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November 2008

I joined up with local schools to take part in a unique programme that links up children in the UK with HIV/Aids orphans in sub-Saharan Africa.

Schools for Africa
is a charity set up by UK MPs that provides gift boxes for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV and Aids in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  Two schools from the Selly Oak constituency took part in the 2008 scheme: King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls and King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys. 

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The gift boxes were flown out to Africa and were distributed by community-based organisations to children who live in residential care or foster homes in the community.  Each box contained toys, books, school equipment and toiletries for a child.

The pupils who contributed to the Schools for Africa project should be congratulated.   I am sure their gifts made a real difference to children in Africa and for many orphans the boxes would have been the first presents they’d ever had.   

For further information
go to: www.schoolsforafrica.co.uk/

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