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 […]

Computer room completed in The Gambia

Bakau Newton Lower School computer room on completion

We were really pleased to see photos of the new computer room at Bakau Newton Lower Basic School in The Gambia. This is the result of funding via a Third Aim grant given to UK charity Affecting Real Change. The lab has been named the “Hazel Scott Aiton Memorial Computer Lab”. Our third aim grant funded the transformation of an old pavilion into a fully functioning computer room at Bakau Newtown Lower Basic School. This involved installation of over twenty computer stations, electricity and security with locking door and windows.  Affecting Real […]

Hector Wotherspoon’s final report from Ghana

Hector Wotherspoon in Ghana

As I sit here back home in my comfortable kitchen, it’s hard to believe that only four weeks ago I was standing up in front of a class of 55 pupils. It was 36 degrees and 99% humidity and I was teaching them about numeric bases and superlative adjectives, amongst other things. As cliché as it sounds, my time in Ghana has been the best experience of my life. I’ve spent eight months living in a completely new environment. I’ve met some amazing people, heard some incredible […]

Superb New IT lab at Ngumbe School, Malawi

IT Schools Africa logo

Earlier this year, we agreed to fund a project with IT Schools Africa in Malawi.  We provided a third aim grant of £1,300 to refurbish the IT lab at Ngumbe Community Day School.  The grant was put to work extremely quickly, and we’re delighted to see the result!   The works included repairs and repainting of the security door, refurbishment of the classroom walls, a new whiteboard to replace the old blackboard (no more nasty chalk in the computers!) and new power sockets.

Excellent progress at Hunar Ghar school, India

Hazel's Footprints funds two teachers at Educate for Life's Hunar Ghar school in India

We’re delighted to provide you with an update on how things are going at Hunar Ghar, India.  We are one year into three years of funding teachers’ salaries at this inspirational school set up by our UK partner Educate for Life.  Hunar Ghar is based in a rural area near Udaipur, Rajasthan – one of the poorest states in all of India. Update after 12 Months of Funding All teachers at Hunar Ghar, including two funded by one of our “Third Aim” education project grants, receive regular […]

Points of Light Award from Number 10!

Door of Number 10 Downing Street

  We are so touched to announce that Joan and Bill Scott Aiton have just received a lovely letter from Theresa May. The letter was to tell us that Hazel’s Footprints has been given a “Points of Light” Award. The Prime Minister’s office announces one Point of Light each day to recognise “outstanding individual volunteers”. Theresa May wrote: “You have created an inspirational charity to commemorate the life of your daughter, Hazel. Through ‘Hazel’s Footprints’, you are helping others gain the life-changing experience of volunteering abroad, […]

Lucy Mytton’s Second Footprinter Report – India

Lucy Mytton - art workshop in India

Hello, I welcome you find out more about my Art Workshops and life in India, let me tell  you about the last 3 months. India bursts with colour, through the landscape, the transport, the music,the people, the buildings, the food. You can spend 5 minutes here and you will see that art is naturally a large part of the culture. But I have noticed that in school, the children are not exposed to expressing themselves with art or creative thinking. This is where I come […]

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

celebrations for Amerindian Heritage

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 […]