Four years ago Anno’s Africa linked a primary school in Wales with Spurgeons Academy in Kibera. A year later, S4C made a documentary about the visit of 4 Kenyan children from the slums to Nefyn primary school, called “O Nefyn I Nairobi”. The children stayed for two weeks and participated in the Youth Eisteddfod with their Welsh peers, singing a song in Welsh and Swahili!
Since then, volunteer organizer, Joy Brown, whose son Gareth taught music with Anno’s Africa in the Nairobi slums, has arranged various concerts and events to fund raise for the charity. We are now calling this our “Welsh Connection” and the activities here are so exciting, with various schools and colleges offering to sponsor individual children in Kenya through secondary education as well as raising money for the charity’s work through various events. Anno himself attended Nefyn Primary school for a while and loved this beautiful country so we are really happy to have our Welsh friends officially on board.
On this page we will update everyone on what other concerts and fund-raisers are planned for the future on the Llŷn peninsula.
This year Ysgol Botwnnog Uwchradd, where many of the former Nefyn primary school students now go, raised almost £600 to pay for around two years of secondary education for young Freddie, who was one of the four Kenyan children from O Nefyn y Nairobi. Morfa Nefyn primary school also raised enough to cover his school books and uniform. So between them these generous Welsh children have given a marvelous opportunity to their friend so he can complete his education.
Some other wonderful news is that ILS students at Dolgellau College held a garden party this year and raised enough money to sponsor Elsie from the Anno's Africa ballet group through secondary education. Elsie is 13 years old and has just finished at primary school; as her mother is a single parent with two other daughters in school, she would not be able to pay for Elsie's secondary education. But the students from Dolgellau have now made it possible and Elsie will go to a school near Kibera so that she can continue to participate in our ballet classes and take her RAD grade 4 exam in the summer.
Thank you Joy - and Sylvia for all your hard work - and to Andy and Eleri at Dolgellau!