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Monday, February 24, 2014

Week 6: Frederick Gough School Visit

After another busy week at Kabeela continuing our work developing the child sponsorship scheme, new website and plans for the forthcoming open day, alongside the usual weekly schedule of clubs, on Saturday 22nd February we welcomed eight students and two teachers from Frederick Gough School for the day.

Based in north Lincolnshire, this secondary school very kindly donated the impressive sum of £2000 to Kabeela which they raised over the course of the past two years through various fundraising activities.

In order to find out more about Kabeela and how their money will be used, we planned a day of activities starting with a brief introduction to the Kabeela team, as well as to the traditional welcoming drink called ‘zoom koom’, before setting off to visit a school in the nearby village of Soumassi where we would also be performing the play we had been rehearsing for the past few weeks in theatre club.

After arriving in Soumassi, we spent some time at the school introducing ourselves and exchanging information about the differences between the Frederick Gough school in England and the village school, for example in England the school has 1200 pupils and 70 teachers and in Soumassi they have 130 pupils and only two teachers. To help with the limited resources at the school the staff and students from Frederick Gough had brought many items with them ranging from solar powered lights to toy planes, all of which were greatly appreciated by the headmaster and children.

Frederick Gough students presenting the Soumassi school pupils with donated items

By this point, many local people had gathered at the school so a larger than expected audience was ready to see the women’s performance of the play concerning family planning and the nutritional benefits of Moringa and they were not disappointed! The women delivered a great performance, resulting in many questions being raised and discussed at the end.

Kabeela's theatre club performance

We then returned back to Guilongou for lunch but unfortunately a few of the Frederick Gough students had become slightly ill so they decided it was best to return to their hotel. Despite this though, the morning was highly enjoyable for all involved and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the students and staff for visiting and above all, for their generous donation.


Thank you for reading and have a good week :]

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