Greeting card and gift company, Wrendale Designs is sharing its success by funding a project to build facilities at a primary school in Kenya.
Working with Build Africa, a charity that helps provide children in Africa with the best opportunity to learn, the Lincolnshire based Wrendale Designs is funding a project at Kiatuni Primary School in Machakos District, southern Kenya. Wrendale’s investment will provide vital facilities and resources for learning including a purpose-built Early Childhood Development (ECD) classroom, children’s desks, teachers’ furniture and textbooks for the ECD classroom and a block of toilets for girls and sanitary provisions.
“We feel very privileged to sell our cards and gifts all over the world and it is important to us that we are able to give something back,” says Wrendale’s co-founder and artist Hannah Dale.
The company has given £20,000 to build a new classroom and a toilet block – lots of the girls were unable/excluded from the school simply because there were no toilet facilities. “It is good to be able to fund a single project like this rather than just adding to a big pot. It feels amazing to be able to say ‘we did that with our cards!” says Hannah who is hoping to travel to Kenya once the build has been completed. “We are really looking forward to meeting some of the children and teachers and seeing the impact the new classroom and facilities have made for them.”
Build Africa’s senior corporate partnerships manager, Claire Biddle, says: “The support from Wrendale Designs will make a huge difference to both the teachers and 206 students at Kiatuni Primary School. The new construction and resources will improve both the access to and the quality of education to some of the most marginalised children in Kenya.”
Find out more about Build Africa’s work.