Withycombe Raleigh C of E Primary School
Headteacher Mrs E Jones
Withycombe Village Road, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 3BA. Tel: (01395 263397)
End of challenge thank you letter, February 2023.
Over the last couple of years our school has developed a great friendship with the Hope 4 Kibera charity, which aims to improve the lives of children living in Africa's biggest urban slum, the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. On 17th October 2022 we were delighted to welcome Peter Abungu who was visiting the UK from Kenya.
Class Teacher Mrs Pritchard invited Peter to join us for our collective worship for children in years 3-6. He managed to squeeze in a visit before flying back to Kenya this afternoon! Peter explained a bit about what life is like for families living in The Kibera slum, which is home to around 800,000 people living in dire poverty. Children were shocked to learn that there’s only one toilet for more than a thousand people! The children asked some great questions about how students were selected to attend the Bright Hope school, and what food they typically eat. They were saddened to learn that often there’s not enough food for everyone in the family to eat on the same day. It was very inspiring to hear how hard the students work at school, and we learned that many of the girls hope to go on to help their community once they graduate.
At our last fundriaisng event we raised £780.50 for new textbooks for the ‘The Bright Hope Education Centre’ in Kibera, Kenya! We well and truly surpassed our target – thank you!
Each year group considered the obstacles to learning for the children in Africa and across the world,
e.g. poverty and being unable to pay school fees, poor health and nutrition, distance to travel to school, inadequate teaching materials, special educational needs, etc. They then completed their own obstacle events/races to raise money for this charity.
Thank you to Anne Wynne from the Hope4Kibera Team who came to support us and give us greater insights into the Kibera slum and the Bright Hope Education Centre School, and thank you to everyone who donated and helped us to raise money for this fantastic cause!
NEW March 2022 - some great videos to thank the project for support, including help to buy books.
Our previous work:
In February 2021 we held a 4Challenge Day and you raised enough for 45 food boxes to be given to families in Kibera. Each box feeds a family for a whole week!
4Challenge was the focus of all learning for the day on 11th February and each child took part in some form of 4Challenge activity. The children have been inspired by this project and have come up with their own ideas for how we can fundraise. Ideas include dance-athons, kindness activities, and a 4-part marathon art session.
Chris Omondi and Peter Abungu sent their greetings to you all and are so grateful for your partnership in their work. They watched the interview on this page between Mrs Jones and Linda online and are so encouraged by your initiative. All the team in Kibera, and we at Hope4Kibera, wish you every blessing, success and, most importantly, fun in your special day.
NEW! Below is a special thank you message from the girls at the Bright Hope Education Centre.
They address their message to 'Dr Charlie and Withycombe Raleigh Primary School!'
Year 3 shared their Kibera art challenge - here are a few examples, including work sent in from home.
Year 2 coloured Kenyan flags and had a go at some African-style drumming!
Watch this video: Mrs Jones and Linda Collins talk about Hope4Kibera.
Find out more here: https://www.hope4kibera.org.uk/
Can you find Kibera on a map?
With about 800,000 people living in Kibera, you can see that the slums cover a really big area.
How does this compare to the population of Exmouth? Can you find out?