Top class project

Bondholder Derby Grammar School’s Tanzania 2019 expedition this summer has brought the number of new classrooms funded by the project since 2013 to five.

Almost £10,000 was raised for the 2019 project by the thirteen students who took part in the trip as well as general fundraising activity across the school.

This year’s fundraising was helped considerably by the generosity of Marketing Derby Bondholders including Sibbalds Accountants, Bespoke Inns, Mercia Image, Highfield Drinks, and YMCA Derbyshire.

The Derby Grammar School students also spent time teaching the children of Gedeli B School and visiting Forever Angels Baby Home and Hisani Orphanage, where a lot of the Gedeli B school-children call home.

Varchas Swamy was a student on the project. He said: “If we learnt anything on this trip, it is that teaching is incredibly rewarding and heart touching. Seeing the determination to learn in the childrens' eyes, as well as the joy they get out of reading stories and solving maths problems really warmed our hearts. The love and respect the children gave us easily made all the challenging fundraising worth it.”

Following two weeks of hard work at the school, the team headed off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mrs Sly, Tanzania project lead said: “Our boys get so much out of the trip and it ties in so much with what we do in terms of trying to make them into caring and thoughtful citizens. They come back from Tanzania as very different people; it gives them a completely different perspective.”

Find out more about the Tanzania Project here, or if you or your organisation would like to support the project, contact Mrs Sly.