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Havering pupils return from charity trip to Ethiopia

PUBLISHED: 19:00 12 August 2013

Pupils with the children from the village.

Pupils with the children from the village.

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Youngsters from two schools in Havering have returned from a trip to Ethiopia to provide 50 water filters for local families.

The pupils from Bekoji welcome the Havering group.The pupils from Bekoji welcome the Havering group.

Staff and pupils from The Albany School, in Hornchurch, and Marshalls Park School, in Romford, have been raising funds throughout the year for the month-long trip.

They visited the village Bekoji to provide the filters and a 5,000 litre water tank for Bethany School.

They also raised enough money to fund the school’s resources for the coming academic year.

The pupils also built a volleyball court and a dry-walled fire area to protect from an open fire.

Gary Wimbush, assistant headteacher at The Albany School, said: “This is the second year our two schools have provided such projects in African countries.

“The boys and girls work so hard and give up so much to help other people. They are a real credit to their families, schools and communities.”

He added: “The children also got busy with their saws and hammers and made five double bunk beds for families.

“The beds ensured families could sleep off the floor, helping to prevent diseases caught by laying on wet surfaces. One lady, 80, had never slept in a bed before in the whole of her life.”

Jack Fallon, a Year 11 student at The Albany, said: “We can see our efforts are really making a difference to people, but we have gained a life enhancing opportunity.”


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