Wisbech Grammar School teacher donates digital camera to Tunisian orphanage

A GLOBE-trotting Wisbech Grammar School teacher has jetted to North Africa to make a digital dream come true for needy orphans.

Head of lower school science Sarah Fox, her husband Sean, an archery instructor at the school, and their five-year-old son Thomas, a pupil at the school’s preparatory department Magdalene House, flew to Tunisia during the summer holiday to hand over a digital camera to an SOS Children’s Village close to Carthage and Tunis.

The cash to pay for the camera and a catalogue of other items was raised by senior school pupils, who organised a cake sale and sold the home-made produce to parents and children at Magdalene House. They raised more than �230 in little more than half an hour.

Mrs Fox said: “The director was absolutely delighted and every member of staff came and looked at all the gifts laid out.

“It was really exciting to hand it all over and just to see everyone’s face as more things fell out of the bags.”

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Mrs Fox, who taught at the University of Tunis for four years, had decided to visit one of the SOS Children’s Villages, which provide family-based tong-term care for orphaned and abandoned children, because the school supported the charity at its harvest festival and she was keen to find out more.

When the pupils heard about her plans, they decided to provide help for the Tunisian youngsters and Mrs Fox discovered that the director of the village, Slim Ben Arab, had a dream wish list for the orphanage.

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The list included educational games in English, fairy stories and traditional stories in English and French-English dictionaries – and at the top of the wish list was a digital camera.

The presentation to the director of the orphanage, which is set in an ancient olive grove in Gammarth, was made in searing 45C heat.

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