I have always believed in Education. My parents invested in mine, and I understand the privilege it gave me in this world. Not everyone is as lucky, particularly in third-world countries.
A school building program in Cameroon Africa caught my attention many years ago. Children squashed into over-crowded rural schools trying their best to learn, in buildings that leak, often blow down in heavy storms and have no sanitary facilities. Short on text books and proper desks.
The idea of being able to make a difference to many children over decades, by providing them with a clean, safe school building, proper sanitary facilities and an environment where the teachers can properly educate excites me. To help a few, but over time, hopefully many.
Partnering with a UK Charity, who themselves partner with a solid local charity, means that every Euro donated to the school building project goes to the village. We also chose this partnership as we liked their community involvement model. The local community also have to provide some funding (albeit small) and prepare the ground for building and source local materials. Local involvement and ownership is key, so that projects like this are a helping hand, and not a hand-out. This model is well designed and tested.
We are still in discussions as to which rural village will benefit from our support, the timelines for the project and the scale of our involvement on the ground. It may very well take us two years, and not just one, to bring this project to fruition. Someday soon I hope to be sitting in a new classroom in Africa that was indirectly brought about from the work I am lucky to do every day, because of the education that was gifted to me. I look forward to giving that gift back to others, and thank all my clients for their continued support in helping deliver this gift.