Appeal for knitters to help provide school uniforms for children in Kenya
Sixth Form students are appealing for local knitters to make jumpers for school children in Kenya.
A group of Gordano staff and students will be visiting Bochoroke village, Western Kenya, in July with Charity Mend the Gap. They will spend their time working in a local orphanage and hospital, as well as gaining experience teaching in their partner schools.
Not all children in the village can afford to go to school, so to wear a uniform is a visible sign of school membership. Hand knitted jumpers are preferable because they need to be particularly hard-wearing - they will be passed from family to family.
Head of Sixth Form, Jeanne Fairs, said: “This is our third year of knitting for the students and is a very visible sign on our continued relationship with our twin schools. We have just been able to send over £2,000 to the charity, raised by students during RAG week, which will pay for the teacher salaries in the Bochoroke nursery school.”
Mend the Gap volunteer, Naftali Manddy Onchere, commented: "In the windswept Kisii highlands where the school jumpers will be used, temperatures often plummet to below 4 degrees in the early mornings. The wind chill factor makes it feel even colder, especially for young children.
"Without school uniforms, children are often sent home. Many such children drop out of education altogether and miss out on life's chances and a way out of the circle of poverty".
Please drop off any knitted jumpers at the Main Reception. Thank you so much for your support.
Students are appealing for knitters and local knitting groups to come forward to provide 30 red and 30 green V-neck jumpers for children aged six to 11.
As the jumpers will be washed in the village river, 4 ply acrylic wool will be needed as pure wool will shrink. Wool can be provided for those who would like to knit but unable to get the wool.