Cardiff School rasies money for Rwandan Children

March 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm (Cardiff news) (, , , )

A PRIMARY school in Cardiff has raised money for new classrooms in a primary school in Rwanda through their partnership with the African school. Llanederyn Primary School has been raising funds for Kigali Junior Academy and Kayonza Primary School for the last four years.

Each year the school has managed to raise about £250 to go towards the school. The money was raised from donations at the school’s harvest festival celebrations and has been enough to build and furnish two new classrooms at Kayonza Primary School. They have also received donations from the British Council. Kayonza School is a charity project for Llanederyn but the links with Kigali Junior Academy is an equitable link where both schools benefit.

Madeleine Fox, who teaches at Llanederyn Primary School set up the link through her brother, after she visited her family who live in the Kayonza district of Rwanda. Ms Fox has helped arrange events in the school and has organised her own events outside of her teaching. A concert she organised at the Electricity Social and Welfare Club in Llandaff included performances from a school teacher’s band. The event managed to raise £1,000. Ms Fox has raised more than £2,000 for the Rwandan schools through a number of charity events.

Ms Fox said: “I initially went out to Rwanda to visit my family and we vitied the schools. We have had the link for about four years we have been sending letters back to them. I think the links are good for the children because we do not want them to feel that a link has to be charitable, it can also be equitable. The equitable link with the academy exists because it is not such a poor school and it is very important to move the children out of stereotypes of poor Africans.”

Ms Fox and another teacher, Helena Jones, visited Kayonza Primary School in May 2008 during an exchange visit and were shown around the two new classrooms. The Rwandan school has now renamed itself the Kayonza Llanederyn Primary School in recognition of the link. Some of the students have now got pen pals with the pupils in the African schools and regularly write to them. Members of staff from Kayonza Primary School also came over the teach in Llanederyn, and showed pupils traditional flags, drums, instruments and dances.

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Children do charity

March 19, 2009 at 11:18 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

With charity and giving being on everyone’s mind at the moment for Comic Relief tonight (Fri), people are putting themselves through all kinds of trials and tribulation to raise money for children both in the United Kingdom and Africa.

This year the slogan is ‘Do something funny for money’, and students, schools and businesses all over Cardiff are performing tasks such as dressing in pyjamas all day to telling jokes to raise funds for the cause.

But what happens when all the fun surrounding Comic Relief stops? It is easy to forget the help that is needed, especially in Africa where children are suffering daily. One Cardiff school broke the trend and decided last year to raise money for an East African orphanage, so they would receive money and help at a time of year when they may not be in the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Albany Primary School, Albany Road, Plasnewydd celebrated their harvest festival in October by raising money for the East African Mission Orphanage in Kenya. Now the money has been put to good us and the orphanage has just managed to buy new bunk beds with the donations that were raised by the pupils. The beds means the children, who are in the orphanage after losing their parents to disease or not being properly cared for, can have a better night’s sleep and be more comfortable in their surroundings.

All classes, from class one to class 14 took part in the Harvest Festival on October 6. They had the choice of either donating food to local homeless centres or donating money to the orphanage. They managed to raise £150 to be sent to Kenya. Jody Sage, 27,teacher of class 9 pupils, helped organise the donation to Mission Orphanage after she travelled through Africa and had visited the orphanage herself.

The school prefers to donate to a cause that is linked to one of their teachers, so Mrs Sage suggested the orphanage would be perfect as the children would be able to relate to it by helping other children.

Mrs Sage said: “We spent 24 hours at the orphanage with the children. They are children at the need of the day and need help. It is a brilliant orphanage but it is only voluntary so they need support.”

The orphanage has been established for more than 10 years, and provides a home for more than 125 children and teenage mothers. They care for children who would end up either dying a premature death through malnutrition, or walking the streets in search of food. They often turn to as a means of survival. The children are often taken into Kenyan gangs and are exploited by the gang leaders. The orphanage tries to find the children and help them before they are forced onto the streets.

Because they are so short of funding, they rely on donations to survive. The orphanage only applies to children who are orphans, not HIV victims, which Mrs Sage say is a problem for the institution, as HIV sufferers often get a lot of coverage and support but places such as the orphanage are overlooked.

The children at Albany Primary School were sent photos of the orphans and the new beds they had brought with the donations from the school. Mrs Sage said the children were very pleased to have seen the photos and how their money had been used to help other children like themselves.

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