On October 27th, a consignment of 224 SchoolBags left the School in a Bag HQ destined for Karura School, located on the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya. Added to batch, were 224 hand knitted teddies, complete in their own little bag courtesy of a national body of women knitters.
The inclusion of such a wonderful hand crafted gift in to our SchoolBags is thanks to the ‘R’ club, based in Exeter, a group of ex Marks and Spencer employees who meet monthly to be sociable, support charitable causes and of course knit. The ‘R’ club have been knitting for School in a Bag for over a year now and following a publication in the national journal for ex Marks and Spencer employees, teddies have been coming in thick and fast from all over the country. Some of the earlier ‘R’ club teddies were sent with the first 400 SchoolBags to Sierra Leone – see below.
The SchoolBags will now be crated up at Mark Chudley International in Ilton, Somerset before being dispatched to the port ready for shipping to Kenya.
The children at Karura School are all very excited at the prospect of receiving their own SchoolBag. The contents, consisting of pencils, crayons, biros, a math set, a pencil case, a 30cm ruler, a water bottle and 3 exercise books (lined, plain and square) will transform the way in which they will be able to learn. School in a Bag look forward to sharing the images with you when the children receive their SchoolBags.