Perse pupils raising funds for charity mission to Tanzania
13 May 2019
Four Perse pupils will be travelling to Africa this summer to work with the charity Go Make a Difference in Tanzania (Go MAD).
Year 11 pupils Kimi Willson-Brandtner, Ben Haynes, Ben Hancock and Isaac Pfaender will be working on the charity’s projects in the town of Musoma on the shore of Lake Victoria from 27 July to 18 August.
Kimi is no stranger to Tanzania, having spent three weeks with Go MAD last summer, and he is looking forward to returning with his schoolmates to help provide more practical support for the charity’s initiatives as well as hoping to raise £3,500 for the cause.
He said: “I went out with my mum last year and we were involved in making roof trusses for a school. We got to the site and there was purely the base foundation of concrete. Our group built all the roof trusses – 11 in total – which were 10 metres wide. Just before we left three weeks later, the walls were fully up and they were preparing to put on the roof trusses. Seeing that, just before the roof was going to be put on, was brilliant.
“The rare thing about Go MAD is that your team is given free reign over how you choose to spend the money you raise, ensuring it’s spent purely in the local community. For example, another team funded a pit latrine to be built – they’re between £1,100 and £1,300 – and we helped them by doing some brick laying and cement mixing by hand.”
Kimi said his group are hoping to help construct a water tank made from steel and cement when they travel to Tanzania.
He said: “It will provide a family with quite a few months’ worth of water and compared with big plastic tanks, it has much greater longevity. We’ll lay the foundations for it, dig the base, create the steel frame and begin the process of rendering it.
“We feel certain that the money raised is spent on a wonderful cause, making a tremendous difference to the lives of people we work with. In the time we are in Tanzania, we aim to achieve as much as possible.”
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