Thanks to 3 Degrees South, lots of the Kesho children have been learning to swim and sail, FREE OF CHARGE, every wednesday afternoon for the past year. They absolutely love it and never miss a week – it’s such an enriching and welcome break from their studies and from the demands at home. Sailing, as with other sports provides an opportunity for them to learn and develop new skills, grow in self confidence, make friends, work as a team and have loads of fun!
Today was the award ceremony where they received RYA (Royal Yachting Association) certificates to show they’d reached Level 1 and Level 2 in sailing competence. They leapt into the boats and set sail to show their parents just what they’ve been doing after school this past year. What a lovely bunch of amazed, thrilled and very proud parents they were as they watched on from the jetty.
All the children are keen to continue to the next level and some are being watched closely to see if they want to move to the competitive sailing programme. The All African Optimist Championships are in Mozambique next year and after the success last year in Tanzania of the local Kenyan team there’s a lot of interest growing in the village…..watch this space!
The children started off by showing their parents all the skills they’ve learnt over the past year
It’s a great boost to their self confidence and water confidence too of course
Some really like to be in control – what a great opportunity
High spirits as they come off the water – a chance to be playful and be a child
A big thank you to the parents who came to see – their support is invaluable
Some of the children being awarded their RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Level 2 certificates
Thanks to everyone who made this happen and especially to 3 Degrees South who have devoted every wednesday afternoon to this community sailing programme – free of charge. What an amazing opportunity it has been.