Our Summer Term lecture is on Friday 12th May at 6.30pm for a pre-lecture drink and the lecture begins at 7pm. All welcome, to book please visit –
Edward and Sandy Elgar are the founder members of a family firm, Edward Elgar Publishing which has grown successfully from its beginnings in 1986 and now employs over 60 people.
Their youngest daughter Amy spent part of her gap year in Kenya and inspired Edward and Sandy to support the teaching of pre-school children through a donation for a new classroom for the Enaikishomi Nursery School in a Maasai community located in the centre of the country close to Mt Kenya. On 13 May 2005 the Elgar family suffered a terrible tragedy when Amy died. The family and friends of Amy made significant donations in her memory to the Enaikishomi School which has grown from just 15 pupils in 2005 to over 190 today. This is an inspiring story which shows how a great tragedy can lead to a lasting memorial that will benefit many children for years to come.
The Elgars talk at Westonbirt will focus on some of the key elements in the success of the school. Amongst these are: the feeding programme, the sinking of a bore hole with a solar powered pump to provide water both for the school and the community, the building of seven further classrooms and accommodation units for nine teachers, a productive vegetable garden, a sewing class where Maasai women learn new skills, a brick press to help local men contribute to building works. An
important mission is to create a school that is environmentally sustainable using solar power, highly efficient cooking stoves and a garden that is being developed to show case the advantages of permaculture. Enaikishomi is on the borders of a large nature conservancy which can create unusual challenges…..such as an occasion when elephants successfully penetrated the electrified perimeter fence and rampaged through the school garden!”