Freemasons in the UK are assisting five youngsters in raising Ksh1.4 million (10,000 pounds) to support the education of underprivileged kids in Kenya.
The freemasons provided two of the five teens with a space in Horndean through which they held fundraising events on Tuesday, May 3, according to Portsmouth, a British publication. Tom Jones and Mia Rattley received free use of the venue.
Taylor Masterman, Leila Dixon, and Xander Harris, three teens, stated that they were raising money to construct educational facilities and assist in coaching the youngsters in Nakuru County.
The youngsters have so far raised Ksh75,000 for charities, companies, and a crowdsourcing website called Just Giving.
Also, they held tabletop sales, car boot sales, sponsored walks, and sold refreshments during school plays.
In her charity gesture, Mia said she was looking forward to engaging with the kids in Kenya because it was also beneficial to her wellbeing.
(Entrance of freemason church in UK)
"I'm particularly looking forward to working with and supporting the kids in Kenya.
"Because I have anxiety, this will be a huge accomplishment for me, but I also know that it will benefit me personally in addition to helping them," she said.
The five youngsters are excited to help out in Kenya because this was their first time participating in a fundraising event.
They said they were moved when they learned that many of the students in some of the area's schools hailed from low-income households and attended institutions with sparse amenities while others lacked government support.
Their parents participated in the fundraising events as well and helped the teenagers—who are all 15 years old—by participating in initiatives like baking cakes for sales and holding car boot sales.
For many years, Kenya's social and economic progress has been aided by the masonic society.
Several buildings in Nairobi, including the All Saints Church, Parliament buildings, McMillan Library, Pan Africa House, National Archives, State House, Kenya Railways headquarters, and City Hall, among others, were built by members of the clandestine community.
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