‘Help us build an orphanage’

Chris Power of Fir Vale School in Ghana
Chris Power of Fir Vale School in Ghana
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Caring Sheffield schoolchildren are appealing for generous people to back their efforts to help build a 600-place orphanage in a remote region of Ghana.

Fifteen youngsters from Fir Vale School will head to Africa in April in response to an emergency appeal.

But the pupils have to raise thousands of pounds to cover their travel and accommodation costs and another £20,000 towards building the orphanage.

School associate assistant head Chris Power started the venture after he visited Ghana and discovered there was no education or suitable accommodation for orphans in the Volta area.

Charitable foundation Venture Force agreed to co-ordinate rebuilding of an orphanage, including a school and sports centre.

And when Fir Vale students heard about the plans they were keen to help make the plans come true.

Chris said: “The orphanage rebuild is a major project and a life-changing experience for the Sheffield children.

“Fir Vale School is proud to be part of this charity effort.”

Students aged 13 and 14 were encouraged to apply for places on the expedition team and 15 of the most enthusiastic were selected to go.

They have already raised more than £7,000 through a community dinner, bag packing, baking sales, a quiz night, talent show and a non-uniform day – but another £20,000 is needed.

Major sponsors will have their company name painted on the wall of the building.

n To help ring 0114 243 9391 or visit www.firvale.com.