Pupils carry buckets of water to raise money for Kenyan school

Pupils at Nether Alderley Primary School have raised over a thousands pounds for local charity Wilmslow Wells for Africa which aims to improve life in drought-stricken areas of Africa.

Children in Years 3 and 4 spent the summer term looking at Africa and invited Jenny Gibbs from Wilmslow Wells to talk to the class about the charity and its work with rural communities providing clean, more reliable sources of water.

Jenny said, "I was very impressed with the interest taken and the questions asked about our work."

One of the issues discussed was the distance that women and girls have to walk to collect water. The children then decided to raise money by being sponsored to carry a bucket of water. In teams of four the aim was to walk 2 km, although all teams walked much further.

Jenny added "I then returned to receive a cheque for £1049.30 from the pupils - an amazing achievement. One of their comments was how heavy the water was and what hard work it was. It was agreed to link this money raised with a particular project that we are funding.

"It was agreed that this should be a school of 200 children, mostly orphans, in Kenya. Here we are funding the completion of a huge tank for water harvesting. At the moment these children walk to the nearby valleys to collect water in jerry cans.

"On behalf of Wilmslow Wells for Africa I would like to thank the pupils for all their hard work in raising the money and I look forward to being able to tell them that their effort was worth while when I can report that the project is complete."

Nether Alderley Primary School, Wilmslow Wells for Africa