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Paper pays for Africans' education

The Weston and Somerset Mercury is helping two African children by paying for their education.

The paper is sponsoring the children to help a local charity called The Luhimba Project.

The charity was designed to help people from the small East African village of Luhimba by working on projects chosen by the residents.

France Komba, (16), and 15-year-old Esha Nyoni were able to start Nguluma Secondary School last month thanks to funding from the paper.

They will learn core subjects such as English and maths, and also skills such as carpentry, home economics and dairy farming, and the Mercury will be publishing regular updates on their progress.

The man behind the charity, Paul Temple, said: “I am so pleased that the Weston & Somerset Mercury has decided to get involved in the project.”

The paper has sent the children a letter, along with postcards and a book, showing the children what Weston looks like.

Mercury managing editor Judi Kisiel said: “I think it is great the paper will be able to help children in Luhimba in such a positive way.”

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