenyan style by feeding cake to each attendee.
Three volunteers from the Netherlands (Lionel, Thomas, and Nena) take a well-deserved break from the heat of the day at Lizpal School in Ngando, a slum in Nairobi.
Luan, Vish and Taylor, UK volunteers, sit down to a tasty lunch provided by the cooks of Lizpal School, after a morning of painting classrooms.
Luan, a classics graduate from the UK, talking to the pupils at a Porridge and Rice school. The children love to talk to visitors about their homes and lives. The world outside the slums seems so far away to them.
Kuljit, a founder member and volunteer of the charity, interacts with pupils at Excel School. The children love to shake hands, greeting guests with big smiles and "How are you?", one of the phrases they learn very early on at school.
The pupils at Porridge and Rice schools never let visitors pass without a "How are you?" or "Karibu", Kiswahili for welcome. All ages will talk happily to volunteers like Kuljit, from the UK.
Children rise to the challenge much to Jake's surprise (a volunteer from the UK) when he challenges them to lift him off the ground.
Volunteer Laurens from the Netherlands teaching the pupils to play tag to the delight of the pupils. Not all the rules are always followed, in fact, many games quickly become happy chaos with children smiling and laughing.
Taylor, a volunteer from the UK, weight lifting using the bemused pupils of Excel School in Ngando. As many a volunteer has found out, if you do something fun for one child, you will quickly have a crowd demanding the same.
Freddie, volunteer from the UK, poses with Class 8 children to whom he taught Maths. Freddie spent two weeks teaching Maths at Porridge and Rice schools before heading for university to train as a Maths teacher.
Porridge and Rice pupils waving at the camera with their new friends from the Netherlands, Laurens and Lionel, students at Delft University.
Dhruv showing the pupils at Excel School how to use the camera and actually smile at it for a group selfie.
Freddie, a volunteer from the UK, with pupils from one of the classes he taught Maths at a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando, an area in the Nairobi slums.
Volunteer Jake from the UK making the most of breaktime with the children of Excel School, each of which wants to be lifted in the air.
Meal time at a Porridge and Rice school in Ngando allows volunteers like Jake from the UK to get to know the children.
Jake, a volunteer from the UK, makes friends with pupils at Excel School during their lunch break. The children at Porridge and Rice schools take every opportunity to talk to volunteers.
Ned, a volunteer from the UK, with pupils from a Porridge and Rice school, test his patience and strength as they ask to be lifted and swung around, one after the other.
Kuljit and Emma, both volunteers from the UK, get to know the excited pupils during break at Excel School, before they leave for a sports lesson.
The late John Obonyo shows volunteers from Denmark and the Netherlands around Excel school with Teacher Titus, head of the school, in his smart suit.
There is frequently a football match taking place in open spaces in the slums, and the locals are happy for volunteers to join the fun, as Taylor, Ned and Dhruv did on this occassion.
Vish (UK), Laurens (Netherlands), and Thomas (Netherlands) join a football match started by local children in an open space in the Ngando slums.
Volunteers like Lionel, Laurens, and Nena - all from the Netherlands - are welcomed by local children into their football game. The children of the slums are friendly and respond well to people who wish to interact with them.
Volunteers, Emma and Jude from the UK, bargain down prices at a local shop in Githogoro, home to Compassion School. Shops like this one, can be found throughout the slums selling a wide range of everyday items.
Emma and Kelsey, arrive at Forrester School in Kawangware where they are met by the children and teachers of the school, including Otieno, the deputy head.
Bruno, a volunteer from Brazil, witnesses the arrival of a container of second hand furniture and goods at Forrester School in Kawangware. Fonthill Foundation filled and paid for the delivery of the container.
Jude and Emma, trustees of Porridge and Rice, are shown around Forresters school by the deputy head teacher Otieno and the cook Mama Wimbi.
Evaluating the needs of each school that Porridge and Rice work with, is key to the success of the programmes implemented by the charity. Trustees Emma and Jude do a thorough inspection of Forresters School with the help of the staff.
Kuljit, volunteer and trustee, shows that it is not all hard work at Porridge and Rice schools.
Carolina, a photographer from the US, and her husband Vincent during a visit to Lizpal School. From left Grace (deputy head of Lizpal school), Christine, Vincent, Caroline and Beth (head of Lizpal school). the head teacher of the school.
Ruth, the head teacher at Heri Junior School greets Jude, a volunteer and trustee of Porridge and Rice, at the Matatu stop in Mithonge.
Jude and Emma, volunteers from the UK, take stock of the needs of Heri Junior considering everything from desks to staircases.
Kuljit and Emma, volunteers from the UK, discuss the plan for the measurement of the youngest children, much to the amusement of the older children looking on. Young pupils have their height and weight measured every six months at least, to ensure that they are developing healthily, a metric used to evaluate the Feeding and Nutrition programme.
Every opportunity to pose for a photograph, Leonie, Kuljit, Vish, and Luan, all volunteers from the UK, gather to record a memory with the late John Obonyo, after looking around the chicken house on the shamba in Githogoro.
The wonderful leadership team at Heri Junior, head teacher Ruth (left) and deputy head teacher Haggai (right), pose with Jude, Ken and Emma, trustees of Porridge and Rice from the UK. The orange t-shirts commemorate the Tilnar Cycle Challenge for it support of the charity.
Neil Atkin of Rubbish Science and his son, volunteers from the UK, visit schools in Nairobi to teach them ways to construct interesting scientific experiments using everyday items and rubbish, that will enrich lessons and make them more effective.
Ramy, a volunteer from the UK, and John show the children their muscle whilst digging trenches at Lizpal School with Kenyans' favourite digging tool, a jembe (hoe).
Sharon, a teacher from Greater London, learns the moves from the children at Lizpal School as they perform a traditional song and dance to welcome visitors.
Ramy and Kuljit, UK volunteers, look after the children whilst the parent army cleans the classrooms at Excel School. Classrooms are disinfected regularly to halt the spread of pathogens in an environment where they abound.
Ramy and Vish, UK volunteers, blend in nicely with the newly painted Lizpal School while wearing their Tilnar T-Shirts, a sporting event that supports Porridge and Rice.
Volunteers Taylor, Emma and Vish looking inconspicuous at a Porridge and Rice school, and sporting their Tilnar T-Shirts to promote the Tilnar Cycle Challenge, a sporting event that supports Porridge and Rice.
Teacher Andrew supervising mid-lesson games while Jude, Porridge and Rice trustee, looks on from the safety of the shade of the classrooms at Excel School in Ngando.
En route to Nairobi, the team stop in Istanbul and survey their spotless shoes. Travel to Kenya, usually involves a stopover in places like Istanbul or Addis Ababa, to keep costs down.
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