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Flushed with success - funds for Malawi!

Published Thursday 12th of May 2016 01:59:26 PM

A tremendous £2,264.50 has been raised through pupils’ toilet challenge antics at The Blue Coat School in Birmingham. After learning that Jalo Primary School in Nkhotakota, Malawi had only 5 permanent toilets for its 2,000 pupils, and 5 more temporary ones (dug in the ground), pupils decided to raise money for their friends overseas, in rather an unusual way! Blue Coat Teacher Miss Lucy Ward, who has visited Malawi to deliver teacher training and who knows Jalo Primary School well, set up a toilet-themed obstacle course around the Sports Hall. Over the course of two afternoons, the children were sponsored to complete challenges ranging from toilet seat hoopla to building toilet roll towers or playing toilet roll hockey! The children approached the challenge with great enthusiasm and garnered sponsorship from family and friends. Nine year-old, Hannah Smith, raised an incredible £300, which, together with other generous donations, meant that the school’s original target of £1,500 was more than achievable. Pupils have been able to help a thriving school that is faced with utterly different circumstances. Further still, they have learnt not only that they are they lucky enough to have all the water and facilities they need in this country, but also that their counterparts in Malawi still have a long road ahead of them before the new toilet block is completed. Water from the lake will be collected and soaked into a designated area of ground on the school site, from which all the bricks needed will be moulded, before being spread across the site to dry in the sun. This will take up to a year, before building work can then commence. But the process has started; plans are already in place to build a separate teacher’s toilet and a new toilet block for the children. Mr Chrispin Dakalira, Head of Jalo Primary School, was thrilled to receive the donation, which amounts to more than 2 million Malawian kwacha, and commented, “Learners, teachers, councillors, the parent teacher association and the community appreciate the help and we are all very thankful. It’s amazing to have new toilets at our school. May God bless each and every one who helped in raising the funds and giving a hand and heart to us.”
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