Founded by Ecclesbourne School student Joe McDermott in 2016, Educate Africa raises funds for the Good Hope School in Lilongwe, Malawi. Each year, another team takes on the fundraising lead. So far, you have raised £20351 and provided a new classroom, perimeter fence, building repairs, desks and chairs, water well covers, IT equipment, stationery, first aid kits and training, sports equipment, books and globes.
EVERY DONATED PENNY goes to the school - unlike many charities, any visits or personal costs are met by the organisers!
An update on the school...
An urgent appeal was sent out in January for donations to help with the impact of a storm and flooding, as one of the school toilet blocks collapsed into the latrine pit below, which fortunately happened at night when no children were present.
Also, some of the other pits are now considered to be unstable and risk further collapse, so will have to be replaced.Until this work is completed, the use of the premises will be restricted but a start on the work is underway, starting with the pit for the septic tank (shown in the photo).
So please keep donations coming in, to donate online, head to the donate section on the website!
Stay tuned for more updates...
What will your money go towards?
A charity raffle alongside a performance of Shakespeare classics put together by a number of Drama students ensured the target for Educate Africa this year is getting closer and closer. Thank you so much guys!
Thank you to the new students who were enthusiastic and generous at the recent open evenings. Not only did we raise £492, but there was also lots of interest in how working together at Ecclesbourne can make a life-changing difference to the pupils of the Good Hope School.
This brought the total event closer to the 50% mark of £2000. We hope to arrange a Spring concert and raffle, as well as adding a fixed value onto the ticket sales of a Summer production at the school to be donated to Educate Africa in order to help reach the £4000 target.
Alex was invited to speak at an informal evening of discussion and the importance of young people engaging in politics led to a generous, impromptu donation.