‘They have come back determined to make a difference’ – Stevenage students return from KISS Uganda trip

JHN students Jacob Hall, Alice Durrant and Katie Santoni during their visit to Uganda.

JHN students Jacob Hall, Alice Durrant and Katie Santoni during their visit to Uganda. - Credit: Archant

Students who visited an African country to see first hand the work of a charity they support have come back determined to make a difference.

JHN students Alice Durrant, Katie Santoni, Jacob Hall, Jessica Scott, Rhys Dainton and Caitlin Fletc

JHN students Alice Durrant, Katie Santoni, Jacob Hall, Jessica Scott, Rhys Dainton and Caitlin Fletcher spent two weeks in Uganda over Christmas. - Credit: Archant

Six pupils from The John Henry Newman School in Stevenage spent two weeks in Uganda over the Christmas period with the Kiddies Support Scheme, a national charity which has been linked with the school since its creation 20 years ago.

Joined by teachers Colette Hewitson and Chris Tucker, the group visited Hoima and Kasambya where KISS is carrying out work to support vulnerable children and help them gain access to education.

The school in Hitchin Road will now prepare for its annual KISS Week, a five-day fundraising effort taking place in February.

Charity trustee Kate Batterbury said: “More than 130 JHN students have visited KISS in the last 20 years.

Staff and students at JHN with Ugandan families on Christmas Day.

Staff and students at JHN with Ugandan families on Christmas Day. - Credit: Archant

“Every trip is incredibly special in its own way – and the students always come back changed by the experienced. This group has been no exception.

“The situations they witnessed were difficult but they have come back determined to make a difference – and I have no doubt they will do exactly that.”

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For more information visit www.kiddiessupportscheme.org.

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