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Holy Trinity School – Love to Live, Live to Learn, Learn to Grow
By: Pete
Mar 7, 2016

Children from Gende Tesfa on the way to their Breakfast Club

£10,037.04 raised by Cookham – WoW!

This amazing partnership has brought Holy Trinity School pupils, teachers and parents, Cookham Rise Methodist Church and many local people together to support the school in Gende Tesfa, Dire Dawa in north east Ethiopia.  This money has built a new sportsground for the children of Gende Tesfa and has enabled over 35 children to have breakfast every morning enabling them to concentrate on their studies. This amazing partnership continues – see below



Competition winner uses swimming party prize for fundraising

Emma Billingham

08:00PM, Saturday 09 July 2016

A fundraising swimming party is being organised by the lucky winner of the Advertiser’s Make a Splash competition.

Primary school pupil Joshua Mustard is using the prize to fundraise for a new sports track for his school, Holy Trinity in Cookham, and facilities for its partner school, Gende Tesfa in Ethiopia.

Joshua, eight, is hoping as many of his classmates as possible will come to the party that is expected to be held in September.

He said: “I’m really excited and I think lots of people are coming. I like supporting charities.”

The Make a Splash competition ran in March and was for the chance to win a party for up to 100 children at the Magnet Leisure Centre swimming pool.


Since late 2014 Holy Trinity School in Cookham, Berkshire has been involved in an exciting link with Gende Tesfa School in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

When teachers and children heard from parent and Partners for Change Ambassador Sarah Parfitt that many of the children from the poor and marginalised Gende Tesfa community in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia went to school hungry and had nowhere to play they decided to do something about it. They raised money through a sponsored swim and their christmas nativity play. They learnt more about the problems faced by children in Gende Tesfa through visits made by Mulugeta Gebru and Pete Jones from Partners for Change. The children learnt how children in Ethiopia live, about their access to water, toilets and education.

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Mulugeta Gebru and Pete Jones from Partners for Change visit Holy Trinity School

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The visit even got a mention in the Maidenhead Advertiser!

The children’s fundraising brought quick results enabling 25 of the poorest children in Gende Tesfa school to have breakfast in the school every morning. They are now able to concentrate on their lessons and stay in school.

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Holy Trinity has also helped fund a new sportsground for Gende Tesfa School – previously children only had a rough patch of ground on which to play. Parent and PfC Ambassador Sarah Parfitt ran the London Marathon for Gende Tesfa and helped the school raise a staggering £5,000 for the breakfast club and sportsground. It has been heartening to see Holy Trinity School using their motto of Love to Live, Live to Learn, Learn to Grow to help children from a poor community halfway across the world.


Holy Trinity has helped fund a new school sportsground

Children also got a real taste of Ethiopia when Tutu from Reading’s Tutu’s Ethiopian Table visited Holy Trinity and gave a cooking lesson in Ethiopian food. The children loved the new tastes, textures and smells!

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Remarkably the children, teachers and parents at Holy Trinity continue to provide support. They have sent and received letters back from their friends in Gende Tesfa and continued to learn about life in Ethiopia. Recently the school raised money through dressing up as their favourite book characters on World Book Day and leaping off the page as part of a village wide leap year themed fundraising event called Leap4Africa.


Holy Trinity School has been an important part of the Leap of Faith and  Leap4Africa fundraising campaign. Many children and parents from the school climbed up and leapt off the 13 metre tall pole onto a trapeze swing!


Holy Trinity and Gende Tesfa Schools have been on an amazing journey together and are learning how to Love to Live, Live to Learn and Learn to Grow

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