PE teachers Ryan Driver and Andy Dewhurst, who are also Jersey Island cricketers, visited the Mitindo House orphanage during the World Cricket League Division IV matches. Ten children live at the home, all of whom have HIV.
Since the teachers’ visit, the secondary school has raised £1,100 for the orphanage by holding a non-uniform day and charity netball match and by organising a performance by staff band the Manic School Teachers.
Mr Dewhurst said that when the pair visited the orphanage, they knew straight away that they wanted the school to help them out. ‘We have been in contact with the orphanage for some time and they have given us a breakdown of where the money will be spent,’ he said. ‘This includes medication, food, toys, clothes and other essentials.
‘This is a link that the school now hopes to maintain, by carrying out an annual fund-raising event for the children.’
Fellow PE teacher Mr Driver said: ‘It’s a pleasure to be able to do something for these children, who in our terms had very little but who were so happy and content with what they have. Visiting them was a humbling experience and one which we will never forget.’
Andy Dewhurst and Ryan Driver with some of the children in Tanzania