£50,000 aid for African school
A couple have dedicated almost 20 years to raising money for a school in Africa.
Mr and Mrs Patrick Stevens of Brickyard Lane, Farnsfield, have raised around £50,000 for Quality Primary School in Kampala, Uganda.
They became involved with the Nanganda Project in 1988 when Pastor Janet Kibwika from the Blessed Christian Centre in Kampala gave a sermon in St Michael’s Church, Farnsfield.
Mr Stevens (72) said: “She told us of the problems facing the school.
“It was a great privilege to meet someone who lived in Uganda and had first-hand experience of the horrors in such poverty. She delivered a very poignant message.
“Education should be a right for all people. When they open the doors at the school for recruitment there are queues around the block because the children are so thirsty for knowledge.”
Quality Primary School is a small private school in a poor part of Kampala and is attended by about 250 children aged from five to 12.
Around £30,000 of the money raised by Mr and Mrs Stevens has gone towards school fees.
The rest has helped provide piped water and electricity and refurbish classrooms and dormitories.
“Most children will attend primary school and the successful ones, if they can afford it, will go on to secondary schools,” said Mr Stevens.
“Even if the state provides education the parents have to provide the books and clothes for the children.
“It is important to support the primary school because in a country such as Uganda if we can give the children a basic education and an awareness of Aids we will hopefully save some young lives.
“We would love to be able to take the children through secondary education and beyond because they have such an enthusiasm for learning but there are limits to what we can do.”
Mr Stevens and his wife, Mrs Sue Stevens, raise money with raffles, by opening their garden and appealing for donations.
They must raise at least £5,000 a year to provide school fees for the 55 children a year they sponsor.
A carol concert in Southwell Minster at 7.30pm tomorrow organised by Southwell Lions Club will go the Nanganda Project.
The concert features Southwell Orchestral Society and Southwell Choral Society.
Tickets, priced £5 for adults and £3 for children, are available from The Minster Shop, Church Street, Southwell.
The money raised will pay for the refurbishment of the school kitchen.