By Abigail in Year 9.
I have just returned from a two week trip to Uganda in Africa.
I stayed near the capital Kampala with a group of teachers from England. We spent most days at the schools which are attached to an orphanage. I joined the Year 9 class, which had 70 children packed into a hot, stuffy and dark classroom with no electricity and only wooden tables and a blackboard. The class had to share 4 textbooks for the whole class per subject taught. I found it hard to concentrate in the lessons; it was a hard way to learn. All my classmates were really happy to be in school and were very keen to learn; they had great hopes for their future.
Babington House helped me raise £650, through the Christmas Service collection and a book swap sale, which bought 100 much needed textbooks. I had so many students from the school come up to me and say the biggest thank you ever!
One evening we went to the crowded dormitories of the orphanage when the little children were in bed. We gave every child a soft toy. The huge smiles on their faces said it all; they were so excited and happy!
The children were also very grateful for all the clothes and toiletries that you donated.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who raised money for them and a big thank you from me because I couldn't have done any of this without you.
Let's not just help ourselves because I know that we can help so many people and children in this world with just a little bit of work. I have seen it and I know it!