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For the Children

Over 700 was raised for the Wulugu Project, which works to tackle poverty in Northern Ghana through education and training, from a quiz evening at Hethersett Old Hall School on February 18th, 2012.

Before the quiz Wulugu Project founder Lynne Symonds from Great Melton outlined the ongoing work which began in 1993 following a chance meeting with a head teacher from that area of Ghana. Lynne heard about extreme poverty, lack of education and the many children being kept at home because of a lack of money to buy exercise books, pencils or school uniforms.

She raised funds to send equipment to Wulugu Secondary School which gave the charity its name. Since then the Wulugu Project has built and equipped new schools, provided hostels for teachers and girls in rural areas and helped mothers to earn money to support their children's education. Today more than 100 villages and over 200,000 children have been helped out of a cycle of poverty: Nine primary schools have been built and equipped and desks have been repaired and provided for over 30 more. Four vocational schools for girls have been built to take them out of virtual slavery.

"I am extremely privileged to be part of the Wulugu Project and you should feel privileged to be here tonight knowing your money will directly benefit some of the poorest people in the world, people forgotten and neglected by other charities," said Lynne, who has been made an honorary chief of two Ghanain tribes.

"I am so grateful that my grandchildren will grow up happy and healthy. In Northern Ghana mothers often would not have that hope with no school, no information on nutrition and no knowledge of how to look after children. We have been able to bring many children back from the point of slavery and brought youngsters out of poverty, not just for this year or next year but for ever," Lynne added.

Proceeds from the quiz evening and raffle will go towards turning more of the project's dreams into reality.