In 2005 Margaret set up a small school for the children in her community in Ukunda, Kenya. In order to get a place in a state primary school for 7-14 year olds children must have completed a basic exam and this can only be achieved by attending school. These schools are all fee paying unless supported by charity. At the Ebenezer Rescue School some of the children are orphans or they have only one parent and there is no family income. Margaret rescued these children and took them into her school. She cares for them and gives them food aswell as giving them a basic primary education following the Kenyan schools curriculum. At first she used an empty building, but then the owner returned and she had to leave. She then built her own school with the help of her husband James. You can see by the pictures that it is a shack made out of mud, sticks and thatch. It is not suitable as it is wet during the rainy season and baking hot when it is sunny. The floor is just the soil, which has little creatures in it, which can infect the children’s feet!! In March 2010 we (Carole and Mike) were on holiday in Kenya and we wanted to visit a local school with some gifts of pens and pencils etc. We were taken by our taxi driver, Ernest to the Ebenezer Rescue School. We were so moved by what we saw there that we felt we could not walk away. So we decided to help to build a new, more substantial school. On returning to the UK, we told our friends and family about our ambitions and they have all been very supportive in helping us to raise money and organise events. We held some very successful fund raising events and sold raffle tickets. We were also helped by the children at St Paul’s School and Stamshaw Infant School in Portsmouth, who raised funds for us. We were able to raise enough money to buy a piece of land on which to build a new school. We now need help to build and support it!
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- Dear Donors and sponsors,Good morning and how are you in the other side of the world!Pupils, parents , teachers and I are fine and doing well. We have been given a longer holiday due to the national census and statistics exercise taking place today till next week.The other thing to inform you is that we are going to have our pupils of age 8-10 in grade three being assessed by the government nationwide from 16-20 September. Some schools were denied the opportunity to have this assessment in their learning centres but for us we were lucky and so two small schools will have to bring their pupils to our learning centre for this exercise.It was alot of work from July with the governments officials to organize activities for school to market cleanup and trainings all through. Luckily we are done and God willing the officers will join us on 16-20 September.I want to thank you once more for being a supportive team from United Kingdom and Germany, making so many things a success in this learning institution and wish to sacrifice my time , energy and the little resources we have to meet our goal. There are many changes too brought by the government that are keeping all teachers on toes but I am also concerned and embracing the changes in pupils new curriculum so as to meet the government requirements.I am so happy for coming together with a common idea of development in the school to make the school be of the required standards. Am praying that God Almighty to bless you , give you all strength and good health.Thanks alot and have a nice weekend.
- A Picture of the school
- School Update, 8/11/2018
We thank you for any donation you can makeBig or small, every £1 makes a difference.
- We have now raised about £18,000 altogether to help build a new school for the children of Ukunda. 10 years ago
- We had another charity event on Sunday, raised £1166 and had a great time! The weather was very good, which obviously helped a lot! 10 years ago
- Well done to 800m World Record and Olympic Champion, David Rudisha... A truly inspirational Kenyan #London2012 10 years ago
- Very grateful to scotthamiltonphotography.co.uk who is going to visit the school next week and take some photos of the progress for us. Thanks Scott. 10 years ago
- Countdown is on to fundraising night @swg3glasgow tomo night, 4th July, with @BBryceland and @tjbilham great night ahead, fingers crossed! 10 years ago