The process for the annual selection of two pupil chosen charities includes all of Year 8 researching and presenting to a panel their nominations. These are whittled down to a number of Year 8 finalists who make brief presentations on their selected charities to the whole school, who vote as individuals or classes for the ones they want to support.
The process enriches the pupils learning provides a feeling of ownership and enriches the enthusiasm to become involved. Facilitating the pupils involvement through the school House system fund-raising days can vary from carnival style stalls and activities to cake sales to mufti days, where the children pay a nominal amount to wear home or theme-clothes, rather than the school uniform. Representatives from the charities visit The Banda throughout the academic year and share more about the charities progress and where the funds the pupils raise will go. Opportunities to visit and invite the school children to The Banda are created.
This year’s charities are:
Mahali Pa Watoto (meaning ‘Placed for the children’ in Kiswahili) is a school in Dagoretti, Nairobi. A Kenyan teacher who wished to do more for destitute children providing comfort, guidance and protection in addition to a basic education started the school in 2000. Opening its doors with 12 children it now has 90 children across three age groups. Mahali is a project of ‘The Seed Sowing Network,’ a UK registered charity established to support school projects in Kenya.
The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) set up in 2004 develops resilient community conservancies where livestock and wildlife live side by side. In four different regions covering 44,000 square kilometres 480,000 (15 ethnic tribes) people and their livestock live side by side with the wildlife.
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