13 May 2016

St Philips Primary School, Odd Down, Bath

St Philip’s Primary School, Odd Down near Bath, have raised an amazing £9,441 – to provide clean water and sanitation for the village of Kouma, a rural community of 600 people in Sierra Leone.

Following the awful Ebola outbreak which affected Sierra Leone and other parts of East Africa, the children of St Philip’s Primary School responded to the shocking statistic that worldwide every minute a child dies from lack of access to clean water. They took up the challenge with an initial aim to raise £8,600 to drill a bore hole and build a toilet block to provide clean safe water and sanitation to the village. The fundraising was boosted by generous donations from members of St Philip & St James Church, and the St Philip’s Drama Group.

This has been a great example of the school reaching out via the local community to help children and families across the world who have so little. Pupils and staff have been imaginative in their methods of fundraising which have ranged from selling painted stones, cookies, homemade cakes and beanbag frogs to sponsored swimming, cycling and pogo jumping. It has been heart warming to see even the youngest pupils joining in.

One nine year old pupil, Louie, raised nearly £550 pounds. The enormous fundraising effort was overseen by Kevin Mottram who inspired the community with the words of Jesus: ‘I was thirsty and you gave me a drink’.

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