In April 2011, Jeremy visited one of the workshops that his fair trade supplier Zuri Design worked with in Nairobi, Zakale Creations. Zakale Creations is involved in many community initiatives aimed at improving the standard of living for youths and the wider community in the slum. John Kangara, owner of Zakale Creations, co-founded KSEEEP, a project that runs a number of initiatives within the Mathare slum to support over 200 young people, to address rising crime in the area and the hopelessness that young people face daily living in a slum. It gives hope and motivation for young people from the slum and already there have been big changes in the community.
KSEEEP dancers, a number of whom work in Zakale Creations, put on a dance performance for Jeremy and Kathleen Scanlan from Zuri Design. Over lunch they told Jeremy how they had never been outside of Nairobi but would love ultimately to go abroad and perform around the world. Without thinking Jeremy said he had been so impressed with the dancers enthusiasm, and the obvious difference the project was making to their lives, that he would try and arrange a tour of the UK for them! Walk Against Crime was formed to raise money to help make this dream come true.
In July 2012 Jeremy and Kathleen walked across Britain, 215 miles from Southport to Hornsea, detouring slightly from the Transpenine Trail to visit York en-route. In 2013, another walk across Britain is being planned taking in the beautiful Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors to raise further funds for this project.
Find out more at walkagainstcrime.org