For three weeks at the start of the 2019 summer holiday, 51 GE (Year 11) and DG (Year 12) students and 8 members of CH staff will be travelling to Kitale in western Kenya to help build new classrooms for three schools. Each school suffers from inadequate buildings for their student numbers and many of these schools have to resort to using unsafe mud huts or simply teaching outside under the shade of a tree. Funding and building these new classrooms will have a hugely beneficial impact on Kitale’s children and young adults.
As well as supporting education in Kenya, the trip aims to provide CH students with a powerful and life-shaping experience where they both work hard to contribute positively to a community and have the opportunity to experience Kenya’s natural beauty. The lead up to the trip will also see students learning key life skills through a weekly activity session, such as basic first aid, cultural awareness, team building and leadership experiences.
Prior to departing, each student (and staff member) has been tasked with raising a minimum of £300 through sponsorship: this will be combined with some additional group fundraising activities to meet the goal of £36 000 required to build two new classrooms in each of the schools: Kibagenge Primary School, Wamuini Secondary School, and a third school (to be selected).
Pupils are raising funds through a variety of methods, ranging from: sponsored walks, runs and triathlons; setting up an online bookshop; the Three Peaks Challenge; forgoing their sixteenth birthday presents and asking for sponsorship instead; cake bakes; live music and DJ sets; and even shaving their head.
So far, students have made an excellent start to their £36,000 target but there is still a long way to go!
If you would to help the students reach their target, the link to donate is: