9 YEAR OLD SAXON FLINT SPONSORS HIS FRIEND IN MPONGWE
"I first made a Christmas box for a child in Mpongwe which was delivered by the Winning Women in Essex who fundraise for the children and women in the village. I put my photo in the box and also a letter that was then opened by a boy called Shaphaty who is 10 years old.
Shaphaty then made me a brilliant handmade toy from coathangers, a coke can and mud from the village - he made me a cyclist banging a drum. Shaphaty also sent me a letter telling me about his family.
I went to a Winning Women event with my mum to meet Hildah who runs the charity to receive my toy and I watched videos of Shaphaty and his friends at school. I learnt what they eat and how little they have but they are still happy. I decided to raise money for Shaphaty and his friends to help them go to school and get a proper meal each day.
Often the children who attend the Mumba Children's Daycare Centre go to school without having breakfast and their lunch of nshima or maize and beans at the school will often by the only meal they have each day. The children don't have uniforms or desks and only have one well at the centre for water and a limited supply of electricity. The children eat and drink in their one classroom that has dirt floors. The teachers and cooks sometimes work for free so help is needed for the children.
£10 a month is all that is needed to send one child to school and pay for one meal a day.
I used my pocket money and have baked cakes and sold them, held sponsored silences with my classmates and run a 5K race on Christmas Day morning. I achieved my target in December 2015 but would like to raise enough to send Shaphaty and his friends to school, fed and clothed for as long as possible. I will not give up fundraising and have found that having a personal connection with Shaphaty has really inspired me to work hard and think of others less fortunate than myself.
I have also been on the Southend Knicker Walk and helped raise money to provide the boys and girls in the village with pants and knickers - it's really important for them to be clean and comfortable. This is something I take for granted so also sent some pants out to Mpongwe for the Saxon boys.