Kenya Team Volunteering at Ungana Academy
On Saturday 13th July, the Lower 6th 'Kenya Team' left for the Kaptembwa district of Nakuru, Kenya to spend ten days volunteering with African Adventures at Ungana Academy. Accompanied by Head of German, Kate Gregory, and Teacher of Art, Chris Sutherland, the students are working with pupils and staff at the school. Situated in a very deprived area, Ungana Academy was originally formed to provide the local children from the slum area with a hot meal each day. Over the years, the Academy has developed and although it continues to look after the basic welfare of the children, it is now also an academic school with high expectations.
The Kenya Team of students have been raising money throughout the year to go directly towards the development of the school, but they will also be taking with them stationery, clothing and sports equipment to bolster the school’s supplies.
Fundraising activities during the year included a non-uniform day on Friday 10th May, where pupils and staff paid £2 each to come to school in their own clothes but with a hint of the colours of the Kenyan flag; sale of ice lollies during break and lunch time; a Kenya Trip quiz night in the FLT in March; several performances by the fabulous Busking 5 band, both in school at the quiz night and the annual Band Night as well as in public venues such as Cambridge city centre. Two students even shaved their heads at the end of the Summer Term to help support the fundraising campaign!
The students were aiming to raise at least £1000, which will help them rebuild and repaint the classrooms of Ungana Academy as well as provide much needed educational supplies.
You can read all about last year's trip here.