UNIMAGINABLE poverty and terrible living conditions are what will face Lauren Cashman when she arrives for a charity trip in the biggest slum in Kenya.
But the 20-year-old said she loves visiting the country and is looking forward to being able to help out the warm and friendly people.
Lauren, of Hillside Avenue, Worthing, said: “It is really horrible when you first see it, because it’s the worst poverty you could imagine.
“People are living with rubbish and excrement all in the street, and the children are walking round with no shoes on, but despite all this, the people are quite happy.”
Lauren’s first charity mission trip was three years ago.
She joined a group of people from her church, Broadwater Baptist Church, on a trip to Malawi.
Last year, she went to Nairobi for the first time and had her first experience of the Kibera slum.
She found it so rewarding she decided to go again this year and will be in the country for four weeks helping with the rebuilding of a junior school, as well as helping deliver a food programme.
The trip, for which Lauren needs to raise £1,850, is being organised through Soapbox, an organisation specialising in mission trips abroad.
As Lauren has been before, this time she will be the team leader.
So far, she has raised £900, but is struggling to raise the rest.
She has some events in the pipeline and hopes to reach her target before her departure date on July 27.
Lauren, who works as a healthcare assistant at Worthing Hospital, said: “The hardest thing about going is actually when you come back, as when you’re there it is hard but you know you’re doing something to help.
“When you get back, you know the people are still there, living like that, but you’re not doing anything to help any more.
“I would love to go out there for a year or more, but, unfortunately, funding doesn’t allow that right now, but I hope this four-week trip will be really good.” To donate money to Lauren, email her at email@example.com