Charity Commission Registration Number: 1087409
Since its formation in 1979 Cantores Dominicae has raised over £20,000 for local causes. As well as supporting local charities, it has also made donations to SUStain (East Kent Neuro-Rehabilitation) and towards the restoration of churches in Kent.
KENT MS THERAPY CENTRE
For 2016/17 we will be supporting the Kent MS Therapy Centre
A charity will be elected at the start of the year and the size of the contribution will be agreed by the committee at the end of each financial year. For 2015/16 we will support the local branch of ‘Jessie's fund’. This is a national music charity that supports music therapy for families with children with a terminal disease.
KIANGARI SECONDARY SCHOOL UPDATE, by Vice President Stuart Brown, March 2017
In 2005/06 Cantores joined Nairobi Rotary Club in supporting Kiangari Secondary School which is located approximately 50 miles north of Nairobi. At that time the school was not connected to the electricity supply and the Headmaster was struggling to teach IT using his own laptop powered by a small generator.
Together with my Business Partner, Alfred Kariuki, I was able to persuade the local MP to arrange for the school to be designated an ‘industrial site’ which allowed it to qualify for a grant from the Rural Electrification Programme. The grant covered the cost of extending the transmission line 3 kilometres from the local tea processing factory to the school.
Cantores raised a total of £1300 which covered the cost of connection, installation and wiring of the offices, computer room and library. Subsequently members donated books, teaching materials and redundant IT equipment to enable the school to equip the computer room and library. I arranged for the books and equipment to be shipped to Kenya. Parents undertook the building work using materials donated by the Rotary Club.
Earlier this month, during a short business visit to Nairobi, I visited the school which is now educating 320 children, including 60 orphans. The books and redundant IT equipment which was collected is still in use although it was destined for recycling 12 years ago! I was able to hand over 3 redundant Lap Tops and a Wind Up radio.
The children work extremely hard- boys start arriving at school at 5.30am after trekking up to 3 kilometres to school through the tea gardens. The girls start at 6.30am. School finishes at 5 pm but those studying for University Entrance exams often stay much later because they do not have electricity at home.
Extending the transmission line has also enabled other homes and small businesses to be connected and the computer room is being used by the local community who cannot afford to buy personal computers.
If anyone wishes to donate old textbooks etc or redundant IT equipment, I can arrange for it to be delivered.