At Sibertswold we feel that children should learn to be responsible, caring citizens and that this is central to the education each child should receive. John 10v3, ‘The gatekeeper opens the gate for them and they listen to His voice.’ Our aim is to protect those without a voice by providing help and guidance to those in need. We feel passionately about trying to bring around a sense of justice and lasting change.

As a result of this, we have teamed up with local churches and neighbouring schools to provide support for the building and long term operation of a school in the Kodeni area of Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso is a small African state in Western Africa which was formerly colonised by the French. It is currently one of the poorest countries in the world and state education is either very poor with class sizes of 100+, or non-existent.

In the area we support there was no available schooling at all which of course undermines completely any efforts to raise the standard of living or promote economic development. It is total injustice!

We have committed ourselves to raise a minimum of £1,200 a year for each of the next 6 years and this money is channelled to Burkina Faso via the charity Aid to Burkina. Through our efforts, a school has been built and it has started to enrol pupils. We are now aiming both to extend the building and to embed the provision to ensure it can be sustained. Most of the work has been completed by Burkina Faso builders themselves with some help from visiting members of Folkestone Churches including Mr Lamb (HoS) and local teachers.

Through this project and the related electronic communications that we have established, we are building up a long term relationship with people in Burkina Faso and helping our children to communicate with children of a truly different culture so as to understand what we can learn from their very different way of life. Our children also develop a greater depth of understanding about the needs of other people and begin to appreciate what is really needed to bring long term help and development.

We see this work as part of our efforts to keep the commandment to “love one another”. John 10 v10 talks about Jesus coming to Earth so that we can have life and life in all its fullness. We want everyone to have a full life and the joy that it can bring.

We receive regular project updates which are communicated to our children and their parents.

Phase 1: Design and build 6 classrooms, toilet block, admin block and a water well – COMPLETED (June 2017)

Phase 2: Enrol classes of 50 children a year and gain support in order that a class teacher can be employed, medication can be administered and lunch can be provided- 200 children enrolled so far (Oct 2018)

Phase 3: Build a community hall (which will be used as a church on a Sunday) and a dispensary (to tackle curable illnesses)

Phase 4: Provide families with water filters, so that they can have clean drinking water at home. Provide families with solar lights, so that children can carry on their study at home. (Ongoing)

Check out www.kodenischool.org.uk for further information