Chris Chandler, one of the Holiday Extras’ team, is returning next month, with a team of volunteers from Folkestone, to a small village in the West African nation of Burkina Faso – where they will complete the school rebuild which they started in 2015.
On February 9th the twenty seven volunteers, who are working with the charity Aid to Burkina, will begin constructing two new classrooms and a school/community hall. After ten days the team will return to the UK and the work will continue to completion.
Workmates at Holiday Extras pitched in to help Chris raise much needed funds by donating pencil cases full of stationery and football shirts for the kids as well as buying bricks for five pounds each. Holiday Extras has also donated £1,000 with the total raised by Chris from his colleagues totalling £400 – and there’s still three weeks to go until he flies to Africa!
Chris commented: “In 2015 we raised £60,000 to pay for the school build and each volunteer paid for their own flights and accommodation – all of the money we raised went to the first phase of the build.
“While we were there, we dug the foundations and started the walls for three classrooms. The building was completed shortly afterwards by local builders and paid for by the funds we raised. We also introduced a water well which brought clean water into the village that had up until that point used a contaminated stream.
“We are very excited to be going out to Burkina Faso to continue our work with the community of Kodeni. The school hall will double as a community hub and will be a focal point for the village. The new classrooms will add to the children’s education and will really make a difference.”
Notes to Editors:
The target for the 2017 project is £120,000 and funds raised so far have reached the fantastic total of £83,000. To donate please visit the Charity’s page https://mydonate.bt.com/events