Girls help to im­prove lives in Tan­za­nia

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at North­wood Col­lege for Girls have been given the unique op­por­tu­nity to change lives and fu­tures by col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Better Lives Foun­da­tion.

Better Lives’ key ob­jec­tive is to cre­ate sup­port struc­tures de­signed to better both the health and the ed­u­ca­tion of those liv­ing in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

The girls’ chal­lenge was to ‘travel’ from North­wood Col­lege in Maxwell Road to a small vil­lage in Tan­za­nia called Ki­witwi – a to­tal of 7,208km!

Stu­dents set about run­ning, climb­ing, throw­ing and swimming this huge dis­tance and their out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment has re­sulted in them rais­ing more than £5,200.

Year 6 pupil Asiyah Mer­ali Dewji said: “We held fundrais­ing clubs ev­ery day at ei­ther 7.45am, lunch time or af­ter school, and it did take a lot of com­mit­ment to sac­ri­fice our pre­cious sleep - but it’s the least we could do for those who are in need.”

Last week, Gill Perry (pic­tured with PE teacher, Miss Perry and North­wood Col­lege pupils), a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Better Lives vis­ited North­wood Col­lege to tell the girls about the huge dif­fer­ence their money will be mak­ing to the vil­lagers in Tan­za­nia.

Ms Perry said more than 1,700 stu­dents from three dif­fer­ent schools will be ben­e­fit­ting from an ad­vanced wa­ter sup­ply with im­prove­ments be­ing es­tab­lished, such as: wells, pumps, dis­tri­bu­tion pipes and taps.

These de­vel­op­ments will help to sup­ply es­sen­tial health im­prove­ment fa­cil­i­ties, such as, hand wash basins and toi­lets; and ul­ti­mately con­trib­ute to­wards the im­prove­ment of the stu­dent’s ed­u­ca­tion and fu­tures by re­duc­ing the spread of germs and ill­nesses.

The school’s do­na­tion will also go to­wards set­ting up a School Farm, where crops will be grown to pro­vide fresh and healthy break­fast for the stu­dents.

She said it was one of the girls proud­est achieve­ments, as the sus­tain­abil­ity of the farm means their ef­forts will re­main ben­e­fi­cial to the stu­dents for years to come.

PE Teacher, Ms Rebecca Perry, said: “Cov­er­ing the 7,208km was a huge chal­lenge for the girls, but it has been a prime ex­am­ple of what our stu­dents can achieve with sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard work.

“The way the girls have worked to­gether to bring the best out of each other is in­spi­ra­tional.”

The pre­sen­ta­tion ended with the girls dis­cussing what their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the char­ity meant to them, and when asked to sum up their ex­pe­ri­ence in four words they mu­tu­ally agreed on: “Com­mit­ment, Mo­ti­va­tion, Re­silience and Team­work”.

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