A GROUP of kind-hearted students have set their eyes on a new library full of books — for pupils more than 4,500 miles away.
Now in its 11th year, the college’s Kenya Community Education Project has raised thousands of pounds for Madungu Primary School.
The dedicated fundraising of the Welsh youngsters provides free school dinners for 130 pupils in the African school, as well as funding three teachers and a cook, and classroom supplies.
And now they have committed themselves to raising cash to provide something students in this country take for granted — access to a library.
Project co-ordinator Pat Reid said: “We aim to raise £1,200 with the current fund-raising in order to be able to finish building the library which started at the school in 2012.
“This will make Madungu the only school in the area to have a library.
“At the moment, the pupils do not even have an area in which to sit and read.
“The library will be open to the community and be an enormous asset to the area.”
Fundraising events for the library have included a “Man vs Food” challenge, a cake stall, hair and beauty sessions, and staff and students completing the 40mile Cannock Chase sponsored walk.
Their efforts have so far raised £750, meaning they are more than half-way to funding the new library.
Students and staff from the college visit Madungu every two years, taking with them educational and sporting materials.
While there, they hold meetings with parents and members of the community to talk about what help is need.
They also help in the classroom and organise sporting activities.
The project was started in 2003 after a former college student taught in the East African country while on a gap year.
Gower college Gorseinon students involved in raising money to fund books for a library at an African school.