Obviously a wondrously effective organisation. Small, but exquisite in every detail”
Bill Oddie, OBE – Birdwatcher, natural history presenter and High Five Club Patron
It is with great excitement that we bring you the news of the expansion of our school feeding programme into our long-term partner school Mara Riante in Kenya’s Masai Mara. This simple intervention is making successful in-roads into tackling one of the root causes of both poverty and poaching – lack of access to education.
As a result of this Breakfast Club enrollment numbers have increased with more Maasai parents putting their children into school. Attendance levels have also soared with children able to participate in lessons rather than search for the day’s food.
For more information read here.
High Five Club has partnered with ABATO Uganda to supply 40 x 3-seater desks and benches for the community-run Galilee School. Previously all 120 learners were taught sat on the ground. This small intervention has greatly improved the learning environment at this rural school.
For more information School Desks Provision, Uganda.
Simon has a passion for Africa, local communities and wildlife so makes a fitting ambassador for our charity.
Simon wrote for The Times newspaper between 1982 and July 2014, initially on sport, and subsequently also on wildlife. He became their chief sportswriter in 2002, covering seven summer Olympic Games and various World Cups, Wimbledons, Test matches & Super Bowls.
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We have joined hands with Roffey Homes to contribute towards the construction of a new classroom and teachers’ houses at a rural Maasai School in the Masai Mara, Kenya. We have worked with this community school for several years and it is now one of the best in the area. The Maasai themselves contributed 50% towards this development and the High Five Club 50% in line with our ‘hand up, not ‘hand out’ ethos. To read more click here.
We have helped to fund a new sheep rearing project in rural Gambia in partnership with local self-help group Future Farmers of the Gambia. Each beneficiary of a breeding ewe passes on the first born female to another community member – so the cycle of community benefit continues. To read about this small project, set to make a big impact read here.
Thanks to ECHO and the pupils at Eastbourne College for their support of this initiative.
The school reports that school attendance has soared, with 100% attendance since the feeding programme began. A resounding success indeed.
For info on the feeding programme read here.
This month we have worked hand in hand with the ABATO Children’s Trust in Mpigi District to construct 4 new classrooms, 6 pit latrines and equip the new classrooms with desks to enable more vulnerable children in this commuity to receive a quality education.
ABATO’s mission is to empower vulnerable children in their community through provision of a quality education, development of their talents and abilities, along with giving the children spiritual nourishment as a prerequisite to a brighter future.
Thanks to our long-term educational supporter Roffey Homes for their generous support of this project.
For more information read here.
Last year we joined hands together to contribute towards enabling 10 rural children from Zambia’s Luangwa Valley to take part in an exchange visit to Australia.
This lively, creative film clip beautifully captures the essence of their educational trip to Australia. It shows the students having fun and with boundless energy, engaging with experts in different fields of conservation, learning about scientific methods, displaying a wonder in and fascination for Australian wildlife, landscapes and the ocean, and having a genuine passion for global conservation.
This Conservation Exchange programme with Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide shows just how valuable international links can be and how they can transform not only the lives of the students who engage in them but those of everyone else who takes part.
For these students, who have settled back incredibly well into routine life and school studies in Zambia, the real journey has only just begun…………