At St Mary’s are passionate about taking our place as advocates for change and so one of our projects, alongside local churches and neighbouring schools, is to provide support for the building and long term operation of a school in the Kodeni area of Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso is a small African state in Western Africa which was formerly colonised by the French. It is currently one of the poorest countries in the world and state education is either very poor with class sizes of 100+, or non-existent.

Through everyone’s efforts, a wonderful school has been built and now our children are developing a greater depth of understanding about the needs of other people and are beginning to appreciate what is really needed to bring long term help and support.