Can you help get ‘The Mental Health Moles’ to children in Kenya?

‘For Men To Talk’ founder Luke Newman returns for his 7th trip to Nakuru in Kenya volunteering with Derby County Community Trust & African Adventures in May 2022.

With living in a deprived environment, with no clean water and electricity and little food and water, it must be a huge burden on mental health.

Valentine, founder and headteacher at West End Destiny Academy is asking for books. Luke would like to take 50 copies of his book ‘The Mental Health Moles‘ to try and comfort the young children of ‘West End Academy’. That’s just £3 per book!

The book sees the moles have 52 discussions, filled with advice about mental health topics, such as anxiety, depression, grief, social media, stress, sleep and many more. They are accompanied with brightly coloured and boldly drawn illustrations.

To do that, he needs to raise £150 for the print of the books. Are you able to help him reach that total? If so, please donate at: Fundraiser by Luke Newman : ‘The Mental Health Moles’ for children in Kenya

Click here to read all his blogs from his previous visits to Kenya or see his YouTube video below.

Can you help ‘For Men To Talk’ founder broadcast Live from Kenya?

‘For Men To Talk’ founder Luke Newman returns for his 7th trip to Nakuru in Kenya volunteering with Derby County Community Trust & African Adventures in May 2022.

Research suggests that volunteers aren’t just helping the communities they serve, but the actual volunteer experiences a boost in their own mental health. Luke would like to prove that by broadcasting live whilst helping to build and renovate classrooms and teaching, aswell as playing with the children and to show the work that himself and the team are doing.

To do that, he needs to raise £80 to cover the O2 Travel Inclusive Zone Bolt-On. Are you able to help him reach that total? If so, you can donate via https://bit.ly/FMTTGFM

You can read all his blogs from his preview visits via https://bit.ly/LNFMTTKY or see his YouTube video below:

‘For Men To Talk’ Founder’s Humanitarian Trips to Kenya

Apart from the ‘COVID’ years, I’ve visited one of the poorest suburbs of Nakuru in Kenya every year since 2014.

Unfortunately, when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and we were placed into the first national lockdown in March 2020, I think I almost immediately knew that our trip to Kenya two months later would be cancelled. I was devastated. For me, Kenya feels like a second home, and the thought of not going back for the first time in seven years was very upsetting. 

Going to this incredible city helps improve my mental health immensely. It refreshes and recharges my batteries. How hard life seems at home, with the pressures of modern life, especially right now with the increase house-hold prices, nothing compares to the day-to-day life for the residents of the Rhonda Slums with food, water and electricity and luxury. I’ve really missed the country over the last couple of years.

Kenya is a beautiful country, I love the Rift Valley and the beautiful scenery that we see on our journey to Nakuru from the capital city Nariobi. But without a shadow of a doubt, the best thing about Kenya, is the children. They are the happiest children that you could ever meet and so inspirational every time I visit. 

My brother, Paul, is the Community Manager at Derby County Community Trust and was approached by African Adventures to take a group of volunteers to Kenya to help build and renovate classrooms in schools. They’ve been going ever since.

Not only my brother and myself, but my Dad, Steve, nephews Max and Fynn, wife Hayley, children Reece, Harry and Oliver and my cousin Bella have all volunteered over the years. That’s three generations of the Newman family.  I always look forward to one of the few opportunities in the year when we can all get together. It’s amazing to watch us all work as a family for one cause.

I’ve documented my trips in blogs, some long, some short, for you all to read. It shows the amazing work that the volunteers have done, the stories of children that I have met, their struggles and illnesses, but also the opportunity to meet  the Deputy President of Kenya, as well as a ‘once in a lifetime’ football match against the Masai Warriors.

With the vaccine roll-out in full swing and a return to normality on the horizon, I am more hopeful that ever that I will return in May 2022, for the seventh time, to continue our work. This time at a new school, West End Destiny Academy, home to 70 children between the ages of two and ten.

I have to fundraise myself every year. I need to raise over £2500. If you would like to donate, please visit https://bit.ly/LNAA2023

Read all my blogs at http://www.formentotalk.co.uk/fmttken/http://www.formentotalk.co.uk/fmttken/