Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moving Mountains for African Orphans

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moving Mountains for African Orphans

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Byline: By Amanda Crook

Pupils raising pounds 35,000 to fund Kenyan trip to help youngsters living in poverty

Youngsters are heading to Africa to help build a school for orphans.

Pupils from Newcastle's Walbottle Technology College (pictured) also hope to climb a mountain and experience a safari during their month-long trip to Kenya.

However, the 20-strong group, aged 16 to 18, need to raise pounds 35,000 before they head off in July.

The students are working with the Moving Mountains Trust charity to create the trip of a lifetime.

Jennifer Tulip, 16, said: "We've all seen charity campaigns on television and in the newspapers. We are all aware of the life led by the young people of East Africa and how it is so different from the lives we lead here.

"Often the contrast between here and there is just so great and shocking that we find ourselves thinking we are too far away to really make a difference but with the help of Moving Mountains we are determined to do just that.

"This expedition really is a remarkable opportunity for us, and it is so important to us all that we achieve our goal."

The students will help Moving Mountains provide a school for orphaned children in Western Kenya.

According to the charity, many children are born HIV positive and things have been made worse in the area by a recent famine and widespread poverty.

The charity works with youngsters living with very few facilities and opportunities in rural villages and those who live rough in appalling conditions on the city streets.

Walbottle students will help teach the youngsters a range of skills from English to washing up.

Alex Lamert, the school's progression coach, said: "This is an amazing opportunity for the pupils to experience a different culture.

"Walbottle pupils mostly come from an area that is classified as socially-deprived but our youngsters will see poverty on a totally different scale. …

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