As you may be aware, St Michael’s has a partnership with the Catholic parish of Luanda, in Kenya. Within this parish we have links with five projects, the St Joseph’s Rehabilitation Centre for Streetchildren, Ebukuya School for the Deaf, Ebukuya Primary School, Ebusiratsi Secondary School and Ebukhiliti Primary School.
We are now in the sixth year of this partnership andforty eight students and eleven members of staff have so far had the opportunity to visit Luanda for two weeks to help in the schools and learn more about life in this area. We have raised over £60,000 over the last five years. This money has covered the cost of the project, including flights, accommodation, visas and food as well as resources for the projects and we were also able to give approximately £12,000 donation between these five projects which has been spent on computers, books, stationery and improving facilities for living and learning. This year, we want to raise even more money to help our partnership progress.
Fundraising events which have taken place in school have been the Big Sleepovers for Years 7 and 8, collections at the school shows, the Fashion Exchanges, many cake sales and a stall at the Christmas Bazaar. Every student who has gone to Luanda has had to fundraise at least £1500 to go and have raised this money in a variety of ways, including grants from the Jack Petchey Fund and the Catenians.
This year, eleven more students and four members of staff are preparing to travel to Luanda in July and would be very grateful for any help and support you might be able to give. You can donate via cheque or on the VirginMoneyGiving website through our charity The Archangel Trust. If you would like any more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Videos of the deaf school in Kenya practising their signing and showing how the students have to go to the river to get their water