YMCA Norfolk strengthens ties with Kenya

Kenyan children with a rubber duck. PICTURE: YMCA Norfolk.

Kenyan children with a rubber duck. PICTURE: YMCA Norfolk. - Credit: YMCA Norfolk

A group from YMCA Norfolk has paid a two week visit to its sister organisations in Kenya.

YMCA Norfolk meets YMCA Kenya. Group dancers. PICTURE: YMCA Norfolk.

YMCA Norfolk meets YMCA Kenya. Group dancers. PICTURE: YMCA Norfolk. - Credit: YMCA Norfolk

Seven staff, volunteers and residents made the trip to Nairobi and Mombasa, helping to develop an international perspective to its work.

The link was first made when UEA student Jill Anami from Kenya started volunteering with YMCA Norfolk.

Performance and Participation Officer, Catherine Watling, who led the trip, said: 'The aim was to experience another culture, and to build awareness of civic rights, the Christian ethos, and of projects that YMCA and YWCA Kenya do like sexual health, FGM, and social enterprises.

'It was also to donate items collected by friends of YMCA Norfolk like sanitary items, stationery, and toiletries.'

YMCA Norfolk and Kenya with a graffitti wall. PICTURE: YMCA Norfolk.

YMCA Norfolk and Kenya with a graffitti wall. PICTURE: YMCA Norfolk. - Credit: YMCA Norfolk

Other activities included a visit to a girls' centre, a school, Fort Jesus, and a Masaai market.