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 £17013 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...
Right now, the boundary wall is in the process of being built, but progress on that has been slow because of rain (the rainy season is from November/December until February/March). Thankfully though there hasn't been any big storms this year, like the one that caused damage last year.
Once the rainy season is over, the small amount of money left that Aidan raised will be invested in desks for the school.
A boy from Standard 4 drowned in the swollen river last week. Brian (the school's director) and some of the other staff went to the funeral on Saturday. There are, sadly, usually 2 or 3 deaths of school children during the school year - most of them due to sickness.
A School nurse came to the school toward the end of last term to give bilharzia vaccine. It was the last year of a three year programme, funded by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and a number of smaller bodies.
What does your money go towards?
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.
Alex and Harry sold lemon drizzle cakes, brownies, and cookies to support Educate Africa amongst a day of fundraising and a non-school uniform day at their school, receiving a third of the profits raised on the day, thanks to the generosity of their headteacher. Thanks!