Comic Relief in Kibera Slums, Highlights an Issue Close to Gamewatchers Safaris Heart

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The Kibera slums are about to be featured in a two part documentary called: Famous, Rich and in the Slums, starting on BBC 1 on the 3rd March 2011. This is close to Gamewatchers Safaris heart as they support a school within the Kibera slum, which provides education and food to the disadvantaged children.

St. Lazarus Community School

Comic Relief is fast approaching and on Friday 18th March people all over the country will be undertaking various events to raise much needed money and a whole host of celebrities will be taking part in the marathon television event which will be broadcast on the BBC. During this event there will be many short films highlighting fundraising events which have already taken place alongside various expeditions and adventures designed to highlight the plight of the many people that will benefit from donations received.

One such expedition has been undertaken by four celebrities: Lenny Henry, Samantha Womack, Reggie Yates and Angela Rippon who have experienced living in poverty by spending a week stripped of all their possessions and given only £2 to buy basics and moving into shacks in Africa’s reportedly largest slum – Kibera in Nairobi. The whole experience has been captured by the BBC in a documentary called Famous, Rich and in the Slums and this is going to be broadcast in two parts with the first part being aired on BBC One at 9pm on the 3rd March 2011.

Gamewatchers Safaris was established in 1989 by Jake Grieves-Cook who has been involved in Kenya’s tourism industry for over 35 years organising safaris and holidays across Kenya and Africa. Based in Nairobi, Gamewatchers became aware of the plight of Kibera some time ago and actively support the St. Lazarus Community School which not only provides education for these disadvantaged children but also gives nutritional advice aiding them physically as well.

The school was founded in 1996 by Rachel Lomosi and people from the Silanga village (Kibera slums) and has grown considerably from its earliest format, it now comprises of 4 teachers, a headmistress and 120 students. All of the children are provided with breakfast and lunch and recently meat and fruit have been added to their daily diet, assisted by a donation received from BT’s top trainee technicians.

Gamewatchers Safaris Commercial Director, Mohanjeet Brar, is currently chairman of the St. Lazarus Board and is actively seeking donations to enable the school to open a new classroom which will provide education for an additional 20 students, 100% of any donation goes directly to the project with no deduction of any kind.

There are many ways to help and you can contact Mohanjeet directly to donate to the St Lazarus School project or you can donate to Comic Relief the choice is yours.


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