Children’s art shown in Friends of Mombasa exhibition

Miles and Ash Cocker with Mayor Ian Buckland
Miles and Ash Cocker with Mayor Ian Buckland

A Rustington based charity held its first ever exhibition, a showcasing of children’s art inspired by images of Africa.

Friends of Mombasa Children works towards a community where children have access to education, equipping them with the life skills and qualifications necessary to gain meaningful employment; enabling them to escape the restrictions of poverty.

Riverbeach and Whitemeadow schools from Littlehampton, along with Broadwater and St Andrew’s in Worthing, took part along with Unity School, Mombasa in Kenya.

After listening and watching a presentation from the charity, children and students enthusiastically embarked of art work in various media.

The work from Kenya consisted of a tapestry of individual panels sewn onto a duvet cover.

Alongside the art exhibition, a t-shirt colouring competition was held.

More than a hundred children and several adults took part in designing and colouring a t-shirt.

Mayor of Littlehampton, Councillor Ian Buckland, judged the children’s entries and presented prizes.

All the t-shirts will now be taken to Kenya and presented to the pupils at Unity School.

The exhibition was staged in Littlehampton United Church on Saturday, February 11, and Sunday, February 12.

On Sunday morning the congregation arrived at church to discover themselves in a small extension of East Africa, surrounded by colourful art work and images and sounds from Kenya, together with pictures of Unity School.

The service was one of gratefulness for the work of volunteers both abroad and locally, and of challenge for the task ahead when so much needs to be done to eradicate poverty.

The Friends of Mombasa Children has ambitious plans to replace temporary corrugated iron classrooms at Unity School with a purpose built brick classroom block.

The charity also maintains an orphanage and medical programme in the Bombolulu district of Mombasa.

The Trustees wish to thank all who took part or visited the exhibition.

Find out more about the charity at

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