Phoebe (Fibs OT) joined the Adventure Alternative team in Kenya after the tragic loss of Jackton (OT) Otieno in the summer of 2017. Phoebe is Jackton's oldest daughter and we initially wanted her to follow in OT's footsteps and experience all the beautiful corners of Kenya that OT visited regularly on safari, expeditions and Moving Mountains projects. For Phoebe this started in July 2017 and involved a trip up to Western Kenya where Moving Mountains were holding a 'Jamboree' for local Kenyan Scouts involved with the Extension Scouting programme on the site of our Ulamba Children's Home. Throughout the jamboree we were also developing the Children's Home for deaf children on the site of Kayieye Primary School.
After the camp Phoebe continued her journey to summit Mt Kenya, after which she spent some time in Embu before visiting the likes of Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate and the Masai Mara, all places OT visited regularly where Phoebe got the chance to meet with all the communities and people whose lives were lit up by OT rolling in to town in his converted overland safari truck. OT would be very proud, Phoebe had such a positive impact with the team, our staff and on the expedition in general where her hard work, sense of humour and caring nature shone through, all characteristics that OT was famous for... She impressed so much that we invited her back for the next trip to Embu where a team from Northern Ireland were helping to develop Gatwe Primary School in September 2017.
During our Moving Mountains reunion trip in November 2017 Phoebe had the chance to meet Adventure Alternative and Moving Mountains founder Gavin 'Mbuyu' Bate, where she received a camera kindly donated by one of the Granaghan Outreach team that had met Phoebe during the Embu trip in September, this is exactly what she needed to take her love of photography to the next level and so Phoebe officially joined team Adventure Alternative Kenya. She'll continue to work on our large school expeditions and international projects but also on smaller safari trips and Mt Kenya climbs to capture those special moments which will help with Adventure Alternative Kenya's promotion in East Africa.
Phoebe is a professional photographer and graphic designer, she has completed courses at both the Versatile School of Photography and the Nairobits School of Digital Design.
Although Phoebe and her brother Marcus have completed their education, they still have 5 brothers and sisters in either pre-school, Primary or Secondary and we've set up a fundraising page to ensure all of OT's children receive the education that he would have wanted for them.
To donate to the support of OT's children, particularly the 5 who are still in school, use the following link;