5th January 2021

Axis Apprentice Helps Build School In South Africa

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Axis Apprentice Painter and Decorator Francesca Fordham was selected to join a team of 300 volunteers from all over the world to help conduct works on two schools in a township in South Africa.

Work began in the Township, located near Cape Town, at 8 o’clock in the morning. The volunteers were split into groups with building works across a variety of disciplines that needed to be completed. One of the first projects included the maintenance of four classrooms, including painting and building bookcases.

Maintenance work continued to renovate a security hut and two toilet blocks. Building works were also needed on external benches and pathways between schools and classrooms. The volunteers also helped with marking out a basketball court.

Fran herself helped carry out a number of jobs across her time, which included varnishing doors, painting and plastering. Children would sing and read to the volunteers at lunchtime. Fran applied for the volunteer scheme via her college, North Kent, who had already awarded her the Principal’s Award and Apprentice of the Year Award.

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I was very excited to go on the trip to South Africa and it was an amazing life changing opportunity. It was challenging work, but it was worth it to see how much we changed the children’s school experience. I volunteered because I like to make a difference to other people’s lives – Francesca Fordham

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