Grant-funded Hunar Ghar pupils get top marks!

We’ve just heard some  incredible results from Hunar Ghar school in rural Rajasthan. Every single pupil in Standard 5 class has been awarded an A grade in recent state board exams.  This is one of the schools we fund under our Third Aim.  It’s run by a superb team at Educate for Life, a UK charity responsible for running the project in India. The 100% A grade success rate is completely unheard of in a rural school in India. That’s because the vast majority of parents in the […]

Murray Watson: Early Days report from Guyana

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Murray Watson lets us know how he’s getting teaching maths and science in Sand Creek, Guyana. To say he’s working with limited resources is an understatement, but he (and the rest of the school) are doing a fantastic job regardless. Fast forward to Day 40 Day 40, no money, no ATMs work and we’re skipping meals.  All to ensure we have enough funding to make it back to the school in time for Monday. I currently sit in the Takatu hotel, Lethem, making the most […]

Stephanie Smith: Final Report from South Africa

Stephanie Smith writes her final report on her experience volunteering in Ngcizela, South Africa. My life in Ngcizela Yho, (this kind of loosely translates to a sigh in English) is the first word I think of to begin summing up my life in Ngcizela! Firstly, I would really like to take this opportunity to thank the community for having us live in and amongst them. It was such a different way of life. However, it is not so much the tangible things in the sense […]

Stephanie Smith: 3rd report from South Africa

So at the end of my last report I said that the end of the third term would show the fruits of our labour and I believe that is just what happened; the whole ‘whatever you put out to the Universe it will respond’ thing. In terms of TETA, our reading programme, the third term brought a new Foundation programme, a library system at Isolomzi and the conversion of a classroom to a library at Soga JSS. The July holidays (the fact that it is […]

Footprints Ball 2016

We are so thrilled that Footprints Events are supporting us in their inaugural Ball! It’s being held on 5th November in Folkstone, Kent.  Guests can look forward to a glamorous evening of dinner jackets, dresses, drinks and dancing! It’s £95 per person and the proceeds will be shared between Hazel’s Footprints Trust and Porchlight. For more information and to book tickets please visit the Porchlight site.

Kitty Thomson: 1st report from Honduras

I am happy to say that this is my first Footprinter’s report from within my country Honduras! For those of you who do not know, my name is Kitty Thomson and last year I was selected by a charity called Project Trust to volunteer in Honduras for a year to teach English.  With the help of Hazel’s Footprints Trust, I was able to raise the money required and commence my volunteering journey. So I’d like to thank them for this as I have already had […]

Louisa Crookshanks: Final Report from Malaysia

On the 20th August last year I got on a plane headed to Malaysia about to start the greatest adventure of my life so far. I spent a whole year living in a boarding school, teaching English and travelling around South East Asia. It was an unforgettable year filled with many valuable lessons and experiences. I will always be grateful for the people who helped me with my fundraising and blessed me with the chance to see a side of the world I never thought […]

Stephanie Higgins: 3rd Report from Uganda

I can’t believe how much time has flown since my last report! It is now the second term of teaching at Ruth Mother Care school in Nansana, Kampala. This term we got right back into the swing of school life after the long Christmas break now that we are more used to the school day and the style of teaching there. For the first week or two of the new term, there were less children than usual because the children aren’t allowed to return to […]

Emma Ralph: 2nd report from Senegal

Since the last update, I’ve become more involved in the Fasjom evening classes for young girls who can’t attend school. It’s the part of the project that we feel the most passionate about so Josie (the other Project Trust volunteer) and I decided to increase our teaching hours. The classes used to run for two evenings a week, comprising of one French lesson and one maths lesson but we found that if the girls missed one lesson, it would really slow their progress and we […]

Jem Warner: Rwanda Report April 2016

I’ve come to appreciate a few more of the quirks of Rwandan life. People insist  – with rigour – that there is ‘no problem’, when sometimes there quite clearly is. They love to call white people ‘muzungu’ and for some reason ask if you want your beer cold or warm. Who wants a warm beer in the heat of east Africa?! I’ve been spending my weekends in the capital Kigali. It’s a place that has been transformed in recent years and looking at previous pictures, […]