City charity gifted £200,000 to help African children

By Matthew Bates Wednesday 05 December 2012 Updated: 06/12 11:07

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Schools in Ethiopia and Kenya are set to benefit from around £200,000-worth of grants to city charity Global Care. (s)

CITY-BASED charity Global Care is celebrating an early Christmas present of £200,000 in grants to help vulnerable children.

The cash, from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, will support school kids in Ethiopia and Kenya.

The biggest grant handed over of just under £100,000 is set to be spent on rebuilding five pre-schools.

Global Care has supported pre-schools in rural communities in Hadiya Zone, Ethiopia since 2006.

The Dugdale Road charity said opening the informal pre-schools closer to home - rather than government schools set up miles away - had made education accessible to young children from rural families.

A further 28 rural communities have asked the charity to set up similar schools when resources allow.

A grant of £94,602 will also enable the rebuilding of a classroom block at Spurgeons Academy, a school supported by Global Care in Kibera, Kenya, one of the world’s largest slums.

Paul Rowell, Global Care’s operations director, said: "The need for a safe and comfortable learning environment for these children in Kibera is clear, and also at our preschools in Ethiopia, many of which are currently using temporary wooden-framed buildings.

"These grants will enable us to provide superb permanent facilities in both countries, also reducing maintenance costs. We are extremely excited by this opportunity."

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