In Year Two our pupils learn how they can have a positive impact on the lives of other children elsewhere in the world. The Umoyo Orphan Project is a UK registered charity which funds specific projects in a dedicated area in Northern Malawi. Their motto is “enabling and empowering independence”, and as a school we have had an association with the charity, through fundraising, since 2010. During our “Friendship Week” in November that year, every child took home a leaflet explaining how we would start raising money to buy bricks to help build a new school for the children. Every £10 raised bought 100 bricks and it was lovely to see the Year Two children organising and running meetings with the School Council to decide how the monies would be raised.
We held a talent show and mini fair activity morning and along with collections from our Christmas Productions, in 2011 we raised enough money to provide 6000 bricks to complete the building of the school. The project leaders confirmed that without the children’s efforts it would not have been completed.
In 2012 our new Year Two children decided to hold a school quiz, toy sale and fun run to raise money so that all the children at the new school could have a smart school uniform. This also benefitted the wider community as local people were employed to make the uniform. Having achieved this, in 2013 the children raised funds to buy a much needed additional bicycle ambulance by organising a wood crafts and bring and buy toy sale.
In 2014 the children embarked on the latest fundraising project to help complete the building of a Health Clinic. The Umoyo Project needs another £2,000 to complete the building of the Clinic. So far we have contributed £425 at Christmas and the children organised a cake sale and nearly new toy and book sale in February which together raised an impressive £524.80, which when exchanged in Malawi Kwacha is worth at least 10 times as much as at home in England!! The children have plans in place for further fundraising activities including a clay modelling day!
During each of the years we have continued to give large contributions from the donations made by parents and family at our wonderful Nativity plays.
Working with the Umoyo Orphan Project is now an integral part of the curriculum. Children learn of their responsibility to others and their capacity to make a difference. Through geography the pupils learn about Malawi, it’s similarities and differences to the U.K., and we are most grateful to Sarah and Chris from the project in maintaining these valuable links with our school.
It was the responsibility of Owl Class to start this year’s Umoyo fundraising events. They decided to hold a book sale to raise money for the project’s new school library. Some of the children visited each class showing them their posters, explaining more about the project and why it is so important to help the community in Malawi. This first activity raised £253 for the charity.
Year Two’s school year has begun with the topic “Amazing Africa”. The children have been introduced to this topic by learning about Malawi, with whom we have special links through our support for the Umoyo Orphan Project. Sarah Mtonga and Chris Kitson from the project spoke to them this week, discussing how we can fundraise this year for uniforms and a school library.
Some of our Year Two girls decided to organise their own stall at the Summer Fair. They made delicious lemonade and Mrs Browning and Mrs Wolfe also contributed cakes, sweets and bracelets. The stall made an amazing £73.60!
The fidget spinning craze hit the school on Friday when Horse Chestnut Class showed the rest of us how to make and assemble them for a small donation towards the Umoyo Project! This last fundraising of the school year event raised £214, which brings this year’s total up to £754. Well done everyone and thank you for your continued support.
MRS BROWNING 'S, MRS POWELL'S AND MRS WOLFE'S VISIT TO MALAWI!
As you know we had to postpone last term’s fundraising event due to the weather being extremely hot! However, we are pleased to inform you that this has now taken place during the children’s P.E. lessons. The grand total raised for the event is over £241. Mrs Browning, Mrs Powell and Mrs Wolfe visited the Umoyo project in Malawi during the half term and have seen at first-hand the difference your generosity is making to the children and families in Loundon. Please do click on the link below and have a look at the photos on the web site and thank you for your continued support and donations.
BISCUIT BAKING FUNDRAISING!
The Year Two children made 270 biscuits in their D&T lesson, using their maths skills, for our latest fundraising event. The whole school were then invited to decorate a biscuit with icing, chocolate drops and sprinkles. We raised an amazing £205 for the project. Well done to everyone and we hope you enjoyed eating your delicious biscuits!
SARAH MTONGA VISITS YEAR TWO
During Term 1, Year Two children will be introduced to the African continent, particularly the country of Malawi with whom we share special links through our support for the Umoyo Orphan Project, please click on the following link for more information http://www.riverhead.kent.sch.uk/umoyo-orphan-project/. Sarah Mtonga visited the children to talk to them about this year’s fundraising project.
TEDDY BEARS GALORE!
It was the turn of Dragonfly Class to lead the fundraising event for the Umoyo Orphan Project in Malawi today. The whole school was invited to bring along their favourite teddy bear, took part in popcorn making which they took to the woodland area and listened to a story. Thank you to everyone for their support we raised £230 for this event.
SPINNERS FOR BLANKETS
Since 2009, Riverhead has been raising money for the Umoyo Orphan Project in Malawi. So far we have raised money to help buy bricks for a new school; tables; chairs and stationary; P.E. kits; school uniform; a toilet Eco Dome and a bicycle ambulance. The children are very proud of the amount of money they have raised and are looking forward to this year’s fundraising event to raise blankets for the Health Centre.
This term the Year 2 children decided to teach the other year groups, how to make a Spinner from paper bottle tops and marbles. The School raised a total of £193.00 on the day.
UMOYO ORPHAN PROJECT
It was lovely to welcome Chris Kitson of the Umoyo Orphan Project back to see us this term. He spoke to the Year 2’s about village life in Malawi, his experiences of working alongside the villagers and sharing precious time with the children. This year we are raising money for much needed blankets for the local hospital (which is actually several miles away and a very long walk!) The first fundraising event was our Welly Walk which raised over £320.
UMOYO FUNDRAISING EVENT
This year we are raising money to install solar toilets. The Year 2 have planned three fundraising events to support the charity. The first of which was their craft activity where all the children in school were invited to pay a donation to make their own creature bookmark.