Extending hands of hope
KARRINYUP Primary School students handed over bags of books and a donation to Nakuru Hope’s Gabriel Learning Centre director Christopher Makokha at an assembly recently.
Mr Makokha is visiting Australia from Kenya for the first time, thanks to Susan Saleeba, of South Fremantle, who founded Nakuru Hope in the Kaptembwa slums of Nakuru 10 years ago.
Karrinyup resident Emanuele Dolfi, whose two children Sophia (9) and Liam (7) attend Karrinyup PS, initiated the association between the two schools last year.
The HR professional spent three weeks with the project midway through last year.
“I spent a lot of time in the classrooms, went on home visits, did washing and helped with a building project,” Mr Dolfi said.
“What I took from it was how well-behaved, respectful and joyful the kids were and how much happiness they gave me.
“If I could bottle that energy and share it with the people here, especially the kids, we could develop their sense of awareness of other people and cultures around the world.”
Year 3 teachers Stella Thompson and Sharon Humble set the ball rolling last year.
Students from Sophia’s Year 3 class last year started gathering their pre-loved books to donate and the initiative has continued this year.
Ms Thompson said the project taught the children about global citizenship.
“It’s not just about giving, but giving something of yours that mum and dad haven’t just bought from the shop,” she said.
“It’s just snowballed – the staff have a charity pig and instead of buying Christmas presents, we just put money in there.”
Year 6 students donated money they raised from selling recycled items they made from the farm garden.
Emanuele Dolfi and his children Sofia (9) and Liam (7) with Nakuru Hope director Christopher Makokha and donated books from the school.