12th February 20
Students across Y11 are working towards a trip to Namibia later in the year with a variety of fundraising schemes. The King Alfred School will be working with a local charity in Namibia for the 14th year in a row when they head back there this summer. You can read about last year’s trip here.
Salvador and Benji explain: “In a couple of months we will be travelling to Africa to take part in the Namibia trip with a group of 20 other Year 11’s. We will be volunteering at a school in Namibia, and across the week we will be doing a mixture of teaching classes and helping to build and renovate the school and its facilities.”
The school has a relationship with Namibian schools through EHRA (Elephant Human Relations) which is a Namibian registered non-profit organisation which strives to promote a mutually beneficial relationship between Humans and Elephants in the Namib Desert. Okonwe Primary school, where our students volunteer, is the largest school in the area and is an important place to educate young people about human/elephant conflict and the solutions.
In order to take part in the expedition, students must fundraise for the charity (as well as their travel expenses) and the money is then donated to the school to fund development.
Salvador and Benji are taking part in the 15 kilometre Royal Park Run on the 07th March. They say: “This will be a life changing experience for both of us and the Namibian students, and we would really appreciate donations, small or large, as every little helps.
Fellow student Bela will be heading North for the Lakes 3000 Walk which is a 44 miles trek through the Lake District including ascents of all four of England’s mountains over 3000 feet. He will tackle Skiddaw, Scafell Pike, its neighbour Scafell, and Helvellyn with a total ascent of nearly 8000 feet. He says: “I would be so grateful if you sponsor me to complete this trek and help me to raise the money for this trip. I think this is an important cause and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to be involved in helping this community. Should I raise anything above this amount, any extra funds will be put towards purchasing supplies needed by the school.”