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Bromley High students help schools and trek mountains on Ethiopia trip

PUBLISHED: 06:32 21 September 2013

Bromley High School pupils with locals in Ethiopia.

Bromley High School pupils with locals in Ethiopia.

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A dozen students from a Bromley school spent weeks painting schools and trekking mountains in Ethiopia this summer.

The girls from Bromley High School sixth form started their journey in Addis Ababa, where their project lead them to paint a school library - as well as fix and paint cupboards for storage.

The Ethiopian school lacked basic resources such as electricity, and school books, which the Bromley school funded.

After the charitable work, the girls travelled to the Bale Mountains for a trek starting at an altitude of 3,000 metres and rising to 4,000 metres.

Finally, they visited the Arba Minch in the Rift Valley, where they trekked to see zebras and visited the crocodile market.

Head teacher Louise Simpson said: “Our intrepid girls are a real credit to the school and to themselves.

“This year’s expedition to Ethiopia tested their grit and determination as well as giving them a real outlook onto the lives of those who live a very different life to us.

“I hope that the memories that they made will be with them for a long time to come.”

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