Gosport school donates laptops to Kenyan pupils

Sir David Latham High School, Malindi, Kenya, which Graham Smith visited in October
Sir David Latham High School, Malindi, Kenya, which Graham Smith visited in October

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PUPILS at a deprived Kenyan school will receive laptops after a generous donation from a primary school in Gosport.

Leesland Church of England Junior School in Gordon Road, Gosport, has given four five-year-old laptops to a Lee-on-the-Solent based group, which supports the Sir David Latham School in Malindi, Kenya.

The school was set up to teach those orphaned or infected by HIV and Aids.

As previously reported in The News, Graham Smith, from Lee-on-the-Solent, set up the Friends of Sir David Latham School, with its first meeting last month.

He hopes that a local school will twin with the Kenyan school, which receives no state funding, following his own visit to the country.

The Gosport-based school no longer needed the laptops after upgrading and did not want to throw them away.

Mr Smith said he is encouraged after the Gosport school’s donation, even though they will not be twinning.

He said: ‘It’s encouraging as it came out of the networking after we had the meeting.

‘It’s the first time we’ve actually got a donation of equipment, they actually offered a lot of stuff but we have a problem with storage.

‘It’s early days but I have dropped off the laptops on Wednesday to someone who is going to Kenya.’

Sam Pollard, the IT technician at Leesland Junior School, said she had found out about Mr Smith’s group after contacting Gosport Voluntary Action.

She said: ‘We didn’t want to destroy them and we didn’t have the money to pay for transport costs.

‘Fortunately, contacting Gosport Voluntary Action, we found the school.

‘It’s ideal for them for basic computing, with internet access and basic word processing, that sort of thing.

‘It’s nice to see where they’re being used and to know they can benefit students who don’t have a great deal, so that’s really good.’

She added that they had also wanted to donate desktop computers to the school through Mr Smith’s group.

But he was unable to take those as the group has limited storage space, so the desktop units were given to Fareham Community Church, who help the homeless and deprived people in the area.

Mr Smith said: ‘The problem we have is storage, we do have some in London but it would be good to have somewhere locally.

‘There is a problem is transporting the goods, storing it and getting it out.’

Contact Mr Smith on graham.l.smith@live.co.uk if you can help.