Guest blog by Educate for Life’s Iona-Jane Harris

Hunar Ghar school in India

We are very excited to share a blog written by Iona-Jane Harris who is one of the Directors of Educate for Life. This is an incredible British charity working at grassroots level in India. More specifically, Educate for Life have been successfully created, alongside local partners and some outstanding Indian teachers, a “model rural school” near Udaipur in Rajasthan.  That school is Hunar Ghar. Iona-Jane is just back from a visit to the school and reports on what she’s found.   by Iona-Jane Harris In October […]

Fundraising Success – Footprints Ball 2018

Footprints Ball Organising Committee

The Footprints Ball 2018 has raised £17,740.77 – and we are absolutely thrilled! The event was held earlier in the summer in aid of both Hazel’s Footprints Trust and Pilgrims Hospices.  What an incredible achievement for the Organising Committee and their guests, well done!  A big thank you from Hazel’s Footprints The 2018 event was the second Footprints Ball to have been held, the inaugural event in 2016. It’s fair to say we were utterly delighted to be selected again to benefit from it.  Joan Scott Aiton, […]

Jamie Blaikie: final report on return from Roatan, Honduras

Sunset through the palm trees over the caraibe sea - Roatan island - Honduras.

Jamie Blaikie is just back from a year in Roatan, an island just off Honduras. He’s been teaching in a village school and has done it all with bucket loads of enthusiasm and dedication. He has also formed some fantastic friendships along the way.  Great to hear Jamie!   By Jamie Blaikie I have returned home after my year in Honduras! I am writing this to give thanks to the support you gave me to help me reach the country in the first place. The year […]

Ngambenyi – a “model” school in Kenya

Ngambenyi nursery and playground funded by Hazel's Footpritns and built by African Promise

We are so happy to hear from African Promise that Ngambenyi Primary School in Kenya, the rebuilding of which was fully funded by Hazel’s Footprints, has been recognised as a “model” school by its local County government.   Charles Coldman, founder of African Promise, received a letter from the Honourable Daniel Mwakisha of the local County government over the summer. The letter praises African Promise for standard-setting work in the Kasigau region, and singles out Ngambenyi in particular: “I note with a lot of appreciation that […]

Izzy Richards: Off to Otjikondo School, Namibia

Izzy Richards before she heads to Otjikondo

Izzy Richards is just about to leave for Otjikondo School in Namibia – she has been awarded one of our Footprinter Grants for volunteers heading to educational projects in disadvantaged communities. We are always especially delighted when “Footprinters” go to Otjikondo – this is the school Hazel put so much energy into when she was a volunteer teacher in 2001/2002. Reflections from Izzy Richards as she sets off When I think about how in six days (Thursday 30th August) I will be embarking on the […]

Jamie Blaikie: 2nd Report from Roatan, Honduras

Jamie Blaikie is volunteering in beautiful Roatan, Honduras

We are over the 8 month mark. A completely ridiculous thing to think about. For me – Jamie Blaikie – it is such a crazy thought as I have become so invested in the Project and in the teaching and living in Punta Gorda that I can’t imagine how life is going to change when I go back to Scotland. Moreover I can’t imagine life without our wee house, without Merilu’s cooking and without teaching nutter kids every day! Back to Punta Gorda I last wrote […]

Amazing film showing the completed Ngambenyi school

Children attending Ngambenyi Primary School, Kenya - building funded by Hazel's Footprints and delivered by African Promise

We were so excited to be sent this film by our partners African Promise – it’s of Ngambenyi Primary School in Kasigau, south east Kenya. This is a school which Hazel’s Footprints Trust was able to fund in its entirety and it’s fair to say we all had goosebumps watching this. We hope you enjoy it too! You can find out more about the project on our dedicated page for the school.    

Jamie Blaikie – First Report from Roatan Island, Honduras

Honduras flag

As we head into 2018 I thought this would be a good time to tell you about our first few months in Central America. I’m volunteering as a teacher at a school on Roatan Island, off the coast of Honduras. Island Life My project partner Solomon and I live and work at a school in a place called Punta Gorda on the island of Roatan off the north coast of Honduras. The town is utterly beautiful, it is right on the Caribbean Sea, and the […]

Finished building project in Madagascar

High school in Madagascar partially funded by Hazel's Footprints

We are really pleased to get word last week of the completion of another one of our Third Aim projects, this time in Madagascar. In summer 2016, Hazel’s Footprints agreed to contribute £10,000 to an excellent high school capital project in the Anosy region in the south of the country. The project was masterminded by SEED Madagascar – formerly Azafady – and builds on two previous projects we’ve worked together on. The school – Manambaro Lycée – had provision for just 100 pupils a few years ago, but the […]

Catherine Roy-Stanley’s First Report from Ghana

Catherine Roy-Stanley

After nearly two months in Ghana, I can safely say that the mad way of life here feels almost ordinary. Power cuts, taxis with doors falling off and the absence of any organisation are all quite normal. There are so many moments where I pinch myself, wondering how and why I never appreciated such luxuries like hot showers and toilet paper. Comfy beds and functioning kettles are things of dreams! At first, everything was a massive shock. The difference in culture, people, values and norms […]