We are supported by local businesses such as Akamba Garden Centre in Solihull and also
Imagination Street in Bromsgrove.
Matt Jinks joint owner of Imagination Street, a fun and creative play centre for children, felt that it was important to support a charity
that enhanced the lives of children in most need. The business is organising a series of fundraising activities with the aim of contributing
to the £10,000 needed to extend Brainhouse Academy to a new site.
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We are generously supported with donations of funds and equipment. In Sept 2011, Mitsubishi Electric donated two photovoltaic panels to mount at the school in order to power a pump to draw water up from a borehole in the grounds.
Mitsubishi Electric has a mission to make a world of difference to peoples’ lives by helping them heat, cool, ventilate and power their environments through the use of advanced technology. This donation of solar panels will provide the school with a safe and reliable source of electricity and provide for the pumping of water - ‘A dream of our school’, as the staff told us.
It will also help provide lighting to enable the children to carry on with their studies on cloudy days and at night, so that they have the best chance to improve their own education and build a better life for themselves and their communities.
We are working in partnership with a UK based charity called Seeds for Africa who are supporting us in the planting of sustainable vegetables at the school. We have received a donation from them to plant a further 60 bags of vegetables in early 2011 and funds to put in a further water storage facility. Their representative in Kenya is also providing first hand support and knowledge in the management of the shamba (small farm) and in the search for appropriate land for the new school.
We are working closely with a number of schools, key partners being Queen Victoria School in Dudley and the Manchester Communication Academy. Both schools have been involved in a Teacher Exchange Programme, developing resources and activities for teaching at Brainhouse Academy, creating sports opportunities for the children and developing themselves throughout the process. Click here to read some of the stories from the teachers.
ACEF is also working closely with the Girlguiding Association in the West Midlands to develop a programme for leaders of the movement.