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Pupils help African school

By Sue Austin | Ellesmere | News | Published:

A Kenyan primary school is getting more toilets for its children thanks to pupils in Shropshire.

Work is well underway at the Sosoni primary school where 450 children shared just two toilets. All the work is being done by Kenyan builders.

It is being funded through the Kenyan Schools Project, a charity run by Bill and Lynn Morris from Oswestry.

Mr Morris said the project was only made possible thanks to the fundraising by Year 9 pupils from the Lakelands Academy which made £780.

"The year nine pupils at Lakelands, under teacher Mr Ian Crilly, have been raising money for our Kenyan Schools Project for many years.

"They organise cake stalls, do sponsored events and have non-uniform days," he said.

"It is great that the teenagers do something for children in Kenya and also they can see where the money they raise goes.

"When the toilets are finished there will be a plaque saying that it had been built thanks to Lakelands Academy."

The Kenyan Schools Project has donated everything from paper and pens and hundreds of desks to classrooms toilets and even the electricity supply to schools and orphanages.

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Bill and Lynn visited a school during a dream holiday to Kenya in 2004.

“We didn’t know that this visit would go on to change our lives forever,” Bill said.

“The school was called ‘The Mkwakwani School’ and when we saw what the children had to put up with just to go and learn, we were so shocked. The children were sitting on concrete floors, barefoot and having to share pencils, paper and books. After seeing the school, which, at that time had 1,500 pupils aged between three and 13 years, we then met the headmaster and his deputy and promised we would try and raise some funds for them upon our return to the UK.

“The trip to the school really got to both of us, and we could not stop thinking about the children. We were going to keep our promise.”

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The couple returned to their then home in Ellesmere and Bill who then ran a mobile disco, put on an event to raise some money for the school.

They made £500 and used it to buy pens, paper and other supplies. They decided to see if they could sponsor some desks and from there things snowballed until in 2004 the Kenyan Schools Project was launched.

Now the couple run a charity shop in Bailey Street in Oswestry to raise funds for their charity.

More details about helping the charity are available from the shop or the website, http://www.kenyanschoolsproject.co.uk

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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