An enthusiastic group of textiles students from Princes Risborough School have been supporting Aylesbury based charity, the Karibuni Trust, who help impoverished and destitute children in Kenya. The students designed and made dresses to be sent out via the charity, to girls across Kenya.
Many of these children live in abject poverty and come from very poor families who live in the most basic of conditions. One family room is used for everything: sleeping, cooking, eating, homework, with no water or electricity. many of these children live alone and often on the streets.
The Karibuni Trust motto is: “We aim to raise awareness about the plight of children living on the streets and in the slums in areas of urban and rural poverty in Kenya; and to raise money to support projects to meet their needs.” The PRS students assist, by designing and manufacturing dresses for distribution and allocation to these girls via the trust and their work is duly assessed as part of their curriculum programme.
The link between the school and the trust was originally forged by Cath Pilkington, head of design and textiles at PRS via her father who attends Aylesbury Methodist Church.
Joy Murphy, co-founder and volunteer worker with the trust, was also a member of the church.
The 2017 batch of dresses were collected by John Cotton, the chairman of the trust and are now on their way to other projects, supporting many more vulnerable children in Kenya.
For further information about the charity visit www.karibuni.org.uk