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Article by Caroline Knight | 9th November 2018

African Promise Turns 10

African Promise, a small charity dedicated to ensuring that primary schools in rural Kenya are equipped to deliver an education worth having, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

Founded in Hever, by Charles Coldman back in 2008, the charity was created as a result of Charles’ time spent volunteering with Africa & Asia Venture when he made a promise to the headteacher of Jora Primary School that he would return to help rebuild the school. It was a promise he kept and in 2006 Charles spent six months living in Jora overseeing the redevelopment.

So, a single promise to one school became one to many more when African Promise was born – the charity now supports seven partner schools serving more than 2,500 children in the Kasigau region of Kenya.

The work of African Promise is ongoing, with 50 local builders recently working during school holidays on a number of projects whilst 100 pupils from partner schools spent two days exploring the coastal city of Mombasa. Others visited the neighbouring Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about their natural environment.

Plans are currently coming together for the charity’s next major redevelopment at Mkamenyi Primary School, while African Promise is also facilitating a partnership between schools and the Kenyan literacy NGO, Start a Library.

Tickets are now on sale for the African Promise Carol Service, which takes place on Wednesday 5th December at 6.30pm at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London WC2H 8LG. Performers include the London International Gospel Choir as well as opera singer Felix Kemp, formerly of Chiddingstone. In the past, the likes of Brian Blessed and The Crown actress Victoria Hamilton have been present.

• For more information, and to book tickets, visit africanpromises.org.uk

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