South Yorkshire pupils change lives in remote African village

Youngsters from St Bernard's School in Rotherham celebrate bringing water to an African village for the first time.
Youngsters from St Bernard's School in Rotherham celebrate bringing water to an African village for the first time.
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THIS is the ‘magical’ moment running water was brought to a remote school for the first time.

And South Yorkshire youngsters were there to see the life-changing development in Lesotho, a landlocked country surrounded by South Africa.

A group from St Bernard’s Catholic High School in Rotherham worked with water engineers and also provided a safe clean-burn stove for their counterparts.

They raised more than £50,000 to go on the trip, which included visits to the prison cell Nelson Mandela was held in and the Cape National Park in South Africa.

Former Sheffield City School headteacher Ken Dunn, who led the trip as founder of charity Africa’s Gift, said: “They were a fantastic group to work with, if I could get more like that we’d be changing the world bit by bit.

“It’s difficult to imagine running a school without water – it was a magical moment when the tap turned on and it came on.

“Water is life in these parts and this will enable the school community to grow food and start a tree nursery enterprise bringing environmental as well as socio-economic benefits through this powerful education initiative.”

School staff and priest Monsignor Ryan also went on the trip.

Chaplain Tammy Neal co-ordinated a partnership between the school and feeder primaries which raised money, as did local businesses.

Each of the four McDonald’s takeaways in Rotherham subsidised a clean burn stove so families can cook food safely.

In total more than 100 stoves were taken to the remote community.

n Visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/stoves-susdev to donate a stove to a family in Lesotho as a Christmas present.

n See Class Act next Tuesday for more pictures.