Donations towards building a school in Cambodia have been flooding in since Mr Mills presentation last week.
Last week we hosted an evening where our Headmaster, Titus Mills, shared his dream to build and sponsor a school in northern Cambodia. Mr Jack Clark, the Partnerships Director for the charity United World Schools, gave details about the project and answered parents' questions. UWS works where it is wanted by the local community and where there is no alternative schooling. It trains local people as teachers, but also employs qualified nationally trained staff. Each UWS school is paired with a school in the UK. Current partner schools include Dulwich Prep, Sevenoaks, Eton College, Royal High Bath, RGS Guildford and Portsmouth Grammar School.
The presentation stirred great interest amongst the Walhampton community and in the four days following offers of support came rushing in. Our goal was to fund the building of a school for between 200–300 children from a remote community in northern Cambodia. The cost of building a new school is approximately £25K, while the annual cost of running the school would be £7K.
We are delighted to announce that parents and friends of the school have already pledged over £31,000 towards this deserving cause so this will now become a reality.
The benefits for each of our school communities will be significant and wide ranging. For example, we are planning a visit to the school for parents, pupils and friends next year, and it would also provide opportunities for voluntary work for Walhampton alumni, perhaps during their GAP year or beyond.
If you’d like to find out more information about the inspiring work of United World Schools, do look at their website: www.unitedworldschools.org and watch these two short video clips: