I cannot believe the amazing support and generosity I have received from all my family and friends, as well as complete strangers, and I hope The KOALA project is a charity you choose to continue to support in the future. We are only small, but are making a huge difference to these children's lives.
I wanted to share a story of the amazing generosity of a complete stranger, as this has been a key catalyst for a key project we are completing this year. I was contacted a few months ago by a gentleman in the USA, who had met my friend Katie, who also helps children in Tanzania. Katie recommended he contact me to discuss his plan. Mr Shaw donates library books to schools in developing countries, and asked if there was any way he could help with Kilimahewa School. As you can imagine it didn't take me long to accept his offer. As a result we currently have over 8000 library books being packed into containers to be shipped from the US to Tanzania in a few months - all free of charge !
I believe reading is a critically important part of any child's development and education, and should be accessible to all children not just children in the developed world. This very kind donation is a gift I had never ever imagined possible. We are now working with Mr Massawe to ensure we build a great facility, in which our books will be looked after and remain a valuable learning resource for all the children for many years to come. You can also see why in 2015 one of our major projects is to build a new library, and purchase books shelves and furniture to make the library a reading haven for the children.
Again this is just one of many projects we are working on this year and I am hoping to return to Tanzania in July/August to oversee some more work. With my day job slightly demanding at the moment, I hope to be able to spend a few weeks at the school, but regardless the work will continue in my absence as it has for the last 5 years.
Another very exciting milestone we achieved this year was to open our Orphan Centre in January. Slightly before plan, we needed to move faster than anticipated when 5 young children were homeless and in need of a safe place to live. We now have 5 children living at school aged from 2-6 years old and being cared for by Mr Massawe and Suzan. We are currently working on setting up a sustainable support plan for these children for the future.
The KOALA Website has been updated so please visit our website for all the details of what we have accomplished so far, and plans for this year and beyond. http://www.theKOALAproject.org
It is our goal to raise over $10,000 this year to continue all the great work, so please if you can spare a few dollars we will ensure they are put to good use. Please find attached a link to our fundraising page on our website: http://www.thekoalaproject.org/how-you-can-help.html
This link allows you to donate directly via our website using Credit Card, however if you would prefer direct deposit please email me and can provide bank account details.
Unfortunately, we are not yet eligible for Tax Deductible status, so any donations this year will not be tax deductible but you will be provided with a receipt.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and thanks in advance for your generous support.
The KOALA Project