At the start of the 2019 summer holiday, a group of 47 Year 12 and Year 13 students along with 9 members of staff from Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, West Sussex, travelled to Kitale in western Kenya to help build new classrooms for three schools.
The schools they helped build had inadequate structures for their student numbers and many had to resort to using unsafe mud huts or simply teaching outside under the shade of a tree.
Prior to departing, each student and staff member was tasked with raising a minimum of £300 through sponsorship. Pupils organised a number of fundraising activities including sponsored walks, runs and triathlons. They also set up an online bookshop, completed the Three Peaks Challenge, asked for donations instead of presents for their sixteenth birthdays and organised cake bakes.
In addition, Christ’s Hospital’s first ever school sponsored walk took place which saw over 500 students and staff walk through the West Sussex countryside to raise funds to help pay for the buildings.
Through these and other fundraising events, the school managed to raise over £44,000 during the last academic year, which financed the building of 6 new classrooms at Kibagenge Primary School, Norah and Musundi Primary School and Saiwa Secondary School to be built.
As well as supporting education in Kenya, the trip aimed to provide the students with a powerful and life-shaping experience where they both work hard to contribute positively to a community and have the opportunity to experience Kenya’s natural beauty.
On returning from the trip, one student said: “It was an amazing, eye opening and fulfilling experience that has significantly shaped me as a person.”
Christ’s Hospital is currently planning a return trip to Kenya in 2021. If you would like to know any more about this trip or if you are able to offer any help in fund raising, then please contact email Mr Richards at the school.