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Bike Ride announcementHuge thanks to the riders that have committed to coming along to our sponsored bike ride on Sunday 3rd June.

We are hoping for a great day as riders undertake one of the three distances. There will be families on the 12 mile ride, many of whom join us after a really enjoyable ride last year and some riders who have taken on the bigger challenge of 28 miles.

Then there will be the keen and capable riders on the 52 mile route. All are very welcome.

To join in this fun event then book via or email



Bogs and teamEmily Campbell ACEF runnerAn enormous congratulations to ACEF volunteer and bonafide ‘turd nerd’ Emily Campbell for running the Manchester half marathon in May.
Emily is part of our poo-power team who installed the Green toilets at Brainhouse in April. She has been invaluable to ACEF over the past few years and we feel incredibly proud of her amazing accomplishment.

Well done and thank you for all of the funds you have raised and the expertise and time you have given !


This week we were proud to welcome home the volunteer team from their visit to Brainhouse Academy. This has to have been one of the most successful trips to the school with so many significant outcomes for the children there.

equalityThe team undertook leadership training for the school staff, building on successful development activities in the past that have really helped the school to be clear about how it can help it’s most vulnerable students in the short and long-term.

afripadsMenstrual management was successfully provided for all girls in the school. Working with partners Afripads and Ruby Cup all of the older girls were provided with the appropriate products to allow them to be confident that they can attend school throughout their menstrual cycle rather than miss important learning.

Gas2Most significantly the toilet block has been built and fitted out so that all of the children can go to the toilet with dignity whilst also providing the source for biogas collection. The biogas digesters were setup and there was an exciting moment when the Headteacher tested out the system, getting the first flame that will eventually be harnessed to provide energy for the school kitchens (previously powered by coal and wood-burning.

The children and staff were delighted and so were the team who have been working so hard on these projects for over a year.

Congratulations to all!



Guiding has been an essential element of the lives of many our supporters and volunteer, so it is not surprising that Guiding and Scouting has been bought into daily life at Brainhouse Academy – starting with the amazing and inspirational visit to Baden-Powell’s home in Nyeri in 2012, led by Liz Stringer and Holly Parrot, Guiders from the West Midlands and supported by Nyeri Guides and Irene Mwangi. The relationship established continue to grow and in 2014, the International Adviser for West Midlands Guides, Sarah Hole contacted ACEF to see if there was a way we could develop a project where we bought together Guides from Nyeri, Brainhouse and West Midlands to develop a community project.   A germ was planted and together we planned for a team of Senior Section leaders to travel out to Kenya, to collect a team of girls from Brainhouse and to head to Nyeri to start to build a campsite for future guide trips wishing to pay homage to the Baden-Powell’s.   A unique and wonderful experience for all involved and certainly a life changer for the English girls who gave both their time and emotions to this incredible trip and the outcomes will enable a whole new generation to experience the thrills of camping. In October 2016, Sarah and Liz had huge privilege of visiting the campsite and meeting with Effie, an 80 year old trainer who was still travelling Kenya bringing Guiding to all and in meeting the young girls involved. You could see from the sparkle in the eyes of the girls that guiding had ignited a new passion to help others and will make a difference to the lives of these young people. We are delighted that ACEF was the common denominator of bringing all these girls together and linking hands across the world.

ACEF badgeIn 2018 we continue to work with Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides across the country taking part in fundraising challenges, thinking day activities and generally educating the global citizens of the future. We have activity packs and badges to help youngsters to understand more about the lives of our children in Brainhouse and what they might do to support them. If you are part of the scouting or guiding community please get in touch !


two layers 2March has been an exciting time in the development of the biogas toilets at Brainhouse Academy. After over a year of fundraising, planning and testing we have begun to see the steel framework which will hold these innovative toilets emerging.

IBCBuilt from steel, the two storey building will have the toilet cubicles on the top floor and underneath them there will be the IBCs, huge containers where the biogas will be created. We have even had barrels of dung arriving which will be used to prime the bio-digesters to get the production started before the human waste is added to it!

ManureThis week our volunteer engineer, James who has masterminded the whole project, has travelled out to Kenya to work closely with the local group building the infrastructure. He had the most interesting suitcase full of piping !

We wish James every success in this innovative and essential project. To find out more about this project look here at our presentation about the issues in the area and how this project will deliver real benefits.



