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£5,340raised of £2,500 target by 118 supporters

    Weʼve raised £5,340 to help establish Rossholme Education Centre in Kenya

    Location
    East Brent, Somerset and Nairobi, Kenya
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    Funded on Saturday, 24th December 2016

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    Rossholme School, an independent boarding and day school for girls, was founded in 1888 in Weston super Mare and had moved out to East Brent on a temporary basis in 1940. Sadly, in 2005 the decision to close Rossholme had to be made BUT, thanks to the vision and determination of one special lady….

    It was at the first 100Women Conference organised by the BBC in 2013 that I happened to meet the most extraordinary girl from Kenya. It was her first ever departure from Kenya, where she lives in the Mathare slum in Nairobi; we were staying in the same hotel so I invited her to come with me to Rossholme before she flew home.

    I found out that she could take two pieces of luggage weighing up to 23kgs each. I still had a significant amount of brand new Rossholme uniforms which I gave to an ecstatic Joyce. And so the hint of a possibility of opening a school for slum children in Nairobi was born….

    Joyce had been made to give up her schooling aged 13 in order to become the third wife of a much older man. Now 29, Joyce wants to give more children from her neighbourhood the opportunity to get the education for which she had to fight tooth and nail. It has been her ambition is to start a school to provide basic education for the children in the Mathare slum.

    She had run away from that marriage after a week, prompting her parents, who had received two cows in payment from her husband, to disown her. She is the youngest of a family of 11 children, of whom just five survive, and the only one to have attended school. Two years in a children’s home in Nairobi and two years working as a maid did not deter her and now, living in the second largest slum in Africa, Joyce has, at last, achieved her ambition to become a teacher.

    Having registered Rossholme Education Project, Joyce graduated this year and immediately put her meagre savings into renting a house to open Rossholme's Education Centre with 10 children from 8 mths to 4 yrs.

    Now is the time for us to help…

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    • Judith Webb

      Judith Webb

      2 months ago

      Judith Webb

      We have now opened a new crowdfunding page with 2 on the end: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rossholmeinkenya2 Thank you all so much for your support, it really is so appreciated and means that Joyce can continue to plan for the future of Rossholme In Kenya. Happy New Year!

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    • Judith Webb

      Judith Webb

      2 months ago

      Judith Webb

      I received this message from Joyce who wanted to send her thanks for all your support: I'm not able to express my joy to what these great people have done. I have also been thinking of the right words that I can use or how I may say thank you, I have no better words that I can use to you. You have made me great. I love you so much. Please help me to thank all our supporters. I know you can do it better than me. Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless you so much. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Rossholmei

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    • Judith Webb

      Judith Webb

      2 months ago

      Judith Webb

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-38335861 I am sooo excited and so grateful to all you lovely generous people who have kindly donated to Joyce's Rossholme in Kenya project following Jenny Norton's brilliant BBC News article this morning. I do assure everyone that every penny raised is going straight out to Kenya without any administrative costs. Thank you all very, very much! Every penny makes a real difference and Joyce is equally delighted and appreciative

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    • Judith Webb

      Judith Webb

      3 months ago

      Judith Webb

      Thanks so much for all of your support for Rossholme in Kenya so far. I got an email from Joyce who wanted to say thank you herself: "I would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions towards the Rossholme Education project in Kenya. Your support will go along way to educate and create awareness about the importance of education, community outreach and female empowerment. Thanks a lot, Joyce." (A picture of Joyce on her trip to Rossholme, England.)

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    • simon hucker

      simon hucker

      Dec 24, 2016

      Well done, a very inspiring story and cause, good luck with it all ...Simon

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 24, 2016

      Amazing determination, deserves love and support.

      £100.00

    • radha mehan

      radha mehan

      Dec 24, 2016

      £30.00

    About the fundraiser
    Judith Webb

    Judith Webb

    East Brent, Somerset and Nairobi, Kenya

    I was brought up at Rossholme; it has been my home since the age of 8. Closing the school in 2005 was difficult but the realisation that Rossholme is now being established in Nairobi, thanks to the hard efforts and determination of one special lady, means a huge amount to me

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