The Purbeck School supporting Rwandan children

Following the school’s second visit to Rwanda last month, students, staff and parents at Purbeck have raised almost £1000 to sponsor eight children from the poorest families in the town of Rwamagana. This sponsorship provides a year of schooling, uniform, and a meal every day for children who would otherwise not have such a good start to life. Pictured are Purbeck students Zoe, Sam, Joe, Hannah, Jess and Sophie with the children Purbeck sponsored last year: Bruno, Lindah, Nadine, Alan, Alia and Bella. They will again be supported this year.

Assistant Headteacher Simon Holmes, who accompanied the students, said, ‘It is wonderful that as a community we can make a difference to the lives of people who have so little in Africa. We value education so highly and to be able to provide this for others and support the children’s life chances is a privilege.’

During their eleven day visit the Purbeck students assisted in classrooms at The Excel School, visited street children’s projects and learned more about the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The group will now continue their work as ambassadors for the Rwandan people. ‘We have made such good friends with the staff and students who were so welcoming and positive once again,’ added Simon.

The Purbeck School would like to thank the Rotary Club of Wareham and Hays Travel for their generous support of the visit.

Should readers wish to contribute to the work of The Purbeck School and the Amakuru Trust in Rwanda they can contact Simon Holmes at

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