It’s been an anxious couple of weeks at EduCrate HQ.
When we first came together in November 2015, we said from the start that if the only thing we accomplish is sending just one crate of educational resources to a school in need, then that would still be a great accomplishment. Since then, we’ve spent many weeks becoming frustrated and confused as to how it could be so difficult to ship one crate out to our partner school in Nairobi? Logistics are not our strong suit it turned out. At first we couldn’t find a logistics company that would answer our questions, then we couldn’t get anyone on the ground to collect it, then we spent hours trying to find a solution to having to manually input export codes…it’s all a very dull and laborious process. Eventually, we pressed ‘buy’ and we were able to sit together and pack the donated resources into our huge wooden crate. The team and I stared at this crate full of storybooks, toys, clothes & stationary, we were so pleased with what we’d been able to put together, then the fear came. What if someone opens it? What if it goes missing? What if we’ve wasted people’s donations of time and money?
It took 7 days for confirmation that it had reached Nairobi airport, some of the longest days of our lives! We just needed to get it to the University of Nairobi who are assisting us in distribution, and then we knew all was well. Another 7 days came and went, Rebecca (our partner school head teacher) emailed to say she had finally received her crate. What a relief.
The joy that came with that email almost matched the despair we felt when we received her first email asking for help. Rebecca is someone trying to educate the next generation of Kenyan children out of poverty, her determination to succeed is hugely admirable but how she maintains it I am unsure. The Kileleshwa school functions off just £8 per term for 300 students. £8. It is simply mad.
The last email I have from Rebecca will forever be my driver to continue to work that we’re doing.