Ex­tend­ing hands of hope

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

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.

Visit www.naku­ruhope.org.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d469585

Emanuele Dolfi and his chil­dren Sofia (9) and Liam (7) with Nakuru Hope direc­tor Christo­pher Makokha and do­nated books from the school.

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