Richeldis Brosnan updates on her first 4 weeks in China

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Richeldis Brosnan reports on her experience in China so far, four weeks into her time volunteering with Project Trust. This report follows her previous report on her thoughts before she set off from home. Richeldis was awarded one of our Footprinter Grants to help with her work.  I have been in China for four weeks. It is safe to say that we never quite know what requests our host school has for us each day. So far, my partner, Jamie, and I have been instructed […]

Izzy Richards on her last weeks at Otjikondo

Parents' Day display

Izzy Richards completes a fabulous year at Otjikondo School in Namibia where she has volunteered teaching children for a year. She wrote to us before she set off, after her first term, after her second term and now as she finishes.  Hazel’s Footprints gave Izzy a Footprinter Grant to help with the fundraising required for her year.  Izzy Richards – Parent’s Day and Beyond  I’m writing this from our hostel in Windhoek the day before I fly back o London. It all feels surreal, but […]

First report from China by Nik Janus

Beijing for 2 nights

Nik Janus has just arrived in China for his year of teaching, partly-supported by Hazel’s Footprints Trust. Nik is from our local area – the Scottish Borders – and we’re amazed that he feels China doesn’t seem all that far from here! Nik also shared his thoughts ahead of the trip, back in May. Report from Nik Janus as he arrives in China The travel to China was a horrendous ordeal as we had a 7 hour flight from London to Dubai and then also a 7.5 […]

Gillian Mckay’s first report on IOM Somalia Mission

Somalia flag

Mambo! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been interning for almost three months now! Time really is flying! I’m interning with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It’s also known as the United Nations (UN) Migration Agency. More specifically, I am working with the Somalia mission which is made up of around 400 staff. The main offices are in Nairobi and Mogadishu. In addition, there is a field and satellite presence in each region of Somalia. Life in Nairobi Despite the traffic (!) Nairobi is […]

Katy Watters on Project Trust training for Otjikondo

Katy Watters

  Finding Project Trust Nine months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that I would even come close to spending an entire year overseas. I went on a Project Trust selection course on the Isle of Coll having done some research. Yet, I still didn’t really know what lay ahead of me and didn’t really believe that it was something I would ever be involved in. Now, I have just over a month left until I board a plane which will mark the beginning […]

Rachel Azzopardi’s thoughts as she heads to Otjikondo

Rachel Azzopardi

Rachel Azzopardi has been awarded a Footprinter Grant to head to Otjikondo School in Nambia for the 2019/20 academic year.  Otjikondo School is very special to Hazel’s Footprints as this is where Hazel herself spent her gap year. We continue to support Otjikondo with an annual grant, and we are thrilled when we can also provide some assistance to those planning to dedicate a year of their lives to the school. Good luck Rachel! Report by Rachel Azzopardi ahead of her year at Otjikondo School After […]

Ellen Whitehouse on her imminent trip to Zambia

map of Zambia

Ellen Whitehouse was awarded a Footprinter Grant in May for her volunteer trip to Zambia.  She will be teaching maths, computing and science at a school in Petauke, which is in the east of the country.   Ellen Whitehouse is heading to Petauke, eastern Zambia I decided to take a gap year before university after my school trip in 2018 to Kenya. A group of my peers and I had raised a significant amount of money to take out to the school we were working with, […]

Nik Janus on his fundraising boost for China

A year in China

Nik Janus will be heading to China this year to volunteer in teaching. We were delighted to support this local chap with a Footprinter Grant. Good luck Nik!  Nik Janus with some early thoughts on his year in China So, it’s the day of my finding out that I am being sponsored for £800. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders as it makes my job of fundraising a lot easier than it was. There is a plethora of emotions […]

Richeldis Brosnan reports ahead of year in Jiayuguan

Footprinter is off to Jiayuguan

September 14th 2018 was the day I announced to my parents that I wanted to do a gap year in China with the Project Trust. They were immensely supportive and in October I went off to Coll for the Project Trust Selection course. I remember the day when I got the email saying that Project Trust had accepted me as a volunteer, I was on the bus unable to open the email on my phone and had to wait until I got to school to […]

Katie Hughes is heading to San Alfonso, Chile

Katie Hughes

We have awarded one of our Footprinter Grants this year to Katie Hughes. She’s heading to San Alfonso in Chile to teach English at a primary school. It sounds like a thoroughly worthwhile volunteer year, and we wish her the best of luck! Katie Hughes writes ahead of her time in Chile In August this year I will be moving to a rural village outside Santiago, Chile with a partner whom I am yet to meet. But this daunting idea is something I have always […]

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 Richard’s Second Term at Otjikondo

Parents’ Day Project We’ve spent most of this term getting ready for the Otjikondo’s annual “Parents’ Day”. It’s a day where parents and guardians of everyone in the school are invited to come and have a look around. They can speak to their child’s teacher, look in their exercise books and be present for the big parent meeting. On top of all this, the day is scattered with many stalls and events. There is a tombola run by some of the staff and a food and […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]