Supporting Ugandan School Exchange
Talented local schoolgirl, Kitty McDermott, is raising funds to participate in an exciting exchange programme with Ugandan schools.
The enterprising student is crafting unique home decorations and gifts which are now being sold on her behalf at RE:SOURCE Vintage in St. Austell.
The Ugandan Exchange Visit provides a wonderful opportunity for over 20 local students to visit Uganda, taste the African way of life and spend quality time with students from their sister schools located near Masaka. Most of the children in these schools have been orphaned, either through HIV / AIDS, malaria or war. Yet they are so happy, positive and eager to make the most of their lives; making them terrific models to English students.
During the visits Richard Lander students get support in many ways: working in the school as classroom assistants teaching English to primary aged children, helping renovate and paint some of the school buildings and orphan houses, as well as working on the attached farm milking cows, harvesting crops, and helping with some carpentry projects such as making pig pens.
"The 'Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation' is a registered NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) founded by a Christian couple, Molly and Paul M Wasswa. They are the same people who formed the 'Pearl of Africa Children's Choir' being supported by Pearl of Africa Child Care Ltd; now a UK Registered Charity."
"The Pearl of Africa Choir on their UK tour needed accommodation, so two of the girls (Rashida, 15, and Immaculate, 10) came to stay with me and my family. They fit all their worldly belongings into a carrier bag and yet were two of the happiest people I have ever met. While they were here it opened my eyes to the privileged life we live where we take things such as education, family, food, healthcare and safety for granted. Even down to the smaller things such as underwear and sanitary products. I hope with my fundraising and trip to Uganda, I will be able to make an improvement, however small, to the lives of these children."
Kitty has been making a number of gorgeous homewares in her spare time including wall mounted papier Mache decoupage, deer heads and pretty hanging hearts, all of which are on display and available to purchase from the popular RE:SOURCE Vintage shop on Church Street.
This is a wonderful opportunity for local students to develop a global perspective and their understanding of community; which will hopefully shape their futures towards a more caring, just and sustainable world.
Pop into RE:SOURCE Vintage next time you are in St. Austell and support Kitty in her ambitions to help this developing community she cares so deeply about.
- Tara Jones