John Ratliff, a member of Newtown Quaker Meeting and a Junior at Hopewell Valley Central High School, NJ, will speak about his recent trip to Kenya on January 15, at 9:45, at the Newtown Quaker Meetinghouse, 219 Court Street. .
John is a member of the Global Connections Club at his high school. Global Connections raises funds to support the development of Kenyan villages and schools surrounding Kisii County. Dr. David Angwenyi, a native of Kenya and teacher at Hopewell Valley High School, created the club in order to give students an opportunity to participate in projects to improve infrastructure and support local schools in Kenya.
In his talk John will describe many of the amazing experiences he had during his trip. John’s travels took him from the city of Nairobi through the beautiful landscapes of Kenya and Tanzania to a resort on the Indian Ocean.
During his travels he visited small villages where he met many friendly and welcoming people and donated much needed school and sports equipment to local schools. He participated in the construction of a clean water pump for a small village community in Kenya’s Kisii County.
John traveled through the enormous and beautiful Great Rift Valley and went on Safari at the Masai Mara animal reservation in Tanzania. Before returning home John enjoyed time at a resort in Mombasa on the beautiful Indian Ocean. John will share many pictures he and his friends took during their travels. John will describe some of the cultural differences that he encountered, introduce us to some of the inspirational people that he met, and explain how the trip has affected him.
John lives with his parents, Angela and Mark Ratliff, in Pennington, NJ.
Newtown Friends Meeting co-founded by “Peaceable Kingdom” painter and Quaker minister, Edward Hicks, in 1815, is open to all who wish to attend. Regular First Day Education classes (Sunday School) for all ages begin at 9:45 a.m. and Meeting for Worship begins at 11 a.m. Childcare is provided.