Kemble teaching assistant to help at-risk African orphans
A TEACHING assistant from Kemble is heading out to one of the most impoverished communities in the world to help orphans with HIV.
Lauraine Cheesman, a teaching assistant at Kemble Primary School, is going to the Kigulu Orphanage, a home in the impoverished Kibera slums in Nairobi for orphans with or at risk of HIV.
Lauraine, 42, is due to set off for the nine-day trip on September 28 and said she had heard about the Kenyan orphanage while studying a part-rime course at Cirencester College, which has held a number of fundraising events for the orphanage.
“I've been doing a college course at Cirencester College and they told us all about it,” she said. "I thought I wanted to do more than just sitting around.”
While there, Lauraine will be talking on Skype with children from Kemble school, along with pupils from Anne Edward's Primary School in South Cerney, telling them about the plight of children the same age as them, but with very different lives.
Lauraine said the pupils at Kemble School will be doing a number of fundraising activities before the trip, including a non uniform day to help raise funds for the orphanage.
“The children will write letters to the orphans and I’ll take them with me," she said.
“They are all so desperate out there so it's great to be able to go out and help and see just where the money goes."
After she returns from the trip, Lauraine will giving an assembly for the children at Kemble School complete with pictures and stories from her trip.