The COCO Chronicles – The Revival!


It’s been over 2 years since COCO’s last blog on the COCO Chronicles and we think a revival is well overdue! We thought you might be interested in seeing how much COCO has achieved and hear what we’ve been up to over these extremely busy (and extremely exciting) last two years…

First of all, here is the latest photo of the COCO team, all looking very dapper and smart at the COCO ball earlier in October. From left to right, meet Kievah, our Fundraising Manager, Oswin, our Project Coordinator in Tanzania, CEO Lucy, Brad, Overseas Operations Coordinator and Diane, Finance Manager.

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(Also, we can’t forget our volunteers – a full shelf to support the team!)

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January saw the Kenya Cycle Challenge launched to the public. 12 cyclists including COCO’s Co-Founder Steven Cram and CEO Lucy Philipson took on a 150km challenge over Kenya’s Maasai Land, where they got the chance to meet members of the Maasai community and also take in stunning views of the Rift Valley. The challenge is set to return in September 2015 and there are limited places available – if your thighs are feeling up to the challenge, contact Kievah, our Fundraising Manager at


An Audience with Mo was an amazing night for COCO, with some high profile celebrity guests including Paula Radcliffe, Mark Webber, Eddie Izzard, Steve Redgrave and of course, Mo Farah. The event was held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and helped to raise £55k for COCO! Look out for ‘An Audience With…’ in 2015…

Sept/Oct’14 OSWIN!!

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Oswin earlier in September, where he worked on project planning here in the office. He also got up to lots of exciting things including delivering some talks at local schools and the COCO ball, meeting donors, running the Kielder 10K and even a photo shoot down by the Quayside for The Northern Echo!


This year’s annual COCO Ball was nothing short of fantastic and there were some amazing prizes from the prize draw including an overnight stay at the Marriot Hotel Newcastle and tickets to see Kylie Minogue in concert! The night raised an amazing £13K for COCO! Thank you to everybody that made it a great evening, we look forward to seeing you all next year!

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Schools for Life logo

One of COCO’s biggest and most successful projects that have kept us busy over the last few years is the Hoja Project. The secondary school in Tanzania received the best results for graduates last year out of 173 schools, with a pass rate of 89% compared to the average of 43.8%, making Hoja Secondary the best in the region of Ruvuma.

COCO has worked on a variety of projects over the years at Hoja which has made it the success it is today. Thanks to all of your support and donations, COCO has been able to:

  • Construct a solar classroom powered by roof panels. The classroom now delivers IT and Science lessons to the students.
  • Provide funding for permaculture training to people like Happy Komba. Since the training Happy has learnt how to maximise her crop yields and therefore income, whilst also being environmentally friendly.
  • Help provide individual solar lamps to students. The solar lamps enable students to safely continue studying after dark.
  • Build two dormitories for boys and girls. Egno Nilinga, a 15 year old student, used to have to walk 2 hours to get to school meaning he was often too tired to study. With an on site dormitory, his grades have increased from an average of 45% to 65%.
  • Fund the Income Generation Programme, offering small loans to encourage entrepreneurship.

Hoja was declared as self-sustainable at the beginning of 2014, which is fantastic news. Looking to replicate the success, we developed the Schools for Life Programme. A ‘School for Life’ consists of these 6 key elements.

schools for life 6 elements

To find out more, watch this video! 

Keep an eye out for fundraising events so you can continue to help COCO and help us roll out another 8 Schools for Life in the next 5 years.

Phew! And that’s not all! COCO has also helped so many more projects including building a sports pitch for Maasai Academy in Kenya, supplied Mpandangindo Primary School with 210 books to benefit 512 children and helped Olomayani Nursery gain access to water using rainwater harvesting. We couldn’t have done it without all of your help so we would like to say a HUGE thank you to everybody who has fundraised, donated and supported us! Make sure you keep up to date with all things COCO at your newly revitalised COCO Chronicles and of course our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

PS Keep an eye out for our cheeky chappy mascot, George. He has also had a very busy year including running the Kielder 10K (and taking lots of selfies!)


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