Craig makes his mark in Mombasa

Learning to swim: teaching the children to swim. picture: submitted
Learning to swim: teaching the children to swim. picture: submitted

Fraserburgh teenager Craig Noble (18), returned to Mombasa on July 30 for his third trip as a volunteer teacher.

During this trip Craig has been keeping in regular contact with the Herald to update the generous Brochers, who helped make this trip possible, on the work he has been involved in while over there.

First aid: the class learn the importance of keeping wounds clean. picture: submitted

First aid: the class learn the importance of keeping wounds clean. picture: submitted

Speaking to the Herald via email, Craig said that he “didn’t think he wanted to come home” as he was enjoying the rewarding work so much, although, as he explained it is not all just hard work.

He said:“We had massive power cuts a few weeks ago so I was unable to get on the internet for a bit during my second week, but for all those people who would consider going to Mombasa to do this sort of thing; it’s not all just hard work.

“During my second weekend here we spent our time in a little coastal town called Kilifi for some well-deserved rest. Six of us stayed on a floating house in the middle of an estuary. There are plenty of places like this, such as Shimoni, where the charity also has a marine conservation project and Watamu a little further away. So not only do you have a fantastic time volunteering and working in the schools with the children you also get a chance to see some of the amazing sights Kenya has to offer!

“My mum and dad also arrived which was great. They were excited to get going and have so far had an awesome week with the kids. As my mum is a qualified nurse, the Nobles have teamed up to teach a group of kids in Precious Vision some first aid and have also begun teaching the staff and volunteers.

Heading to the beach: on their way to the beach. picture:submitted

Heading to the beach: on their way to the beach. picture:submitted

“We did however have a few problems with the feeding program as the money has run out, so we have taken up cooking for the entire school in order to try and get them some nutrition.”

“Next week we return to term time which is quite exciting. In addition to the normal teaching, I have been taught basic first aid by my mum, which I am going to continue to teach to the kids after my parents leave. There is a massive problem with hygiene regarding wounds and I have seen for myself how a little graze can lead to an infected rotting wound, therefore we are hoping to at least make the children more aware of how important it is to take care of wounds.

“We’ve also undertaken the task of painting all the new classrooms, to brighten them up a little for the children’s return.

“Another exciting update is the greenhouse purchased with money raised from Fraserburgh has just received its first tomato seedlings.

“We’ve also been doing a number of swimming lessons with standard 4 at Precious Vision. This has proved both fun and challenging as most of the children in the class have never been in the water before and couldn’t swim.

The progress the kids are making is pretty unbelievable, after only two visits to the swimming pool.”

Craig has a further six weeks of his latest volunteer trip to the Precious Vision Centre. Pick up next week’s Herald for the next instalment.