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Kind-hearted Gower college students raise cash for African library

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

Gower college Gorseinon students who have been involved in challenges to raise money to fund books for a library in an African school

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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.

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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.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 06 2014, 2:29PM

    Eureka1963 where is your local library, i understand many are now to be run by local volunteers. BTW these books are going to a school library, none of which have closed in our area!

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  • Eureka1963  |  April 06 2014, 11:09AM

    Great project...maybe it will catch on in the UK, I remember taking my local library for granted...it's gone now...

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 05 2014, 11:29PM

    dianately I think you could do with reading a few books yourself. Janet and John come to mind

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  • dianately  |  April 05 2014, 6:40PM

    what about the families & children in the uk hat re suffering. that's think of them first I say. think they advertise to much on tv all ready.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 05 2014, 5:04PM

    Well done to these youngsters, they have made a big difference to so many youngsters all those miles away

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