Pupils assist charity during life-changing trip to Africa

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE Park Community School pupil Eden Fountain high-fives local children
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE Park Community School pupil Eden Fountain high-fives local children
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PUPILS from a school in Havant were given a once in a lifetime experience thanks to a charity working in Africa.

Park Community School in Middle Park Way, Havant, sent 13 lucky year 10 pupils off to Mbeya, south-west Tanzania, recently.

Despite the hot weather, the group were eager to help make and supply much-needed water filters, enrol children into a sponsorship programme, as well as deliver blankets and food parcels to the poorest families in the area.

The school decided to team up with Grassroots, a non-profit organisation which aims to work with local communities and primary schools to enhance their knowledge of their environment and how they can effectively farm without damaging much-needed resources.

The organisation has been devotedly working in Tanzania for more than 20 years and has allowed a number of school groups to assist with its projects.

This was the first time that Park Community School had participated. The idea came after one of the school’s key pastoral workers, Barney Barron, who visited Tanzania with Grassroots 10 years ago, suggested the pupils take up this life-changing experience.

He thought that it would be a beneficial opportunity for the pupils to have the same experience that he had all those years ago.

The main aim of the trip was to broaden the pupils’ horizons and their knowledge of other cultures.

Park Community School teacher, Leeanne Wingham, said: ‘This was Park’s first trip but we want to create an ongoing link with Grassroots in Tanzania.

‘I think we have all come back with a changed attitude to what matters and to what we really need.

‘I was amazed and inspired by the Tanzanian children we met, but also by our students, who embraced every challenge with an open mind and worked hard without a single moan. I feel very privileged to have taken part in the trip.’

The pupils spent the final day of the 10-day trip reflecting on their achievements on a beach near Dar es Salaam.