School students help build orphanage in Africa

Sixth form students and staff from Wreake Valley Academy, Syston, pictured on their community work trip to Ghana EMN-150227-160502001

Sixth form students and staff from Wreake Valley Academy, Syston, pictured on their community work trip to Ghana EMN-150227-160502001

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Sixth form students and staff from Wreake Valley Academy in Syston have returned from an ‘adventure of a life time’ in Ghana, living in a community for 10 days and working on an orphanage project they helped raise £25,000 for.

The party were based in the Volta region of the African country and spent time with Ve Koloenu villagers, learning to cook and visiting the local school.

Much of their time was spent helping to build Eugemot Orphanage, which will provide a permanent home for orphaned children in the region from next year. Students and staff worked with members of Venture Force, a charity which helps developing communities around the world.

They also had an opportunity to learn about local crafts and swim at the bottom of a stunning waterfall while they were there.

Assistant principal Su Peters said: “It really was the adventure of a life time. We want to say a very big thank you to the local businesses and individuals who contributed money, clothes and other items to make the expedition possible.”

Donations for the Ghana project can be made online at www.vffoundation.co.uk