School Link with Zelyn Academy, Kenya
Ten years ago we set up a link with a small school in Kibera, in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya. Our children began corresponding and a pen pal link is now well established, the children have exchanged news as well as gifts.
The school was founded by Lynn Johnson, who regularly comes into school to share her experiences and bring up-to-date news. Day to day management of the school is the responsibility of Zaccheus. We were very proud to welcome Zaccheus to our school when he visited in 2014, 2016 and 2019.
We have undertaken to give on-going support to Zelyn and this has involved all the children. Every year we hold a scootathon and together with money raised by cake sales and retiring collections at the Carol Services, we either send money or purchase equipment and stationery items. One year we purchased sports kit and equipment and we saw Zelyn Academy take part in its first Sports Day. Over the time of our association, we have seen the school flourish and it is now a comparable style to our school.
I was very privileged to make a visit and see at first-hand how our contributions were being used. Kibera is one of the largest slums in Kenya and it was a very humbling experience. I wrote a daily blog of what was happening for children and parents to share.
Three years on, I was pleased to be making a return visit at the beginning of February. Once again, I will be recording my time there in a blog which is accessible through the school website. In addition, we hope, connections permitting, to face time pen pals (past and current) and the whole school assembly.