Ely College students and teachers travel to Kenya to donate shoes and socks to children in the slums

Ely College students with some of the school children they helped in Kenya

Ely College students with some of the school children they helped in Kenya - Credit: Archant

Dozens of Ely teenagers flew to Kenya to donate hundreds of pairs of shoes and socks to children who go to school in the slums thanks to £555 worth of donations from local people.

Ely College students with some of the school children they helped in Kenya

Ely College students with some of the school children they helped in Kenya - Credit: Archant

Over the last 18 months, Ely College and Bishop Laney Sixth Form collected 500 pairs of children’s school shoes, and 400 pairs of socks and pants to give to the children of Jubilee and Ungana Academies in Nakuru slums, Kenya.

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College s

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College students - Credit: Archant

A JustGiving page was then set up to raise money to pay the duty of excess baggage at Heathrow and the duty in Nairobi - each extra 23kg suitcase meant an extra £60 needed to be raised. £555 was raised.

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College s

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College students - Credit: Archant

The trip, run by African Adventures, saw students fly from Heathrow to Africa with their teacher Ella Watkins.

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College s

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College students - Credit: Archant

She said: “Our students have been absolutely amazing and got involved with everything; they worked very hard on painting and building at the two schools.

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College s

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College students - Credit: Archant


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“We went on safari, too, and saw rhinos, giraffes, lions and many other animals. We visited the equator and watched the famous equator experiment with Professor Peter of the Equator.

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College s

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College students - Credit: Archant

“We then visited Thomson Falls which was beautiful but very wet and we all got soaked.”

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College s

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College students - Credit: Archant

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As part of the trip, Kenyan teachers Edith and Susan were presented with a smartphone and laptop.

Some of the shoes and clothes that were donated by Ely people for Ely College students to take over

Some of the shoes and clothes that were donated by Ely people for Ely College students to take over to give to Kenyan school children. - Credit: Archant

“What an amazing experience for them all and the generosity we have seen from the community is outstanding.

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College s

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College students - Credit: Archant

“Thank you so much to everyone for their kind donations. You made so many children very happy.”

Ely College students in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. Here, they are pictured At Tho

Ely College students in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. Here, they are pictured At Thomson Falls. - Credit: Archant

Posting on the Facebook page Miles of Smiles, which is used as a way of gathering donations from local people every 18 months or so, Caroline Nightingale said: “Ungana Academy children say a massive thank you. The children loved the school shoes and donations of pants, socks and clothes.”

Ely College students in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. Here, they are pictured At Tho

Ely College students in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. Here, they are pictured At Thomson Falls. - Credit: Archant

Lisa Edwards, who donated, said: “Go Ely College, a phenomenal effort and a fantastic community of people.”

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College s

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College students - Credit: Archant

African Adventures organises volunteer experiences for groups and individual travellers to volunteer at educational projects in Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar.

Ely College students in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. Here, they are pictured At Tho

Ely College students in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. Here, they are pictured At Thomson Falls. - Credit: Archant

Visit www.african-adventures.co.uk for more information.

Ely College students with children at the school's they helped in Kenya as part of the African Adven

Ely College students with children at the school's they helped in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. - Credit: Archant

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College s

Some of the Kenyan school children pictured with their new shoes which were donated by Ely College students - Credit: Archant

Ely College students with some of the school children they helped in Kenya

Ely College students with some of the school children they helped in Kenya - Credit: Archant

Ely College students drawing at one of the school's they helped in Kenya as part of the African Adve

Ely College students drawing at one of the school's they helped in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. - Credit: Archant

Ely College students in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. Here, they are pictured At Tho

Ely College students in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. Here, they are pictured At Thomson Falls. - Credit: Archant

Ely College students digging in the grounds of one of the school's they helped in Kenya as part of t

Ely College students digging in the grounds of one of the school's they helped in Kenya as part of the African Adventures trip. - Credit: Archant

Ely students donated 500 pairs of shoes and socks to children in Kenya thanks to £555 raised by loca

Ely students donated 500 pairs of shoes and socks to children in Kenya thanks to £555 raised by local people to help get the excess baggage from the UK to Africa. Here, they are pictured in Kenya with their teachers. - Credit: Archant

Ely College students donated 500 pairs of shoes and socks to children in Kenya thanks to £555 raised

Ely College students donated 500 pairs of shoes and socks to children in Kenya thanks to £555 raised by local people to help get the baggage from the UK to Africa. Students waiting to take off on the plane. - Credit: Archant

Ely College students donated 500 pairs of shoes and socks to children in Kenya thanks to £555 raised

Ely College students donated 500 pairs of shoes and socks to children in Kenya thanks to £555 raised by local people to help get the excess baggage from the UK to Africa. The Ely students are pictured at Heathrow Airport before flying to Africa. - Credit: Archant

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