Thank you to everyone at Urban Monkey who continue to support us and the work we do to get and keep children in education. Their donation has allowed us to help even more children, part of their donation has directly supported over 130 children with their education this year.
Urban Monkey highlights their view on social responsibility.
"Education is the most effective way to break out of the poverty cycle. Education teaches how to develop and improve compared to the current lifestyle of the underprivileged, which is based out of needs and sustenance. Sustenance hinders your ability to do things out of the box as the first priority of these people is food and shelter.
When the cost of education comes in the way of providing basic needs for family and children the homemakers always choose to spare the cost of education and spend it on necessary needs.
We want to lift the cost burden associated with education so that more kids end up staying in school.
Businesses and organizations are places in a way that we can directly have a positive impact in our society. This is our primary aim at urban monkey."
Alfie, one of our visitors who joined us at the Christmas party last year sadly, recently, passed away. He and his wife, Susan wanted to do something for the kids at Christmas and spent time helping us prepare the goodie bags and wrap the final few presents. As well as helping set up the event both Alfie and Susan helped with the madness that is Christmas day (when 100+ children partied, celebrating the day).
I am sure that Alfie will always be fondly remembered by anyone who knew him, Susan seems to be doing as well as can be expected and called up yesterday to part with a few of his clothes and footwear. Rob took a trip out to see Susan and had a chat over coffee and returned with 4 bags of donations. Alfie was quite a big guy so the clothes weren´t suitable for the kids, but nothing ever goes to waste. As we sorted the items out we separated them into different piles relating to what might be done with them. Most of the items were split into two piles, one to be saved and given to fathers from the slums and the second pile was the sewing pile.
The sewing pile would be the start of Alfie Pencil Cases. We have a young lady helping us who has great expertise with a sewing machine and Robert suggested that we could start preparing for the new school year and make pencil cases out of the trousers and shirts.
We started by using two pairs of trousers, a thicker material was used for the exterior of the pencil case and a lighter weight material for the liner, out of the two pair of trousers we hope to be able to make at least 10 pencil cases, 5 are already complete.
We shared our idea with Susan and she gave us the thumbs up, I see this as a great way to reuse items and a way for Alfie to be able to continue to help the kids for a little while longer.
Thank you Alfie and Susan for all your help during the Christmas celebrations, it was a pleasure to have you here. RIP Alfie.