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.

More Information

Hazel’s Footprints Trust was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 9th November 2004, company number SC 275793. The Company is a registered charity number SCO 36069.

The Trustees who are also directors for the purposes of company law are:

  • Bill Scott Aiton
  • Joan Scott Aiton
  • Joanna Scott Aiton
  • Lucy Costain
  • Christopher Hildyard
  • Rachael Hill
  • David Mortimer
  • Ben Newman
  • Ruth Sutherland Knibbs

Latest News


Staff housing well underway at Uphill Junior School

24th January 2024
After breaking ground in October 2023, there has been lots of progress on a new staff accommodation block at Uphill Junior School, Western Uganda. In 2023, Hazel’s Footprints Trust granted…

The Uphill Trust breaks ground

28th October 2023

In May 2023, we agreed to provide a grant of £15,000 to the Uphill Trust. The funding will go towards a staff accommodation and a sanitation block at Uphill Junior…


Girls' Space, Rwanda: 2023 graduates

9th October 2023

In 2021, we agreed to support a fabulous vocational training programme for 16/17 year old girls in Rwanda. The £6,000 grant covered the salaries of three staff members who run…


Smartbox project with Street Kids Direct in Guatemala City

27th September 2023

We have just received some photos from Street Kids Direct, showing new computers purchased with the support of a £4,700 grant earlier this year. Street Kids Direct’s Mentoring Programme Street…


Trustee Ben bikes up the Giants of the Alps

8th September 2023

Ben Newman certainly takes the title of most avid cyclist amongst the Trustees of Hazel’s Footprints and, indeed, amongst the wider Hazel’s Footprints community. He has, once again, completed a…


Report from Open Way Pre-Schools in Ethiopia

1st May 2023

In 2022, the Trustees of Hazel’s Footprints extended our support to 9 pre-school classes in Ethiopia by funding teachers’ salaries for a further 2 years. We have been supporting this…


3 years of support at Pamoja Leo

21st March 2023

Three years ago, just before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, we offered grant funding to a fantastic charity called Pamoja Leo. The charity operates from its Early Childhood & Development Centre…


Brightlingsea Classrooms shine in Ghana

21st December 2022

We are really pleased to hear from Jemma Williams, Founder of Porridge & Pens Ghana, on her return from Brightlingsea school. Regular readers of our news will know that we…


Finishing touches on classroom renovations at Chanzige A school

21st October 2022

We’ve just had a lovely update from Champion Chanzige on further progress with a classroom which was renovated over the summer. In May of this year, Hazel’s Footprints Trust provided…


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,…

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