Team preparing for return visit to Kenya school

Children at the Roka School in Kenya.''Contributed.
Children at the Roka School in Kenya.''Contributed.

A team of volunteers from the Buckingham and Brackley area will return to Kenya in November to build more facilities at a school project they began last year.

The Roka School Project was founded by Brackley builder Wayne Martin in the village of Roka, an hour north of Mombasa. The school caters for 500 children in classes of up to 90. Last year Mr Martin, together with brother-in-law Paul Burgess from Radclive and pal Robert Brown of Middleton Cheney, installed a new roof on a classroom block and fitted a 10,000-litre water tank.

The team also built a new classroom from scratch and created a football pitch.

Since then, local people and businesses have donated generously towards further improvements, and an eight-strong team will travel back to Roka in November to continue the project.

They aim to build two new classrooms, each capable of housing 80 children, as well as 40 desks per classroom.

Members of the public can sponsor a desk for £25 and will get a photo of the desk with a child sitting at it.

Fundraising events over the last year have included car boot sales, a Rock 4 Roka music event, skydiving, and sponsored runs and walks.

And earlier this month, Buckingham’s own blues guitar maestro Bernie Marsden played three gigs in the 
Radclive Centre to raise 
money for the Roka School Project.