Jan’s first visit and what she thought
life changing experience
for me to do – very hands on
happiness and joy of the whole school was so apparent
to see how excited the children are, and witnessing their hope for the future
is clear to see
- Seeing first-hand the wonderful work
of the charity – please continue to support them
am definitely going back
Trustees Carol Groves and Shirley
Fisher returned to Unity School, Mombasa in January 2019. A supporter Jan
Watson also went with them.
During the last two years (thanks to
a generous legacy) a new building with 5 classrooms and toilet blocks has been under
construction. The new building, now complete and ready for the pupils to occupy,
had its official opening during our visit.
It was a very special day with celebrations all round. The pupils and teachers had a lovely meal,
thanks to the Contractor who picked up the bill. Dr Luke and his wife, plus the parents
association and someone from the educational department all took part in the
celebrations. It was a very special day
and one that we will never forget.
Carol’s Blog – 19th January 2019
We have had a busy few days in Mombasa and also at Unity School. We had a productive meeting with our Contractor who hands over the new building on Thursday, when we will have an official opening. The new classrooms are spacious and cool, and the new toilet blocks have 8 toilets and washbasins in the girls and boys blocks. Tomorrow we are taking 90 pupils, 8 teachers and us 3 to Fort Jesus for a school outing. We had a meeting with Dr Luke who looks after the medical care of all pupils and he and his wife will be attending the official opening. More soon.
Back to the bookshops in Mombasa – that were closed for lunch last time we tried, Successfully spent nearly £1000 on text books thanks to Dan and Katrina’s wedding guests. It took 3 hours but we were supplied with coconut water and conversations on Imran Khan’s time as a Sussex cricket player!. Back at school we did more volumes of prisms- using some the girders from the new roof as examples, Then singing again, ready for Thursday’s prayer day with grade 8. Karyn did a session on phonics with the lower primary teachers. – they will soon be speaking the Queen’s English!
Students from Aga Khan Academy – Global Encounters Project, have been working with Unity School children on Music, Dance, Art, Drama, Public Speaking and, of course, football. Not many of these subjects are on the curriculum and resources so limited. On Monday they will showcase all that our pupils have achieved.
Click here to read my Prayer letter and find out about some of the things I hope to do during my visit Prayer letter July 18