Photo gallery: Eaton Primary School pupils donate uniforms to children in Uganda

They may live thousands of miles away from Eaton Primary, but pupils in Africa are taking pride in wearing the Norwich school's uniform.

When the Duverlin Close school decided to change its uniform, many pupils donated old ones to a Uniform4Uganda project helping children in Africa. The clothes were taken to Bweyale, in rural northern Uganda, by New Hope Mission charity/Elim Missions (UK) where volunteers have been helping a school and orphanage. Now youngsters at Karoit Primary are enjoying wearing the Eaton school's old uniform, which includes its emblem of two elephants.

Eaton headteacher Steve Portas said as well as helping the African children, the project was also giving the pupils a greater understanding of the world by teaching them about life in other cultures.

He said; 'Pupils at Eaton Primary had an enlightening assembly by Mrs Thornberry, one of the people who went out to Uganda. She told the children about their journey, sharing pictures and videos of the charity's work as well as passing on letters from the Ugandan children and school staff. It was humbling to think just a few clothes and donated stationery could mean so much to these children. Our children were really excited to see them wear our old uniform and to see how much difference they have made to the Ugandan children's lives'.

He added that the Eaton Primary pupils were keen to continue their link with the Ugandan children and that they had already begun to draft their replies to the letters they received.

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Are you involved in a new project helping people in need overseas? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email

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