Twenty-two students from MFC Foundation’s partner school Acklam Grange visited Africa over the summer as part of an education-based charity venture, which spreads across two major developing countries in the continent.
The Meserani Project, which was set up by the pupils, staff, parents and friends of Acklam Grange School Middlesbrough, has brought together young people from Africa and Teesside, making a huge impact on the lives of many children and families in developing areas of Kenya and Tanzania.
As of March 2014, ten classrooms have been built, furnished and equipped in three primary schools in Meserani, Tanzania, and 116 pupils from these schools are currently being sponsored to attend secondary school (with 24 pupils being sponsored through their further education).
Since 2007, the trip has run every two years, and on this visit MFC Foundation were delighted to get involved by donating stationary and sporting equipment to help with both the children’s classroom learning and recreational breaks between lessons.
Acklam Grange, who work alongside the Foundation through the ‘Stepping Up’ programme, raise money throughout the year to help build classrooms, provide equipment and fund learning through a variety of manners, including hand-crafted African jewellery stalls, raffles and sponsored events.
Steven Bell, MFC Foundation ‘Stepping Up’ Coordinator said: “It was a pleasure to support such an outstanding project.
“The staff and students at Acklam Grange School should be extremely proud of themselves. Being a charity ourselves, we understand how important it is to help other disadvantaged projects.
“Education should be available to all, so for us to be able to provide some basic equipment and stationary, that was the least we could do.”
For more information about The Meserani Project, just click here.