England and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, 17, helped raise money to build a school for underprivileged children in Kenya … after decking out a Mombasa football team in the royal blue of old club Birmingham!
- Jude Bellingham helped raise money for the Mustard Seed Project in Kenya
- They have just completed new school buildings for 275 students in Mombasa
- 17-year-old midfielder Bellingham has also supplied kits to local teams
- The charity reported that the school buildings had just welcomed the children
English star Jude Bellingham helped raise money for the construction of a school in a disadvantaged area of Kenya.
17-year-old footballer Borussia Dortmund is involved in the Mustard Seed Project, which completed the construction of the final phase of the school in the Indian Ocean city of Mombasa this week.
Bellingham has boosted the profile of the project through its social media accounts, with the charity’s ambition to finish the top floor of the school buildings for 275 students.
Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, 17, helped support a school project in Kenya
The Mustard Seed Project reported that construction work on the school in Mombasa had been completed
Bellingham responded to the news with a heart emoji on his Instagram Stories account
A message on the Mustard Seed Project Instagram page read: ‘The building is ready! The children are back at school. Seven years since the construction of the first phase!
‘A huge thank you to everyone who made this dream come true. Special thanks to Jude Bellingham for his support in completing the final stage. ‘
Bellingham responded to the news with a heart emoji who previously posted photos to his Instagram Stories featuring the project’s founders, Rita and Geoff Fowler.
A message on the Mustard Seed website read: ‘The kids are all in this building now. There are still a few things to do that are of course so much more difficult now that the kids are back.
Covid was a catastrophe, of course, but it meant that the construction workers could get to work at school and that the finishing touches were on.
Bellingham with the Mustard Seed Project founders Geoff and Rita Fowler
Bellingham was previously involved in other charity work in Kenya, including purchasing royal blue Adidas football kits for the Mgongeni football team.
‘We are just excited and disappointed that we cannot go to Kenya to see it. Roll the vaccinations on! ‘
Bellingham has previously helped buy Adidas youth football kits in the slums of Mombasa, ensuring they were in the royal blue colors of his old club Birmingham City.
In a interview with The Sun Last year, charity founder Rita, 73, explained how Bellingham became involved.
“His dad, Mark, works with my daughter and she talked to him about charity,” she said.
Mark said it to Jude and showed no hesitation in getting on board. He is such a nice guy and he is so interested.
‘He is so nice and caring. I cannot speak highly enough of him. ‘
Gareth Southgate handed Bellingham his first England senior cap in November
Bellingham has made an impression on the Dortmund first team since his £ 25 million move from Birmingham
In an interview with League Football Education, Bellingham spoke of his pride in seeing the Mgongeni football team in the Birmingham colors.
“I saw a picture and it made me feel great to see how happy they were and how much it will help them move forward,” he said.
‘The more attention I get from doing good things on the field, hopefully that will transfer to the charity so it’s definitely in the back of my mind as a driving factor for me to keep working hard and performing well so charity can take advantage of this. ‘
Bellingham has had a fantastic year, coming to Dortmund from Birmingham for £ 25m in July and going straight to the first team.
He has played 20 matches for the Bundesliga club so far and also won his first senior cap for England in their Wembley friendly against the Republic of Ireland in November.