Students in Dagenham attempt to raise £12,000 for Sierra Leone trip

The student's mini-expedition to the Brecon Beacons last summer. Picture: LifeLine

The student's mini-expedition to the Brecon Beacons last summer. Picture: LifeLine - Credit: Archant

Students at a school in Dagenham are trying to raise £12,000 for a trip to Sierra Leone.

The sister school in Sierra Leone. Picture: LifeLine

The sister school in Sierra Leone. Picture: LifeLine - Credit: Archant

Pupils from the SW!TCH Expeditions School are going to volunteer with a children’s home and farm in Freetown for two weeks this summer.

The school in Becontree Avenue caters for students who’ve struggled in mainstream education. Using a vocational approach to learning, children take part in business activities, fundraising, logistics and administration tasks to gain their qualifications.

They’ll be using these skills to organise their expedition, following a successful mini expedition they completed in the Brecon Beacons last year.

They’ll meet up with a sister school, LifeLine Nehemiah Projects, which was started by a father who began raising and educating local child soldiers.

The students will be going to Sierra Leone for a fortnight in summer. Picture: LifeLine

The students will be going to Sierra Leone for a fortnight in summer. Picture: LifeLine - Credit: Archant

The £12,000 will go towards camping equipment, resources to help teach in the children’s home, and travel costs.

Just under £10,000 has been raised so far, with donations open until May 31. Click here to donate.

The student's mini-expedition to the Brecon Beacons last summer. Picture: LifeLine

The student's mini-expedition to the Brecon Beacons last summer. Picture: LifeLine - Credit: Archant