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Kenyan Evening July 6th

An invitation from Education Exchange to


A chance to compare and contrast our lives in the UK with the everyday lives of people living in Kenya.

What makes people happy? What worries them? How do people live their daily life? What do they eat and drink? How do they spend their leisure time? What jobs do they do? What is transport like? What about health and education?

You’ll be able to sample a range of delicious Kenyan dishes, including Matoke (chicken & banana) Sukuma Wiki (kale), Mandazis (donuts) and Chai (sweet milky tea). It’s a chance to get closer to the daily lives of people who are very similar- and very different- from us in the UK

Hopton Village Hall 7pm Friday 6th July. And don’t eat before you come!!

Thank you to Revd Philip Oliver

Philip celebrated his 80th birthday on April 25th. Instead of presents Philip asked for donations to Education Exchange. He raised a total of £582. Thank you! A wonderful gesture!

Great progress with Children’s Home new build

At Mwatunge the roof is going on! IMG-20180415-WA0016

Working with St Botolph’s

Sue & Dave spent a fascinating hour with Y3s at St Botolph’s CEVCP School, talking with the children about farming in Kenya. Following a visit from a Suffolk farmer the previous week, the children were able to understand the stark differences between farming in the UK and in Kenya.They are now busy making model Kenyan farms.

St Botolph’s have raised the amazing sum of £421.58 for Education Exchange so far this school year: a cake sale and commission from sales of Christmas cards, plus other donations have all gone towards this massive amount. Fantastic news and many thanks!

Sue & Dave are back working with other year groups in the summer term.

Big funding boost from Fressingfield

When Garry Deeks was headteacher of Wilby Primary School, his school became very committed to the early work that Education Exchange was developing in Kenya. Under his leadership Wilby Primary developed close links  with Mbauro Primary School near Wundanyi, resulting in visits in both directions over a number of years.

A group of Fressingfield residents held a fundraising event to mark the tenth anniversary of this link. Dave & Sue Shorten were unable to attend (they were in Kenya) but subsequently they met members of the group who presented them with a superb donation of £500 for Education Exchange funds. Other fundraising events are being planned over the summer as the group indicated a genuine desire to stay supporters of our charity

Odilia finds the right school

While we were in Kenya in January we heard about Odilia, a girl with spina bifida who could not find a local secondary school which was prepared to cope with her difficulties. We went to see the headteacher of Odilia’s primary school and along with Scaver Isuwirio, TEI Coordinator, we came up with some possible ways forward. We knew that we’d only find the right school for Odilia if people in Kenya and the UK were prepared to go the extra mile for her.

Fast forward two weeks: Odilia has now started at the only girls’ special school in Kenya, north of Nairobi. Her local MP has paid her school fees. An Education Exchange donor has given the £500 needed to cover school uniform, equipment etc.

This is a life-changing moment for Odilia: brilliant news!IMG-20180209-WA0005

Trustee visit was a real success!

Sue & Dave are back from ten days in Kenya. They visited all the projects we support. They met everyone involved with each project and they spoke to beneficiaries.

It was a highly successful visit- Education Exchange is enabling all of our projects to make genuine progress.

Over the next couple of weeks updates on the visit will be posted on the website under  the “Current Projects” tab

You can also see on this page the tweets which Dave & Sue sent whilst they were there…….and there are more photos on our Facebook page.

Rest assured: our charity is in a very good place! We are doing exactly what we have committed ourselves to doing: “Helping people in Kenya climb out of poverty”

A massive boost to the new Home project

Just before Christmas we were given a donation of £10,000 by a long-term supporter of Education Exchange. Wow! This amazing donation will almost certainly ensure that the new Children’s Home will be completed during 2018 and the kids will move in! More information when Sue & Dave return from Kenya at the end of January.

Trustee visit, January 2018

Sue & Dave will be in Kenya 12th- 23rd January. They will spend extended time with each of the four projects we support.For day to day updates see our Twitter or Facebook pages, both accessible from this website

New Children’s Home up to roof level

The new build is now  up to roof height. For pictures and more information go to the Children’s Home page under the Current Projects tab above…… we hope that the roof will go on early in the New Year