A young volunteer who dedicated her life to helping African children has died in a Kenyan plane crash alongside her mother.
The bodies of Bess Rosenzweig, 22, and her mother Clare Clube were found in mountain ranges after their plane to Nairobi crashed in Aberdare National Park on July 25.
The Georgetown University graduate reportedly volunteered as a teacher outside Nairobi, and had planned to settle there after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania, and becoming friendly with locals.
Miss Rosenzweig had been close to the end of a two week holiday in Kenya with her mother when their plane crashed
The mother and daughter’s bodies, and that of their pilot, were found three days later after a search and rescue effort, Boston.com reports.
The cause of the crash is not yet known.
Friends and family told the paper they remembered the graduate, who spoke Swahili, for her humanitarian drive, sense of adventure, and friendly demeanor.
Her father David Rosenzweig said she loved animals and was passionate about protecting African wildlife.
‘When she found something she was passionate about, she invested in it wholly, and devoted all her efforts toward it,’ he said.
Members of a recovery team walk amongst the wreckage at the crash site of a light aircraft in the Aberdare National Park in Kenya. The bodies of Bess Rosenzweig, 22, and her mother Clare Grube were found in mountain ranges after their plane to Nairobi crashed
Miss Rosenzweig had been close to the end of a two week holiday in Kenya with her mother when their plane crashed. The mother and daughter’s bodies, and that of their pilot, were found three days later after a search and rescue effort
Miss Rosenzweig was planning to Cape Town, South Africa, to work at the Lalela Project, which provides art education, after graduating in spring.
A college friend, Amy Lewis, told the paper she had travelled to Kenya with Miss Rosenzweig and could ‘tell she was meant to be there’. She added: ‘Here was this tiny, blond-haired, blue-eyed girl who could speak Swahili, and everyone there just loved her.’
Ms Clube, 48, was born in Wiltshire, and was said to have been also very drawn to Kenya and was sponsoring an African child to pay for education.
Family described the freelance artist as a warm and generous free spirit. She divided her time after her divorce from Miss Rosenzweig’s father between Virgin, Utah, London and Glen Etive, Scotland.
Her son and Miss Rosenzweig’s brother Jake, described his mother as ‘loving, supportive, and eccentric’.