We are so proud to have the engagement of youngsters from our local community in the work of our charity. We want to support the fabulous educational institutions that work with us to create global citizens who will go on to do good in the world.

fledglingsIn recent weeks we have been blessed with the continued support of Blossomfield Infant School, the engagement of Fledgings Nursey, and the energy of the girls from the Hockley Heath District Guides.

We were humbled in January to receive a substantial cheque from Fledgings Nursery to support our work. They have also provided donations of pants which will go out to Africa in the suitcases of our volunteers to grateful thanks from the children at Brainhouse.

On Thinking Day in February around 100 girls from Rainbows, Brownies and Guides got together to hear about our work and to learn some African dancing. Their energy, engagement and dancing skill was fabulous and a great day was had by all. Thank you also for the fabulous and generous donation.

blossomfield cutIn March some of the team spent a lovely afternoon talking to Blossomfield Infant School about poo becoming gas and wee becoming electricity!!  The disbelief, the intrigue, the wonder and the ultimate question – how does the happen? Great discussions for science week. We are so grateful for the fantastic continued support, funds and the wonderful artwork for the toilets.

If you think we can engage children in your environment to be more aware of the global context please get in touch.


Gail Emmerson 1Huge congratulations and Thanks to Gail Emmerson who ran a half marathon at the weekend to raise money for the children at Brainhouse. The Hampton Court Half marathon was run on one of the coldest days of the year when the “beast from the east” weather front hit the UK for the second time ! Gail said that the weather didn’t worry her as she spent lots of time on the way around thinking about the children that she was supporting and it fuelled her on. However, her own children and support team who were there to cheer her on were frozen to the bone and we would just like to thank them too for being there and helping Gail to succeed.

Gail has more than doubled the amount that she expected to raise – currently donating over £550 to ACEF. If anyone is inspired to support her further then her Just Giving page is

If you would also like to undertake a challenge to raise funds do get in touch !


Wall upWell the Brainhouse Green Toilet project is well underway now with a significant amount of land clearance and building work having been undertaken. In this first photograph you can see the exterior wall of the area where the toilets will be. This extends the perimeter of the school and will keep the children safe.

Pee PowerAlso this week our friends from Bristol University visited the school – we’re delivering poo power in the form of bio-gas to act as a cooking fuel, and they’re delivering….you guessed it, pee power!  The electricity generated from the pee will light the toilets. This is such an innovative project and will revolutionise the lives of the children.

But with only weeks now until the main project team arrive in Brainhouse Academy we still need your help!!!
The stars on the picture show the toilets that have been sponsored. However, we need more sponsors to be able to complete the build. ANY contribution would help, but we are really looking for generous benefactors who could sponser a whole toilet for £1500. You can even design the artwork for the door of the toilet.

Can you help? Can your company help? Thank you so much for all your support. pic


Could you join us on 13th May 2018 (3.00 pm) at The Ark in Alvechurch for a high tea? 

How does it work:

You let us know that you would like to host a table of your friends. We save you a table and give you some invites to send out to up to eight of your friends.

You can either arrange a “bring and share” where, between your group, you bring all your refreshments; or you can ask us to provide the food. You can theme or decorate your table however you wish to help your guests have a fun and dignified afternoon.  There will be quizzes and activities, a raffle and small craft items for sale. Or you can just natter and nibble!

At the end your guests will be invited to donate the amount that they might expect to pay for an Afternoon Tea. Everyone’s generosity will be truly valued!

Come along and join us with a table of your favourite friends. Have fun and socialise whilst  raising money for Brainhouse Academy, a slum school in Kenya. Help those children access the dignity of new “green” toilets.

Click on our eventbrite page to confirm that you would like to attend or host – Or contact to discuss the event further.


This year’s charity cycle ride is on Sunday 3rd June 2018 around the beautiful Warwickshire countryside of Henley, Packwood House and Tanworth-in-Arden. There are three great routes so there is guaranteed to be one for you no matter what your riding skills are. Choose from 12 miles to a relaxed country pub, 28 miles around quiet country roads or the more challenging 56 mile route.

“We thought the ride was great today. Signage was clear and regular and the course was really very picturesque, and away from traffic”.

The ride is all on road and fully signposted with marshals, support vehicles and pre-arranged “refuelling” stops.

Raise sponsorship and have a great, healthy day out. To register click onto our eventbrite page  For more information email