A GROUP of students from Parkwood 6th Form spent 10 days helping and working with locals in one of the poorest countries in the world.
The 26 students and staff volunteered for the Quicken Trust charity in the large village of Kabubbu, Uganda.
While there, they built a boys’ toilet block for the school, painted and decorated four rooms for children in the foster home.
They visited families, assessing their needs, providing them with the most basic of essentials for survival, such as mosquito nets, bedding, water butts, agricultural tools and seeds.
Students also taught classes in the Primary and Secondary Schools, led assemblies, and provided desperately needed teaching resources.
Working with Hastings GP, Dr Gautam Sengupta, three students gained valuable experience for their planned medical careers, helping in the village’s medical centre in outreach clinics.
Student Ollie Coekin gave more than 40 donated recorders to the Primary School where he led lessons for around 60 pupils in recorder playing. Many of the recorders had been donated by Observer readers.
Leah Humphries, one of the students who went, said: “The trip to Kabubbu was beyond expectations. It was an amazing experience that was full of life-changing opportunities. Being able to work and play with the orphans was hugely rewarding yet emotional at the same time.
“Seeing the development of our building challenge throughout our trip was incredibly encouraging as we could all see the impacts we were making. I came home with a new-found confidence, an appreciation of how much we have in our society.”
The students and staff paid for their flights and accommodation individually but, before going, worked incredibly hard to raise £15,000 for their work in Kabubbu. Sue Warren, group leader, said: “We are so grateful to the many local organisations and individuals who supported us, particularly to the 247247 taxi company which generously sponsored our transport to and from Heathrow, and to everyone at William Parker Sports College, Helenswood, Aspects Hairdressers, the Lions Club, Bar Moda, Walkers Bar, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Asda, as well as all of those who donated at our many fundraising events. Without them all, our work in Uganda would not have been possible.”
More details about the work of the Quicken Trust in Kabubbu can be found at www.quickentrust.com.