Removal Services Scotland is delighted to be involved in a charity which is building a kitchen for pupils at an African school.
PE teacher Kari Spence is about to fly to Rwanda to see for herself the newly built facility which will guarantee students a hot meal every day.
The 24-year-old from East Lothian was aiming to raise more than £2,000 to build a kitchen at the Faith and Hope Academy, as well as kit it out with pots, pans and plates.
This was planned as part of a program run by Together in Sport, Rwanda, a project founded by Ms Spence in 2012. RSS were only too happy to make a donation to such a worthy cause.
Many of the children at the school are living in extreme poverty – under the shadow of the 1994 genocide which saw the mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu’s.
The teacher from North Berwick is heading out to the Academy in the village of Gako, in the rural district of Bugasera, to see the newly constructed kitchen for herself.
She said: “The majority of pupils at Faith and Hope Academy live in severe poverty, where they are most likely to only get one meal a day.
“Many of the pupils’ parents do not work, and those who do are usually working in the fields with the crops, and have an extremely small wage. Having a kitchen will mean that every pupil will have a hot meal every school day.”
Building a kitchen for pupils is her latest project for the Academy. Back in 2012 Ms Spence founded a project called Together in Sport, Rwanda, to improve the opportunities open to the school children.
She has also raised funds to build sports facilities there as well as starting a sponsorship scheme to ensure that every pupil will eventually have access to health insurance, school supplies and uniforms.
Speaking about the kitchen project she said: “My goal was to raise £2,500 to build a kitchen and equip it with all the supplies needed.
“Once I announced my latest project some donations were made, but once RSS got involved I hit my target and work has already begun.”
The inspirational teacher added: “Rwanda is now a home away from home and I am so passionate about my project and ensuring we reach all of our goals.”
For more information go to togetherinsportrwanda.org