A bit of background first. Mr Johnston started the Confirmation project many years ago with his sister in law Sr. Annette. Each year before the 6th class made their Confirmation, Sr. Annette would write and tell them of a project that needed funding. Sometimes it was a well for a village, the first ever project was tools for an apprentice and often the project was something to do with a school.
In 2007 Sr. Annette wrote and told the pupils about a remote village called Saku. The children had to walk an hour to get to the closest school. In rainy season this was impossible and very dangerous due to flooding and wild animals. She asked the pupils for their help to build the school. She had started schools before with the assistance of the Creagh and Attyrory pupils. Then when these schools are up and running, the government take them over and fund them from then on.
The pupils rose to the challenge and pledged some of their Confirmation gift money. They also took part in a sponsored walk. Mr Johnston decided it was time to visit all the projects he had been involved with down through the years and flew to Tanzania that Easter with his two sons in tow.
A sum of €7000 was sent in total that year.
I prepared a short video with Mr. Johnstons footage of 2007 and my visit to Saku school last summer. The number on the roll now is over 3000 pupils. Yes three thousand!