This year the Montrose Academy Nyumbani Group organised a uniform free day in school to raise funds for its partnership school in Africa.
The school called it the ‘Spirit of Africa Day’ and asked pupils and staff to dress in an African theme. There were herds of giraffes, zebras, monkeys, a gorilla and an African lady wandering around the school. Some were even spotted walking to and from school, raising a few eyebrows on the way.
The money raised is being used to cover the cost of the three students the school is sponsoring from Lawson High School, which is part of the Nyumbani organisation in Kenya.
Each house in school has been allocated one of the African students and is responsible for fund-raising the £250 per year per student required. This covers their education, books and stationary, food at the school and the uniform that is compulsory to gain entry into the education system.
The latest project has been to make and collect ‘Fish and Chips’ jumpers and hats. These will be sent out to Sister Mary (Executive Director of Nyumbani) and she will take them to the clinics that she runs in the Kibera slums. They are called ‘Fish and Chips’ jumpers because sometimes the newborns are sent home wrapped in newspapers as they have no other resources.
Thanks have been extended to Webster’s High School, Kirriemuir, which heard about the project and has contributed over 30 jumpers and hats to the haul. So far there are over 200 jumpers and hats.
The seniors in the group have taken all S1 and S2 PSE classes to show and talk about the partnership with Nyumbani. The junior pupils are receptive to these talks and have many interesting questions to ask. All of the children in the Nyumbani organization are either HIV positive or are affected by the virus.