Students head off to Kenya to join hospital construction project
from the Burnham-On-Sea area are among a group heading out to
Kenya to build a school supported by a local Somerset charity.
McGwinty from Mark and Ben Ferguson from Axbridge have responded
to the Mend the Gap charitys appeal to raise £65,000
for its educational and poverty reduction projects, both in western
Kenya and in Somerset.
will be building the school at Bochoroke village, Nyamira County,
in Western Kenya. They have also been given the opportunity of
both observing and assisting with the charity work of Mend the
Gap - as volunteers at the charitys HQ in Langford village
in North Somerset.
and Henry took the opportunity to meet Burnham's MP Tessa Munt
this week, whose Grandfather Sir Ernest Vasey was Minister for
Education in Kenya in the 1950s. She has herself visited Kenya
and Henry explained to the MP that they will be staying and living
with the local host community and will experience what it is like
to live without electricity and running water. They will also
help teaching in a number of the 14 nursery, primary and secondary
schools that Mend the Gap works with in addition to helping build
schools in Kenya are linked with schools in Somerset where the
charity runs school link programmes using secure online chat facilities,
through which students and teachers regularly communicate on subjects
of interest to be followed up by face-to-face reciprocal mutual
visits arranged via its education programme.
said: "Education is so valued in Kenya and the work this
local charity is doing is brilliant. It's just fantastic that
local young people are getting involved in this project and Im
looking forward to hearing all about their experiences."
donate to Mend the Gap to support finishing the building of the
school, visit here.
And to link a local school, club or village to a community or
school in Kenya, or embark on a challenge or adventure in Africa,
call Naftali on 01934853545.
Ben Ferguson (Gap student from Axbridge), Naftali Onchere (CEO
& founder of Mind the Gap), Tessa Munt MP, Helen Ferguson
(Mind the Gap staff) and Henry McGwinty (Gap student from Mark)