Hazlegrove Pupils send clothes to Africa

16 Jan 2013

The packing of over 1,000 items of sports kit and children’s clothes including tracksuits, shirts, shorts and even Crocs, collected in the last couple of months by pupils from Hazlegrove School for its giant Harambee Clothes Sort, started in earnest at the end of October.

After a fun-filled afternoon of sorting, packing and labelling by pupils, staff and parents, the clothing is now ready to be shipped to the pupils of schools in Central Laikipia, Kenya, this month. The Harambee Clothes Sort took place as part of Hazlegrove’s ongoing support for the Kenyan schools.

Headmaster Richard Fenwick explains: “Education in Kenya is free up to the age of 13, and over a half of all children receive a primary education. Secondary education, however, is fee-based and most children are unable to attend due to these costs. At Hazlegrove we have launched a long-term commitment to supporting the secondary education of children in Kenya. Our objective is to provide an education for academically gifted children up until the age of 18, which otherwise would be unavailable to them. Sponsorship of our first two children starts in January 2013, which is the start of the Kenyan academic year.

“Harambee means “All Pull Together”. By working together, our help will make a difference. We might be educating the doctors, politicians and peace-makers of the future – people who can make a difference if given the opportunity to do so.”