In memory of Simon Rawcliffe

Simon Rawcliffe was a great supporter of COCO, who sadly passed away in 2013.  As a legacy to this great man, Simon’s wife Lisa and son Sam began fundraising for COCO in his memory.  This Christmas the ambitious target of £8000 was met! Lisa and Sam are very proud of what they have achieved, and we’re sure that Simon would be too.

Sam ran the Great North Run in Simon’s memory, as did some of their friends, and a group from Eastern Airways ran the Race for Life.

COCO would like to extend a huge thank you to Lisa and Sam, and to their kind family and friends who have helped reach this fantastic total.  The donations have been making such a big difference, ensuring children in East Africa receive a good quality education and the best possible start in life.  Lisa is now also an invaluable member of the COCO board of trustees, whose advice and dedication help COCO in countless ways.

Dormitories at Hoja Secondary

Donations raised first went towards completing the building of a girls’ dormitory at Hoja Secondary School, meaning the girls no longer have to walk to and from school each day.  Some of the girls walked a total of four hours to school and back, so often arrived already tired and not able to focus on their lessons.  The journey was often dangerous, especially for girls, who would be tempted to get lifts from strangers.  Following this, a boys’ dormitory was also built, giving 50 boys a safe and secure place to sleep at night. The dormitories opened in 2014, initially providing beds for 100 children, this year, more beds were installed with three beds to each bunk, meaning 150 children can benefit from them.

A classroom at Hoja Vocational Training Centre