Swimming the Channel in our budgies


Total raised

from a target of £50,000.00

Total raised (+ Gift Aid)


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Jonathan, Mike, Stefan and Mark (aka The Barbarian Budgie Smugglers) will be swimming across the balmy waters of the English Channel next week in the hope of raising funds to help give a decent education to some of the poorest children on the planet. 

What do we want to achieve?

We are looking to raise £50,000 to build two new classrooms and restore seven classrooms (on the verge of collapse) at Maritati Primary School in one of the most impoverished areas of Kenya. The funds raised will also provide furniture for the school and jobs for parents of the 416 children for the duration of the project, which we expect to be 5-10 months. ‘The Barbarians’ have already personally committed 50% of the cost of the school. This is where you come in: we need your help to raise the other 50%.


In Kenya 38% of the population live in absolute poverty. Absolute poverty is characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs which includes food, safe drinking water, sanitation, health, shelter, and education. Jonathan and Mike visited one of the most impoverished areas of the country in July 2017 and were shocked by the depth of poverty faced by the local community.

Put simply, the creation of a new, modern school is essential to give the children in this community a chance to better themselves, and in this way offer hope to their families where currently there is none.

Our partners

We are utilising the expertise of the non-profit Human Practice Foundation, along with the 100% Kenyan owned and operated Kissima Foundation, run by local philanthropist Charlie Dyer who has experience in constructing schools with outstanding results. Charlie will manage the project and will be in regular contact with the local authority and education office. He will also ensure community contribution which is key for the success and long term sustainability of the project.

100% of the donated money will be channelled, in its entirety, to the project.

We cover all our costs and our partners cover their own. The operating expenses of the Human Practice Foundation are financed by their founders and the Kissima Foundation will cover its own costs. Donations will be channelled through Prospero World who are a UK registered charity committed to promoting positive social change.  Through Prospero we are able to claim gift aid and increase eligible donations by 25%.

Thank you so much in advance.


Jonathan, Mike, Stefan and Mark 

Budgie smuggler team

school 1

school 2

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Total donations: £26,656.00

Todor Sirakov



Hello Stefan, Great and very courageous effort for a very worthy cause. Also great narrative! We are proud with you, the boy from Krastevich summers!

Jane Cameron


£50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)

Many congratulations - what a feat!

Eliza and James






Barbara Magee



Congratulations on a great achievement

DanRJohnson - Twitter


£20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)

Dear Jon, Profuse apologies for the belated nature of my sponsorship donation. I have been exceptionally busy professionally. Many congratulations upon the achievement. See you around? Regards Dan.Johnson at EquitableLaw.com

Mark Roe



Good luck, you nutters!!




Good luck JT




Fantastic cause, well done