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Learning from Kenya is well underway in this year’s schools

Dave has already been busy in two of our partner schools for 2017-2018, St Botolph’s, Botesdale and The Oaks, Ipswich. Spring dates have also been fixed for work in or other two schools. For full details go to the Learning from Kenya page under the Current Projects tab above and scroll down to the bottom of the page

Progress at Mwatate Children’s Home

On August 25th we sent the second tranche of funds raised by Tim in his record-breaking marathon. This is for the major element of the refurbishment of the Children’s Home: new equipment for the children. They will have new chairs, tables, wardrobes, beds, mattresses and playing kits. This part of the refurbishment will take up to two months to complete: there will be photos on our website when the new kit has been installed.

When the building of the new Home is complete- hopefully in the first half of 2018- all this kit will be transferred for use there.

Once again, our warmest thanks to Tim and all his sponsors: now your generosity is being translated into positive action!

Children’s Home improvements are underway

Following the arrival of the first tranche of Marathon donations, the first improvements to the fabric of the Children’s Home have been completed. This is great news!

For full details go to the Mwatate page under the Current Projects tab above.


The improvements to the current Home include repainting the exterior....

The improvements to the current Home include repainting the exterior….

....and redecorating inside

….and redecorating inside

First marathon funds arrive at Mwatate

Since Tim’s epic marathon run, discussions have been taking place with Manager Habel Mwakio about the refurbishment of the Children’s Home. Plans have now been finalised and the first tranche of funding arrived in Mwatate in early June. As well as improvements to the building, the funds will ensure that all children who attend secondary school will have their fees paid for the whole year. This is so important for their future prospects. For more information and photos, go to the Mwatate page of our website under the Current Projects tab

Dave working with two secondary schools

Dave Shorten is leading a whole-day session on June 15th at Sybil Andrews Academy, Bury St Edmunds. The following Monday he is visiting Thomas Tallis School, Kidbrooke, South London.

He did it! Tim’s brilliant Marathon run!

On Sunday 23rd April Tim Shorten successfully completed the London Marathon, running for Education Exchange. His time was 4 hours, 22 minutes, 21 seconds. Tim’s marathon was the happy culmination of six months of tough physical work- and everyone at Education Exchange is very proud of him.

As well as Jemma, Evie & Stan, all seven Education Exchange trustees were at the course to support him, ensuring that every few miles someone was shouting out for him.

Tim will soon write a blog giving his thoughts on the whole experience.  For now we wanted all our supporters to know how well he has done and that with your amazing support he has raised a massive amount for Mwatate Children’s Home.

Tim’s warm-up half marathon

On Sunday March 12th Tim ran in the official London Marathon warm-up half marathon at Silverstone race track. He covered the 13 miles in 1 hour 59 minutes! Well done, Tim!


 Tim and Mark are understandably delighted!

Tim and Mark are understandably delighted!

With exactly six  weeks to the big race, all Tim’s self-discipline and hard work are paying off- his sponsorship total is creeping up too: currently £2180 (£2687 with Gift Aid). Now’s your chance to sponsor him:

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Building has started in Mwatate!

Building work has started on the new Children’s Home! This is VERY exciting!

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For full details go to the Current Projects tab at the top of this page and scroll down to Mwatate Children’s Home

March Table Top Sale

Thanks to everyone who came to the Table Top Sale on 4th March. We raised another invaluable £260- that has massive spending power in Kenya! And Sue’s sausage rolls sold out- as always! 2017-03-04 10.08.40

Drought in Kenya

There is currently a serious drought in Kenya and especially in the north of the country the situation is dire. Kenya’s Red Cross say that 2.7 million people are at risk of starvation. Although things are not as bad in the south where Education Exchange works, it’s still not good at all.

Over the weekend we received this message for Mwatate Children’s Home, whose farm we helped set up in 2016:

“The season did not favor us .The progress was well at some point until drought began that dried all our crops in our was indeed a disaster since now poor people in our community now depend on relief food from government and can imagine even animals died due to lack of water and pasture.The government is now buying animals to slaughter and give the meat back to poor households to feed. We won’t be discouraged by the drought we will still try in the next season come March short rains where we will plant only grains to the remaining land.”

This is just a reminder of how tough life is for Kenyans on a daily basis. That’s why Education Exchange is in there, helping!