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Students reach out to Africa

CHILDREN in Kenya are finding learning easier thanks to students and staff at Chichester College.

 

A team of 30 volunteers from the college spent two weeks of their summer holiday helping to improve a school in Nakuru they raised £80,000 to build with the African Adventures Foundation.

 

They created a library filled with bright and inspiring pictures and messages, started work on building a new kitchen, renovated more classrooms – and spent time teaching and working with the pupils.

 

The visit to the Walk Centre Primary School was the first since it opened in August last year. It was an emotional experience for Lisa Humphries, director of student services and pastoral support at the college.

 

She has led the fundraising and was on her eighth visit to the area.

 

“It was amazing to return to the centre, a year after we attended the opening,” she said.

 

“To see it in action, so many young children benefiting from the school and accessing the education they, like all children, should be able to have. It was very emotional. We’ve worked so hard and there’s still so much to do.”

 

As well as the time spent at the school, the team from Chichester were taught Swahili and learned more about life in Kenya. This included a visit to the Hilton slum area, where many of the school’s children live.

 

Lisa added: “That was a particularly tough day for our volunteers. Many of the children live in and around the rubbish dump in the Hilton slums. To experience their reality is hard, but it drives home why we do what we do to support the Walk Centre.”

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