Making a difference at Memusi School

SOMETIMES the smallest things can make a difference.

For the teachers and pupils at Memusi School in Kenya this was definitely the case when Priestley College student Abigail Titchard visited with other members of the Warrington Wolves Foundation.

“One of the teachers found a balloon on the floor and asked if he could borrow it to demonstrate static to his class,” said Abigail.

“When we said he could have a packet of balloons so that all the children could have one he was just so thankful.

“The head teacher was also incredibly touched that we’d taken enough erasers for every child in the school to have one each.”

Abigail, who is studying World Development, Geography, History and PE at Priestley, hopes to become a teacher and gained valuable experience on the week-long trip.

She travelled 27 hours with the Warrington Wolves Foundation to reach Magadi where they stayed in tents while helping in the Memusi School.

Locals gave them the warmest of welcomes with singing, dancing and lots of hugs.

In return, the visitors introduced them to Frisbees, the Macarena and rugby.

“They’d never played rugby before, but by the end of the week we had a fun match with the rest of the school watching,” said Abigail.

“They really embraced it and it was amazing to introduce them to a sport we know so well. I’m hoping we can put together a rulebook to send over to them so that they can carry on playing.”

Abigail, a former pupil at Sir Thomas Boteler, also visited a primary school where it costs parents £10 a term to send their children, but even that is too much for some.

During the visit one little girl caught Abigail’s eye.

“She looked like she wanted to play, but was very quiet and it turned out it was because she had never seen a white person before,” said Abigail.

“I sat with her for 30 minutes blowing up balloons and after that she was following me everywhere holding my hand.”

Members of the Warrington Wolves Foundation had raised £7,000 to pay for the trip as well as teaching supplies, games and clothes for the children.

Abigail said every item would be treasured by those on the receiving end of Warrington’s generosity.

“It was inspiring to see how much they cared about their education,” she said.

“On the Friday it was their independence day so the children didn’t have to be in school, but they still turned up.

“For some of them that meant walking four hours across mountains to reach the classroom.”