Bags for Kenya 2019

Annually, students and teachers from Ashton Park School visit Inspirations School in Kenya. While there, we build classrooms and provide educational materials and training.

Following Kenya’s plastic bag ban, we take cloth tote bags with for the local children. The children love to receive these and have many uses for the bags, including carrying their school books and for storing their clothes in.

In 2017 the expedition took just 40 bags, in 2018, with the community’s help, we took 400! A lot of these were lovingly made or decorated by students, teachers and residents within the BS3 community and we would love to repeat this again in 2019.

If you can help by donating a cloth bag, Ashton Park School would love to receive them!

Bags must be well made and strong; suitable for a child to use (ideally unisex) and be no bigger than 50cm x 40cm. We’re happy to accept unwanted, clean bags in good condition; or you can make a bag, maybe using recycled clothes/bedding; or you can buy a cheap tote bag from Hobbycraft for £1 and decorate it. The choice is yours.

Bags should be handed into the Ashton Park reception marked for the attention of Radha Sharma / Bags for Kenya before the end of May 2019.

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Kenya Textiles Bag Project – Thank You!!!

Over 400 bags!!!

Thank you so much to everyone that has contributed beautifully made bags and stationery to the project.
We hope you have enjoyed the experience of making them. It has been really nice to hear all the stories connected to the fabrics and decor behind each bag. So much time, creativity and thought have been put into them.

They have all been packed ready for us to take early on Thursday morning alongside the Inspirations Expedition 2018 team.

Without all the community spirit we could not have collected as many as we have! So another big thank you to the SWBCLT who have spread the word.

The project will run again next year. So please keep making and collecting the bags we so often take for granted. They are going to be cherished and admired by so many people in our partnership community and schools in Kenya.

We hope you enjoyed taking part and there will be lots of pictures to share on our return.

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