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Mend the Gap - Fundraising

Mend the gap 2019 - Knitters Needed

After the huge success of our fundraising efforts last year, we're back, raising money for Mend the Gap!

This summer, a group of our students will be travelling to Kenya along with Clevedon, Gordano and Chew Valley school, to do humanitarian work through locally based charity Mend the Gap. We have been asked by the charity to bring with us red, green or blue school jumpers for the students that we will be working with.

 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. 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.

 

If you are able to help, please visit the link below to find the knitting pattern required and more information.

http://www.mendthegap.org.uk/appealforknitters.html

 For further information, please contact Kate Bayford in design and technology. We will be hugely appreciative of any donations that you can make!

Kenya 2019 - Information Evening, 27th September 2018

Open to Students in Years 11 - 13

I would like to invite you to an initial parent information presentation for Kenya 2019. This will be held at Churchill Sixth Form Centre on Thursday, 27th September at 6pm for approximately 40 minutes. 
 
This is a 16 day trip that the Academy participates in alongside Clevedon, Chew Valley and Gordano schools though the charity Mend the Gap. This trip is designed to be an introduction to charity work abroad, an introduction to independent travel, and an opportunity to understand a culture that is vastly different from our own. Students generally consider this to be a hugely eye-opening trip and one of which can change their perspective on many things in their own lives.
 
The cost of the trip is £2,000 with the addition of £30 visa, injections, kit and spending money (optional around £100). I will be working with students to help to support them with fundraising the cost of the trip. I have also involved the local church and several members of staff to support students. Students are welcome to fundraise for their ticket in school and privately. Students are responsible for the cost of their own ticket, and the school cannot be held responsible for fundraising the full ticket price of the trip. Please contact Miss Bayford in Design and Technology for further information

Miss Bayford

 

Thank You!

Team Kenya 2018 and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who knitted us jumpers and brought in donations. So many kind souls anonymously dropped off items to reception, or put items on my desk. We had an overwhelming amount of fantastic items to take with us in July. 

We work alongside a community project in Kisii (West Kenya) called Bockoroke. This is funded by charity Mend the Gap charity. Due to the kind donation from communities of Churchill Academy and Clevedon School, we were able to give every child at the project a new red jumper. We were also able to give them shoes and knitted hats alongside classroom supplies of books, stationary, posters and clothes to wear out of school. It was lovely to see children from the project and their siblings wearing our donations as their new Sunday Best to the community party at the end of the trip. Some of our students stated seeing this as their favourite part of the trip. These supplies make a huge difference to families that we work with, as items such as these are completely unaffordable by the majority of the community. In addition to Bochoroke, we were also able to give donations to several schools and families in Kisii and the Maasai Mara. We were fortunate enough to visit a vulnerable girls centre ages 11-24. We spent the day with the girls hearing their stories, and were able to give them a bag (donated by Red Sea Fish) with stationary for school to each girl, alongside donated clothes. They were hugely grateful.

In addition to our fantastic knitters and donators, we would also like to extend a special thanks to Banwell Football Club, Clevedon FC and Aston Villa Football club who all donated full strips to school  football and Rugby teams. We were even able to play a game of football with one of the schools (Churchill and Clevedon v Rigoma Secondary School). We lost terribly and there was a cow on the field, but all competitors absolutely looked the part!

These donations make a huge difference to the communities that we visit and truly enriches the trip for our students.

Thank you so much!

Miss Bayford

 

Keen knitters required!

This summer, a group of our students will be travelling to Kenya along with Clevedon, Gordano and Chew Valley schools, to do humanitarian work through locally based charity Mend the Gap. We have been asked by the charity to bring with us red, green or blue school jumpers for the students that we will be working with.
 
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. 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.  If you are able to help, please click here for the knitting pattern required and more information.  For further information, please contact Kate Bayford in Design and Technology. We will be hugely appreciative of any donations that you can make!

 

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