A bright project for poor kids

Scout uniforms donated by Newminster Middle School, Morpeth
Scout uniforms donated by Newminster Middle School, Morpeth

A North East charity that helps to change lives in an African country has received a helping hand from a Morpeth school.

And Team Kenya is hoping that residents and businesses in the town will support its challenge to buy solar lamps for all of the pupils in its partner schools so they can continue to study after it gets dark.

With little or no electricity, families in Ndhiwa – a small town blighted by poverty and Aids in western Kenya – rely on expensive and dangerous kerosene lamps that emit toxic fumes.

But the project under way will provide them with a solar lamp, which will give free, clean light for five years and help the youngsters to carry on with their lives once the sun goes down.

Team Kenya already has dedicated supporters in Morpeth, with Newminster Middle School and Technology College among those who have donated uniforms to students in Ndhiwa.

Founder Val Wilson said: “We have built up very strong links with Ndhiwa and also have some great supporters here in the region.

“Even though solar lamps are now available in this part of Kenya, most families cannot afford the upfront cost of purchasing one for themselves as they have to spend the little money they have on daily necessities such as food and school fees.”

For more information about the charity, visit www.teamkenya.org.uk