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GET INVOLVED: Berkhamsted charity project calls on community to help refurbish schools across the globe

 Published on: 18th January 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A charity project supporting underprivileged children in Africa is continuing with force as a new project benefitting schools begins.

Set up by Berkhamsted resident Paul Yearley and his co-chair Jo O’Neill in November 2020, the Island Youth Project provided over 600 pairs of trainers to children in Cabo Verde.

After rounding up trainers from the Berkhamsted community, Paul and Jo distributed the trainers in November 2021.

Now the team is set to travel to the island of Santiago on April 11 to complete a project which will see two schools refurbished.

Speaking to BerkhamstedNews, Paul added that he will need some help from the community.

He said: “We will paint both schools and refit both schools in terms of their classrooms.

“What we need to do is find the content for the school, we need stationery including rubbers and pens.

“We also need second-hand kitchen equipment, we’ve sourced a kitchenette but we’ve got to feed 100 children.”

Paul also thanked everyone who has supported the project so far with members of the local community stepping up where needed.

This includes the partnering organisations in Cabo Verde: Escalo de Futebol Llana, Centro Nos Kaza and Ponta Sambra.

There are also several local organisations that have contributed to the project, donating trainers, sportswear and more.

This includes Terry Marten from 1Tring Rugby Club, Dave Walden of Berkhamsted Sports Shop, Stuart Riches from Berkhamsted Raiders, members from running group Jog On and Paul Owen Machins Solicitors.

Several others have also donated items including Dens, Thomas Coram School and Bedgrove Infant School, who donated school equipment.

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