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Stefan Pytel

Europeans are an attraction for most of the Kenyans, especially for children, for whom it is often the first time they see a white man, photo: Stefan Pytel’s private album

A volunteer of the Harambee Poland Foundation and a student of the Warsaw University of Technology, Stefan Pytel, and his family have been helping people in Africa for over two years. In 2017, he spent little less than a month in Kenya, renovating buildings among other things.

The SiMR student’s first time in Kenya was more than two years ago. His trip this year involved months of planning ahead. He stayed there with a priest and worked mainly on the parish grounds. “Together with three students from Spain, two guys from Poland and my dad we went to Kenya in July. We spent over 20 days there,” he says. “During the almost month of our stay we managed to plant several hundred trees, paint the church and build a chapel, to mention just a few things.”

Asked about benefits of the volunteer activity, Stefan names the opportunity to find out about a different culture and learn new things, such as brick making, and many more. “Working like that as a volunteer, you come to appreciate what you have in your life,” says Stefan. “If I can make a difference to somebody’s life or bring a smile to children’s faces by what I do, I feel it all makes sense and I am even more willing to help again.”

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