fundraisers secure school places for African kids
Thanks to the generosity of local residents across the Burnham-On-Sea
area last year, local charity Educate The Kids is admitting a
record number of new starters their school in Kenya.
The charity - who brought a choir of 23 Kenyan children to Burnham-On-Sea
last summer - have been able to admit 84 four to five year olds
to their school, Jolaurabi Kindergarten, near Mombasa this month.
area organiser Sue Stevens, pictured
right with co-organiser Dorothy May, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is the highest intake of needy youngsters ever achieved."
"Each child has their education paid for by a generous
sponsor at a cost of just £6 a month or £72 a year.
This not only pays for their schooling but also provides a uniform,
underwear and shoes."
"Ongoing fund raising in the local area ensures that each
of the 600 plus pupils also receive a cup of porridge at morning
The Singing Children of Africa visited the Burnham area last summer
when the members were hosted by local families and welcomed by
the Mayor and Mayoress, pictured top. They visited many schools
and performed in the evenings to packed venues.
The proceeds of the tour were used to rebuild the charitys
well and pump water into the orphanage and toilets into the primary
Local people touched by the choir then opted to sponsor a child
of their own, resulting in the large intake for January 2016.
everyone who played a part in making the tour such a success.
"The legacy being not only water accessible locally for the
community in Kenya, but also an opportunity for these 84 youngsters
to receive an education that they otherwise simply would not have."
"Fundraising and collection of blue and white dresses, blue
or navy sweatshirts, grey school trousers, pants and socks continues
throughout the year."
There will be an opportunity to support the charity at Brent
Knoll Farmers Market in Brent Knoll Village Hall on Saturday 9th
January, 13th February and 12th March from 10am 12noon
where, amongst other items, handcrafted Kenyan jewellery, wood
and soapstone carvings, batiks, bags and a limited supply of traditional
instruments, as used by The Singing Children of Africa, are for