Pupils from All Hallows’ Preparatory School have been hard at work raising funds their link school in Kenya. As a result of a variety of fundraising efforts, such as selling bacon butties at Sports Day, craft fairs and Young Enterprise projects, pupils and staff have raised £7,820.

Charity Co-Ordinator, Liz Green, said, “Thanks to the huge efforts and creative fund-raising ideas by all our children, this money is going to make a huge difference to our friends in Kenya.

The school, near Frome in Someret, learnt about the work of TUSK in Kenya in 2017. One of the reasons that elephants were being shot was because of the damage they were causing to villages and schools. We were told about Sang’a school whose buildings and crops were damaged when elephants broke through their perimeter fence. So we began to raise funds for an elephant proof fence.

“As our relationship grew, we sent teachers out there to see for ourselves what help was really needed. Over the last 12 years we have provided concrete classroom floors, toilets, desks and chairs (all made and bought locally), uniforms and sports equipment, classroom decoration and books.

“These new toilet blocks will enable the children to have a safer, healthier experience at school. By improving their quality of life, we are improving their quality of education. Children in England take basic sanitation at school for granted. By fundraising for this project, it helps us all to appreciate what we have and to be mindful of others that are not so lucky.”

Pupils from Sang’a school in Kenya

On behalf of Sang’a school, Alexandra Ames Kornman, Director of Development for Lewa Education, wrote, ‘Through your generous grant from All Hallows School, you have helped to improve the quality of life for both people and animals throughout Northern Kenya. On behalf of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy UK, thank you for your recent gift of £7,820 for new bathrooms at the Sang’a School, under the umbrella of the Lewa Education. Your donation is improving the quality of life, and quality of education, for the students at Sang’a – a remote school that struggles with connectivity and insufficient government support. By improving the sanitation, you are also improving children’s appreciation for their school, and helping them to stay happy and healthy as they pursue their education.’

Supporting Sang’a is one of the many charities that All Hallows supports through fund-raising and awareness.