Students travelled to Kenya this summer to improve the lives of children at an orphanage and school.
Thirty pupils and three teachers from Chichester High School contributed their time, energy and fundraising skills to improve the St Trizah orphanage school and The Walk centre in the shanty towns of Nakuru.
Tracey Waller, from the school, said: “Each pupil travelled with two full suitcases of clothes and stationery to distribute to the Kenyan children, who were utterly overcome by such generosity.
“They were equally appreciative of the projects the High School students undertook.
“With £150, a rusty saw and a broken claw hammer, the boys helped build two new classrooms at St Trizah.”
The timber and corrugated iron classrooms built by the students has reduced class sizes for the seven-year-olds, from the 70 they sometimes experienced.
“A tour of the slums in which many of the youngsters lived in Nakuru brought most of the students to tears as they recognised both the terrible conditions in which their hosts lived and the tremendous courage and joy that the Kenyan children displayed in response to such adversity,” said Miss Waller.
“The commitment from the pupils was extraordinary.
“They were exemplary role models and they mixed with, and learned from, their new rafiki, or friends, for every available minute of the day.
“They volunteered to teach, they entered football tournaments, they distributed food, they haggled for essential food and hygiene items and even cooked a special reward menu for over 200 pupils at The Walk Centre.”
Despite their best efforts, the pupils felt their work had ‘barely scratched the surface’ of the needs of the schools in Nakuru.
They were delighted when Chichester High School for Boys nominated St Trizah and The Walk as its charity for the coming academic year.
“If 30 students can have an impact with just a few hundred pounds then what could a returning group achieve if they were to have £2,000 or more,” added Miss Waller.
“Or even electricity or basic plumbing? It would be wonderful to think that dedicated teenagers from Chichester had brought about such life-changing improvements.
“Particularly since those same youngsters learned so much and built such lasting friendships with their peers in Kenya.”
The school thanked Sussex Police and The Hilton Foundation for their contributions.