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Welcome to KOP Nottingham!!
This year marks 10 fantastic years of KOP, and we're proud to say that it all started here when a couple of medical students decided to make a difference. That decision took them over 6000 miles across the globe to Kisumu, Kenya, where poverty and desolation were met with fierce enthusiasm for change. While it hasn't always been easy, the impact KOP has had on the the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the area has been extraordinary. In the past, KOP Nottingham has helped provide schools, feeding centres and even hospitals to better the quality of lives of those less fortunate.
As you can see, we have a bit of a legacy to uphold! So what's in store for KOP 2012?
Aside from (more) dancing to Waka Waka, and after a stack of applications higher than mount Kenya, we have whittled it down to a team of bright-minded, enthusiastic individuals to kick off KOP Nottingham's second decade in style! Some of them confided some embarrassing moments to us, so we'd like to share some of those with you now: waking up in a dumpster after a night out; a life of fear after serial attacks from a rampant bull; violent diarrhoea in the Welsh mountains... as you can see, we have quite a team! And in June 2012 we'll be jetting off, back to Kisumu, to continue the brilliant work KOP does.
This year we're absolutely bursting with ideas to raise those all-important funds: Safari-themed socials, open-mic nights, "revealing" car washes (possibly involving a mankini), sponsored sky-dive, pub quizzes, eyebrow waxing, speed dating, casino nights and so much more!
Needless to say it's set to be an eventful year, and one we can't wait to embark upon. It'll be an adventure which brings its own challenges, but once we're in Kisumu with the most deserving and inspiring children, we'll know it will have been more than worth it.
Gemma, James and Lee (This year's group leaders)
"Apart from learning about diseases and differences in healthcare, I learnt a lot about Kenyan culture. The children we teach are just as good at teaching us. I will try not to take education and healthcare for granted again."