Tanzanian Secondary School has been “Made with Hope”

Pupil at CHETI Secondary

Last summer, we made a “third aim” grant of £8,900 to a wonderful UK-based charity called Made with Hope. A brand new school, CHETI Secondary, is now open thanks in part to this grant. Made with Hope should be very proud of bringing the very first secondary school to Nadaoito, a disadvantaged rural community near the city of Arusha. We are so thrilled with how everything has turned out, and wish all CHETI Secondary pupils and staff all the best of luck in the school’s first year! A school Made […]

Izzy Richards: First Term at Otjikondo

Sack race at Otjikondo, Namibia, taken by Izzy Richards

So here I am, very nearly 3 months into my gap year, and what a 3 months it has been. It is very easy to say there is never a dull day at Otjikondo. You never know whether you’re going to be helping a child with a nose bleed, having a nose bleed yourself, hunting down snakes, pulling bits of scenery out of cupboards or improvising a lesson when you’re suddenly told that you actually have all of Grade 1 for an hour and 20 […]

A spoonful of sugar from St Mary’s, Melrose

Mary Poppins at St Mary's Melrose

We’d like to express our enormous thanks to St Mary’s School, Melrose, for choosing Hazel’s Footprints as the beneficiary of their charity performance of Mary Poppins in March. Pupils at the school put on a stonker of a production with some seriously talented performers.  A combination of ticket sales and bar sales resulted in an amazing donation of £1,383.18. Well done to the actors, the teachers, the parent helpers and everyone who worked so hard to produce such a fantastic show.

Porridge and Pens build 4 classrooms!

In 2018, Hazel’s Footprints “third aim” grant funding supported the construction of 4 new classrooms at the Brightlingsea School, Kumasi, Ghana. Here’s an update from our partner on-the-ground, Porridge and Pens Ghana.   Brightlingsea School in Ghana “The trustees of Porridge and Pens Ghana would like to update you on funding you kindly sent us to construct 4 new classrooms at the Brightlingsea School, Kumasi Ghana. We are so pleased to let you know all 4 news classrooms (and our school library) were completed in 2018. […]

Update on Open Way Pre-Schools in Ethiopia

Main Shigesho school building in Ethiopia

In November 2017, Hazel’s Footprints agreed a grant of £3,600 for Open Way, a charity which supports pre-school education in rural Ethiopia.  The grant funds the  2018 running costs, including salaries, of 9 pre-school classes. One year on, we are very pleased to share an update on how well they’ve been getting on. The Trustees of Hazel’s Footprints are very impressed so far. Consequently, we have decided to that Open Way will receive funding for the same 9 classes again in 2019.   How the grant is being used […]

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 […]