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Kirkcaldy pupils help build community centre in Tanzania

Lorraine McLean, class teacher at Torbain with Maggie Mazoleka Finlayson from the SASHITA charity

Lorraine McLean, class teacher at Torbain with Maggie Mazoleka Finlayson from the SASHITA charity

 

Pupils from a Kirkcaldy primary school are helping to build a community centre in Tanzania!

Torbain Primary formed a link with SASHITA, a charity founded in 2008 in Edinburgh to help develop rural communities in Tanzania.

Its work has been concentrated in the village of Samuye in the Shinyanga region, and the Torbain pupils are already helping to provide a deep well to provide clean fresh water to the villagers through fundraising for the charity. They have also donated sportswear for the Samuye primary school.

Last week the charity visited Torbain again, to talk to the staff and children about a new project it is launching with the school’s help.

‘Buy a Brick’ hopes to raise enough money to help build a small community centre in Samuye, with room for a nursery so that mothers can go to work or school; a small clinic to provide first aid treatment and a basic pharmacy; workshops for small businesses such as sewing and joinery; and a meeting space for villagers.

Lesley Lynch, from Sashita said: “The aim is to help get children and their mothers back to school. Many of the villagers have been unable to attend school and cannot read or write as they have had to work in the fields, or spend time walking many miles each day to collect water.

“We are delighted that the Torbain children have agreed to help us.”

Caroline Bruce, headteacher at Torbain, said: “We have been involved with Sashita for a few years now and it is part of our global citizenship where children learn about other countries.

“The children will bring in any spare change they may have and at the end of the project the amount raised will go towards buying bricks for the community centre.”

 

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