Wensleydale man prepares for African adventure to help rural farmers

Harry Jarvis.

A Wensleydale man is preparing for an African adventure and is asking for help to raise funds for the trip.

Harry Jarvis, 21, from Redmire, will leave the Dales in April heading for Kenya with VSO to take part in a three-month project that aims to reduce poverty by improving the livelihoods of rural farmers.

During the trip, he will be living and working alongside the Machakos community.

He will be teaching and working on projects that improve education access, gender equality, active citizenship and inclusive education.

He will also be working on income generation projects and training farmers on nature-based enterprises.

The 21-year-old said that since finishing university he had been looking to volunteer on an environmental-based project to further his career as an environmental researcher.

He added: “Having learnt that VSO submerse their volunteers in African culture and allow them to live as a local, I thought this was a great way to gain the skills necessary for rural and limited living.”

VSO cover all costs, however they ask for a £1,500 fundraising commitment from each volunteer as a sign of dedication  to cover some of the costs.

Harry has already lived off £1 per day for a week as part of his fundraising campaign.

On March 30 he is holding a charity pub quiz at the Bolton Arms in Redmire – £5 per entry including pie peas and chips, raffle and a grand prize.

And on April 1 he is running a half marathon through Wensleydale, from Redmire to Wensley to Aysgarth to Carperby and back to Redmire.

He is also offering charity guitar lessons in return for a small donation.

For more details and to sponsor him, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Harry-Jarvis2