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We’ve done it!

It’s been an anxious couple of weeks at EduCrate HQ.

When we first came together in November 2015, we said from the start that if the only thing we accomplish is sending just one crate of educational resources to a school in need, then that would still be a great accomplishment. Since then, we’ve spent many weeks becoming frustrated and confused as to how it could be so difficult to ship one crate out to our partner school in Nairobi? Logistics are not our strong suit it turned out. At first we couldn’t find a logistics company that would answer our questions, then we couldn’t get anyone on the ground to collect it, then we spent hours trying to find a solution to having to manually input export codes…it’s all a very dull and laborious process. Eventually, we pressed ‘buy’ and we were able to sit together and pack the donated resources into our huge wooden crate. The team and I stared at this crate full of storybooks, toys, clothes & stationary, we were so pleased with what we’d been able to put together, then the fear came. What if someone opens it? What if it goes missing? What if we’ve wasted people’s donations of time and money?

It took 7 days for confirmation that it had reached Nairobi airport, some of the longest days of our lives! We just needed to get it to the University of Nairobi who are assisting us in distribution, and then we knew all was well. Another 7 days came and went, Rebecca (our partner school head teacher) emailed to say she had finally received her crate. What a relief.

The joy that came with that email almost matched the despair we felt when we received her first email asking for help. Rebecca is someone trying to educate the next generation of Kenyan children out of poverty, her determination to succeed is hugely admirable but how she maintains it I am unsure. The Kileleshwa school functions off just £8 per term for 300 students. £8. It is simply mad.

The last email I have from Rebecca will forever be my driver to continue to work that we’re doing.

‘A very BIG thank you for the crate. Sincerely we have really appreciated. We don’t know how to thank you enough. But may God bless you with so much to continue with the same spirit. I received and put the crate before the students to witness the opening. Looking forward for a long term relationship with you. For sure you have demonstrated to a true friend of Kileleshwa primary school.
Again thank you!’
We cannot be thanked without thanking those who have supported us. We are a team with ambitions to ensure educational surplus gets distributed to those in need, but we cannot do what we do without the practical and emotional support of the Brighton community and our close friends & family. Huge thanks to Bidlogix for sponsoring the crate.
Look at these photos and recognise your contribution. If you came to one of our events, donated your time, money or resources, you have done good. We thank you.
Watch this space for more updates, events and opportunities to get involved.
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Written by the very content Founder & CEO of EduCrate- Jemma
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We’re packing up our next crate this week! If you’ve got any disused story, reference or educational books, children’s toys or games, please get involved on our FB page to donate them to the students of Kileleshwa school.
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