Back in December last year I wrote a blog about a conservation and community-based project to South Africa which my daughter would be lucky enough to be taking part in.
Kesgrave High School (KHS) were asking for donations of old laptops to take to South Africa for children at a school near Port Elizabeth. I’m not sure where the time has gone since writing that 1st blog in December 2017 and unbelievably this amazing trip and
Kesgrave High School Sixth Form has a proud record of encouraging their students to “look beyond” their academic studies and provides annual opportunities for teams to participate in wildlife conservation and community based projects in countries such as South Africa and Zambia.
During a previous visit to South Africa in 2016 they were able to take 15 unwanted laptops with them to donate to schools, communities and aspiring entrepreneurs to help with IT training, business start-ups and simple tasks that we take for granted, such as writing a letter. These laptops were out of date by our standards, running old operating systems and open source software – most of them didn’t even have working batteries. But to developing communities they are much prized administration and learning tools, helping local people to improve their own lives or those of others.
Old Laptops Needed
Kesgrave High School Sixth Form will be visiting South Africa once again in July 2018 and would very much like to repeat this initiative and we have offered to help, if we can. Do you – or anyone else in your family or workplace – have an old laptop that is no longer required? Will you or anyone else in your family be getting a new or replacement laptop for Christmas?
If so, Kesgrave High School will gladly take it off your hands and make sure it gets to someone who can
Zambia is a large country at the heart of Africa and the only place in the world where 4 countries meet. With huge open plains, and barren rolling hills separated by a network of rivers, the wildlife is abundant, scenery is stunning and it offers any visitor an amazing African experience…
But a typical African adventure is not what we do at Kesgrave High School.
We at HomeStore have been collecting postage stamps for the charity “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People” for quite a while now (!) and every time we have a letter at work or I have a letter or card at home I cut the stamp off and add it to an envelope I have sitting on my desk. Now given that so many businesses frank their mail it has taken about two years for us to collect almost an A4 envelope full and so, now on behalf of HomeStore, I am putting out the appeal to anyone who’d like to help, by saving stamps from letters and cards and parcels, over the Christmas period and then let me know so that I can send you a pre-paid and addressed envelope to get your contributions back to us.
Please help us really “stuff that envelope” – Thank you.