Carpentry students from City College Brighton and Hove have embarked on a major charity project, helping poor communities in Kenya, and they need your help!
The apprentices will be participating in a voluntary project in Kenya, from 12th to 26th July 2010. As a group of students and tutors they will undertake a number of construction projects using the skills and knowledge they have gained at City College. They will be working alongside local workers supporting the development of the church-run school for destitute children from the slum region of Nakurn. See www.thewalkcentre.org
The carpentry apprentices at City College are going to Kenya and need to raise a further £5,000 in sponsorship.Many of these young people come from underprivileged backgrounds and they are looking for all the support they can get.
There are 11 carpentry apprentices, Levels 1, 2 and 3. Their ages range from 16 to 23 years, so the college is taking a range of ability from beginners and improvers, to Level 3.
There are plans to build basic accommodation for the children and their families, which will drastically improve their living conditions. The fundraising will pay for the building materials needed for these projects.
The project relies on overseas volunteers to help teach the children basic english, maths, science and geography at the school. The apprentices will have the opportunity to spend some time helping in the school, which will be a valuable experience for them all. The fundraising will also enable the school to give free porridge and “ugali” (the local staple diet) to the children each day. Once a week they receive a piece of fresh fruit.
During the evenings the apprentice volunteers will work on supporting a football project for disadvantaged young men aged 16-21 years from deprived slum areas. There are no employment or education opportunities for these young people and football gives them a sense of belonging and purpose. They are a dedicated team who train every evening and play fixtures each weekend. As the World Cup will have just finished it will be an exciting time! Any donations of football shirts/shorts or footballs will also be gratefully received.
The trip will be truly a memorable one for the apprentices as they experience a range of sights and emotions. Each of them will be challenged by the experience which will have a significant impact on their outlook.
Any support that you may be able to offer the apprentices will be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to support these young people on the experience of a lifetime, please contact Tom on 01273 667788 ext 548 or 07914 530645 or email: Tjd@ccb.ac.uk