Primary pupils fundraise to buy water for link school in Uganda

Princes Risborough Primary School fundraise for their link school and villagers in Uganda.
Princes Risborough Primary School fundraise for their link school and villagers in Uganda.

Pupils at Princes Risborough Primary School have raised more than £400 for their link school Mvara Junior School and local villages in Uganda.

Over the last year children have been able to write letters to pupils at the school and one teacher visited as a joint venture with St Mary’s Church.

Mvara is experiencing a severe drought and the villagers have to buy water in tankers. When the children and staff heard of the conditions at Mvara they rose to the challenge in order to support their friends. One pupil was inspired to write to the local Mayor, others have been organising and running events such as raffles.

Year 6 pupil Tilly Ball has raised an amazing £142.

Children in Key Stage 1 have also got involved and have brought in their pocket money – one young pupil took the appeal so much to heart that his mum found him filling bottles of water at home!

There has also been some interesting maths lessons and children have enjoyed the challenge of converting litres and millilitres and working out what could actually be achieved with a ration of only 20 litres a day per family.

A school spokeswoman said: “The big challenge was then to consider how long a tanker might last for 10 families, all with cows, and children who attended the school.

“This motivated great discussions and consideration of how much we take for granted. We are pleased to say that the first tanker of water costing £200 has already been paid for and another will very shortly be on its way. The children have been truly inspired in their thoughts and actions. Learning that will remain with them for life.”