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Fashion designer Henry Holland visits Tanzania

Fashion designer Henry Holland and supermodel Agyness Deyn are among a group of celebrities running the London Marathon this month to raise funds for Oxfam. They recently visited northern Tanzania to see some of the projects they will be supporting. You can read Henry’s daily diary from his trip in Vogue magazine. Day one is below:

Samuye School. Photo:Henry Holland
Samuye School

The first place we visited in Tanzania was the Samuye school. The kids there were so happy to see us and while the classes were full of up to 100 students everyone seemed very happy and excited to be learning.

Before we left they sang/rapped a song for us about passing their 11+ exam and working hard! You can watch it here

Oxfam is helping the school by training the teachers and providing them with resources to improve the levels of education in the area, and the sanitation in the schools themselves.

Me and Aggy sat in on a maths class for a bit but left when we realised the kids were better than us.

Buhangija school for special needs. Photo: Henry Holland
Buhangija school

Later that afternoon we visited the Buhangija school for kids with special needs and were surprised to see that a lot of them were albino.

Then it was explained to us that in 2006, there was a spate of killings in Tanzania with people killing albino children for good luck. So so sad; these kids had been taken in by the school for their own protection and the school was therefore oversubscribed and in desperate need of a new dormitory. Heartbreaking.

You can support Henry, Agyness and the rest of the “Oxglam” marathon squad here

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