This past month was very exciting for a group of Lawson High School students as they were given the opportunity to travel to Kenya’s breathtaking Fourteen Falls. The students who went on the field trip were all members of Lawson’s Environmental Club and Interact Club.
The Environmental Club is a high school group that meets once a week to discuss environmental issues and partake in sustainability projects around Nyumbani Village. Some of their projects include waste clean ups, gardening projects, tree planting for the Trees 4 Children agro-forestry project and water conservation efforts.
Nyumbani Village’s Interact Club is part of the Kenyan Rotary Club and Rotary International. Globally, Interact Clubs are the teenage version of a Rotary Group. The Nyumbani Group meets multiple times a month to plan service projects and develop leadership skills. Rotary groups from Kenya visit the Village to visit and mentor the Interact Club; even Interact Clubs from Europe have visited the Village, allowing Nyumbani’s teenagers to meet other Interact teenagers from different countries. It is an amazing program that has flourished in Nyumbani Village, providing many benefits to the members.
Each year, the two clubs go on a field trip to a nearby nature or service attraction. On a Sunday last month the students traveled to Thika, an area approximately 2 hours from Nyumbani Village, where Fourteen Falls is located. The Falls is an amazing nature site where visitors can view the huge waterfall made up of fourteen mini falls. It is a site very popular with Kenyans and international visitors alike. It was a great opportunity for the Lawson students to travel outside the Village and visit a beautiful natural site, especially for the Environmental Club who strive to learn more about nature and environmental studies.
What an amazing experience for the two clubs! Big thanks to the Lawson teachers and Princeton in Africa fellow, Kara Poppe, for supervising the field trip!