A double helping of generosity for African Impact…

Sonja Hughes is managing a volunteer project in Mozambique through African Impact and The Happy Africa Foundation. She got in touch with news of their first Stuff Your Rucksack visitors. Two travellers, Maria and Maria from Spain, went to the organisation in October.

She tells us: “African Impact are running a pre-school for 70 Mozambican children so we always need lots of teaching resources, especially art and craft items which are difficult to get out here. We also provide adult English classes in the town. Many, many adults and teenagers in Vilanculos are desperate to learn English and recognise it is as a path to finding a good job.

Children outside the pre-school

Adult English class

“Maria Lerena found us on the website and contacted me to say she would be visiting Vilanculos. I sent her a donation wish list, plus some recommendations for places to stay and activities around the area.

Maria and her friend, Maria, arrived at our volunteer house. They had brought so many great things for us – face paints, crayons, stickers, plus new text books for the English classes, which we desperately needed. Thanks to their donations, we have been able to start a new upper intermediate class.

A pupil puts the face paints to good use!

“We would love to see more visitors from Stuff your Rucksack, and of course they will be welcome to visit our projects whilst in Vilanculos. Thank you again to Maria and Maria, and to Stuff your Rucksack!”

You can visit the African Impact Facebook page to find out more.

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Little Acorns

Some time ago we received this story about a charity that actually began with someone stuffing her rucksack for the children of The Gambia. Marjorie Warwick took a bagful of pens when she travelled to the area for a holiday, back in the early 1990s.

She was so enchanted by the children, who had so little but loved to learn, that she looked into local planning permission that would allow her to build a school for local children.

It took two years but she managed to raise the money. Sadly, she died before it was ever completed, but her daughter-in-law, Judith Hughes, elected to take it over and the first school was finished in 1998.

The charity, HASTE, has now been running for almost two decades, and has built ten new schools in that time.

It just goes to show what a simple action can lead to.