Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Lesley and Alan Pidcock and friends in Taif, Saudi Arabia, our appeal to raise £3,500 to add to our school computer room's stock of desktop computers, and to refurbish some old ones, has now reached its target.
So many of you have helped by making donations, but launching an appeal just after Christmas is never a good time and it has been growing at a slow pace.
Lesley and Alan, who are now having a holiday visiting Watamu and Happy House, started fundraising in Taif with the aim of covering our family's groceries bill for the duration of their visit. But they had such a wonderful response they far exceeded their wishes and at the final count raised £5,000.
So Mama Sue decided that it could be used to take our own appeal to target and to buy the computers while Lesley and Alan were there.
Papa sourced the new equipment at the best price and now Lesley, Alan and our kids have been helping to transport it to Happy House School where the kids were eager to help computer teacher Mr Omoi to unload and install it ready for the new term,
Now there will no longer be any delays in lessons because kids are having to share as each pupil in a computer class will have a laptop or desktop to use,
With huge thanks to all those, individuals and organisations, who have contributed to our appeal,
In doing so you are giving our children, from backgrounds of extreme hardship, a head start in learning computer skills which will stand them in good stead when they eventually leave education and join the workforce.
A special mention of Sara and Vinnie, a lovely Italian couple, who get married this summer. They made a donation to our computer appeal in place of favours for their guests who will, instead, each receive a photo of our kids.