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Update - January 2022

Following our first successful school community fundraiser, the children decided to buy some books for the Hope Foundation School library. We posted a small package out just before the Christmas holiday to ensure that they would arrive quickly and these have now arrived. It’s wonderful to see the children’s faces. Due to the postal costs, the rest of the books will go via the next Bananabox Trust container shipment which will tie in with our next fundraiser - more information to follow. 
Well done Stoke Primary children and families - we’re so proud of you. 
 

Background Information

We have been lucky to make links with Hope Foundation School in Malawi.  The lead teacher, Kondwani, is working tirelessly with his team of volunteers to educate and care for these children, many of whom are orphans or live in extreme poverty and poor living conditions and without help from others around the world would have no future prospects.  Being able to support and educate them means that they will have better chances of success as they grow up.  

 

Before we began our fundraising efforts at school, we had already raised enought money to provide the school with a motorbike which means that Kondwani can now easily get the children to medical care when needed (something that he used to have to do on the back of a push bike) and we have also sent some boxes to the school with donations from school and school staff.  These boxes will be arriving in January.  

When the Year 2 children were learning about Africa, they became so inspired at wanting to help and decided to set up a fundraiser of their own and get the whole school involved.  They also decided that they didn't want this to be a one-off so this link between the schools is now set to continue and go from strength to strength.

The first fundraiser was a topic related dress up day where £500 was raised.  Photos from this day can be found in the website gallery.  Money raised will be used to help stock up Hope Foundation School's library with books and money will also go towards motorbike helmets for the children to help keep them safe and towards maintenance and fuel costs for the motorbike.

There are already plans underway for the next fundraiser in February 2022 and more information will follow soon.


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