Help Build Africa
Build Africa, is reaching out to nearly 2,000 local businesses, asking them to collectively help raise the £33,280 needed to build a primary school in a remote area of Uganda. "We are an award-winning charity that specialises in education and income generation in Kenya and Uganda and we've been based in Tunbridge Wells for over 12 years, but few businesses know about working with us," says Build Africa's corporate fundraiser Jackie Sindall. "This year we truly want to engage with the local business community in which we are a part."
The charity will host events in October 2010 and February 2011 for participating companies to network with other like-minded businesses in the Tunbridge Wells area and to celebrate their achievement. These businesses currently include Tunbridge Wells-based design and print company Printwells and Warners Law LLP, Sevenoaks, who have both supported the charity for many years.
The current focus for the charity is The ‘Elimu Challenge' (Elimu meaning education in Swahili,) seeking to raise over £33k to provide brick buildings and improve sanitary conditions for the 369 pupils of Puuna Primary School in Uganda, giving them the skills to get themselves and their families out of poverty.
Established in 2004, Build Africa has worked with over 100,000 young people at 101 schools in rural areas of Kenya and Uganda. Since that time, there has been a 75% increase in enrolment and a 71% increase in entry to primary leaving exams at the schools the charity has worked with.
If you or your company would like to get involved in Build Africa's ‘Elimu Challenge', please contact Jackie Sindall at Jackie@ build-africa.org.uk or at 01892 519 619 www.build-africa.org.uk