Scottish Charity Number: SCO36069

Hazel’s Footprints Trust

Find out what Hazel's Footprints Trust aims to achieve and why. Including supporting projects, supporting partner schools and supporting people.

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Supporting people and projects which advance education in impoverished countries; that, in a nutshell, is what Hazel’s Footprints Trust is all about.  

Hazel’s Footprints Trust was established in 2004 in memory of Hazel Scott Aiton whose death in a car accident that year left an unfillable hole in the lives of everybody who knew and loved her. In 2002, Hazel spent a challenging and rewarding Gap Year in Namibia teaching at the Otjikondo Village School. Whilst there, she saw first-hand what an enormous difference dedicated people can make to the lives of others. The Trust aims are to support projects, partner schools and people in the field of education in developing countries.

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Supporting Projects

Hazel’s Footprints Trust provides grants to worthy educational causes in developing countries. The Trust has provided over 60 of these project grants since 2005. The drive behind these grants is in recognising where targeted funding can make a real difference. We work only through UK charities that have capability to deliver grass-roots, educational projects in developing countries.

Examples of just some of the projects that we’ve supported to date include: funding teachers’ salaries at a transformational school in rural Rajasthan, India; building new primary school classrooms Kumasi, Ghana; and supporting the development of a secondary school in Madagascar.

Supporting Partner Schools

The Trust provides longer-term support to two schools with which it has established special partnerships:

  • Otjikondo Village School, Namibia: this is the school where Hazel volunteered so enthusiastically in 2001/02. The Trust provides an annual grant of £10,000 and also, from time to time, supports people who travel to Otjikondo to volunteer through its Footprinter Grants.
  • Ngambenyi Primary School, Kenya: the Trust is proud to have fully-funded the rebuilding of this school in the Kasigau region of Kenya, through its relationship with African Promise. The school has since been officially recognised as a “model school” in its region.  Hazel’s Footprints has committed to providing a further £5,000 towards the running costs of the school each year.

Supporting People

We believe in the value of giving people the opportunity to broaden their horizons and change the lives of others for the better. This led to the establishment of Footprinters volunteer grants. The grants support people who would like to volunteer their time, energy and dedication in an educational setting in a developing country.

The Trust has helped over 140 enthusiastic individuals, “Footprinters”, achieve their dream of volunteering abroad in destinations covering five continents. The vast majority of our ‘Footprinters’ go to schools where they not only teach academic subjects, but also get involved in a whole host of extracurricular activities including drama, sports and cooking.

Latest News


Porridge & Pens - new classrooms on track at Brightlingsea

29th September 2022
In recent years, we’ve built a strong relationship with Porridge & Pens, operating in Ghana. We’ve funded two years of the headteacher’s salary at Brightlingsea Academy and, prior to that,…

Team Kenya: libraries and teacher training supported with £5k grant

11th August 2022

Early in 2022, Hazel’s Footprints Trust awarded an educational project grant of £5,000 to Team Kenya, a UK charity working in Ndhiwa, rural Kenya. Team Kenya supports girls in accessing…


Kianh Foundation: day centre reopens after Vietnam lockdown

13th March 2022

The Kianh Foundation in Vietnam benefitted from grant funding for the salary of the Lead Teacher of the Big Bears class at Dien Ban Day Centre. The centre provides education…


Kianh Foundation: update after 12 months of grant funding

13th September 2021

A year ago, the Kianh Foundation in Vietnam benefitted from grant funding for the salary of the Lead Teacher of the Big Bears class at Dien Ban Day Centre. The…


Ngambenyi School all set for 2021 with COVID-safety

25th February 2021

As schools start to return in Scotland this week from another COVID-lockdown, we are thinking about all of the schools around the world which are less fortunate. For most of…


Otjikondo in the time of Coronavirus

22nd February 2021

Hazel’s Footprints sends £10,000 to Otjikondo School in Namibia every March, to mark Hazel’s birthday. Otjikondo is very close to our hearts so it’s always so rewarding to hear how…


Pamoja Leo helping children to stay in education through COVID

3rd February 2021

Hazel’s Footprints has been supporting Pamoja Leo, an amazing charity operating in Tanga, Tanzania. Pamojoa Leo works to support orphaned and vulnerable children who struggle to access education. Hazel’s Footprints initially…


Porridge & Pens: A letter from the pandemic

24th January 2021

Last month, we received a letter from Jemma Williams, Founder of Porridge & Pens, to update on school life in Ghana amid the global pandemic. In 2020, we agreed to fund…


Open Way education continues through the pandemic

1st December 2020

Hazel’s Footprints Trust has been supporting an incredible organisation, Open Way, which operates in rural Ethiopia, since 2017. We provide funding for the salaries of 9 pre-school teachers. Overall, Open Way has…


EdUKaid: Completed school renovation at Mkwajuni Primary, Tanzania

20th September 2020

Last year, Hazel’s Footprints Trust provided an Educational Project Grant to EdUKaid to support renovations at Mkwajuni Primary in Tanzania. The grant of £9714 paid for the renovation of seven…

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