Gravesend couple more determined than ever before to help South African township
PUBLISHED: 12:52 09 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:30 09 January 2014
The Gravesend couple who helped raise enough money to pay for 65 South African township children to go to school for a year want to repeat the effort.
Before Christmas, Danielle Jarvis, 27, and fiancé Ian Gaston-Wells, 28, both of West Street, travelled to the Smutsville Township in Sedgefield, Eastern Cape.
Once there they kitted out the children and used the donated money to pay for their education for a year.
The pair, with Danielle’s family who have a house in South Africa, helped raise £1,200 for Smutsville’s children, thanks to the work of friends, family and work colleagues back home.
Mr Gaston-Wells said: “There is now a determination to keep doing what we’re doing.
“We’re not exactly sure how we’re going to do it, we just want to raise the money again.”
Often South African children are unable to go to school unless they have the correct uniform and equipment.
To deepen the crisis, many of the children have lost one or even both parents to AIDS.
Miss Jarvis said: “The trip was brilliant, really lovely. It took three hours to sort out all the uniforms for the children – it was quite a challenge.
“It was not very well organised before we arrived.”
But Miss Jarvis said the response from children and parents was overwhelming.
“They were completely over the moon,” added Miss Jarvis. “There were a lot of tears from parents.
“The kids were desperate to go to school – it is their way of getting out of poverty.”
“We went to church at Christmas and the pastor there explained to the crowd what we were there for, so at the end people came up to us and shook our hands and thanked us.”
To further help Smutsville township’s children, call Danielle on 07736313082 or email email@example.com.