Help­ing home­less in Mex­ico

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

Stu­dents from The John Wal­lis Acad­emy are on a mis­sion to com­bat Mex­ico’s poverty, one house at a time.

As part of the Build Hope pro­ject, 14 stu­dents and three mem­bers of staff from the acad­emy in Ash­ford have trav­elled to Ti­juana in Mex­ico to build a house for a home­less fam­ily.

Along with The National Chris­tian Youth Agency, Ur­ban Saints, the stu­dents will build an 11ft by 22ft house with con­crete floors, stucco-fin­ished ex­te­rior, two win­dows, a weather sealed roof and a door.

The stu­dents have em­ployed all of their tal­ents to raise the funds for the trip – from char­ity car washes to bingo nights, and Mex­i­can soirees to rock gigs – bring­ing in an im­pres­sive £16,500 in just un­der nine months.

John McPar­land, prin­ci­pal of the Acad­emy said: “This has been a tremen­dous team build­ing ex­er­cise for our stu­dents who will have the op­por­tu­nity of a life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with their trip to Mex­ico.

“The whole acad­emy com­mu­nity has en­tered into the spirit of this pro­ject to help bet­ter the lives of oth­ers who are less for­tu­nate than our­selves.”

The team left for Ti­juana on Satur­day, and will stay for 10 days.

Pupils from the John Wal­lis Acad­emy will be help­ing to build a house in Mex­ico

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