Gresham’s Charity of the Year

At Gresham’s our pupils are encouraged to develop and foster a sense of moral and social responsibility, with many pupils and staff regularly fundraising for local and international charities.

Each year the school selects a charity to support and pupils get involved in all sorts of exciting fundraising events. Past activities have included sleeping outside in an igloo, cycling from Norfolk to Cornwall, dressing up, leg shaving and organising cake sales, to name a few.

Gresham’s is delighted to announce that The Kenyan Charities will be this year’s focus.  Olpalagilagi Primary School has grown in the last five years from 100 to more than 400 pupils, with thirteen teachers.  Some of the pupils walk up to an hour to get to school and do so through bush that hides dangerous wildlife.  When Gresham’s first became involved with the school, very few girls attended and stayed at home to collect water and firewood.  Now, many girls attend the school.

Through the generosity of Mr Tyler, a Gresham’s Prep School parent, and Porvair, the school children now have access to clean water via a newly installed water filter.  Gresham’s has planted trees at the school which provide shade for the children and a fence has been built offering them protection from wildlife.  Many of the children now board. A new kitchen is being built at the school, thanks to the generosity of our Prep School parents and this year we are looking to supply basic toiletries for the boarders.  Queens’ House is now supporting a young pupils with a profound hearing impairment so that he is able to attend a specialist school.

Immanuel Afrika (I Afrika) is a grassroots organisation that provides holistic care for boys left to fend for themselves on the harsh, unforgiving streets of Nairobi.  Many of them have been exposed to horrific levels of physical and sexual abuse.  I Afrika runs a home and a school for fifty rescued boys and provides food and medical outreach to hundreds more.

Following the fundraising by Gresham’s some of the money has been used to fund a playroom for the children. The children have been so excited that they have been involved in preparing, sanding and painting it (see above photos).