I was inspired by Alisoun, and a previous attendee in the last fundraising venture, Laura Thomas, to help raise funds to build a school on Lombok, Indonesia.
Every child has a right to an education, and I would love to help out and be a part of a team that can make this happen. In life I believe you get opportunities to really make a difference in the world, and I truly believe this is one of them. I am passionate about the environment, and using plastic to fashion bricks to build schools is such an exciting prospect.
Why build schools?
Imagine how your life or the lives of your children would be different today if you never went to school...
I believe that a good education is critical to tackling many of the world's problems including poverty, conflicts, and terrorism. Yet too many children around the world don't have access to it.
In 2018, more than 500 people were killed, thousands of families where left homeless and over 400 schools were destroyed when a series of earthquakes struck the Indonesian island of Lombok.
Since then, a charity called Classroom of Hope has been helping Lombok recover by building new schools. But thousands of children are still out of school because there’s been little overseas aide. There is also a huge problem with rubbish in Indonesia.
I’m particularly excited to be part of this project as they’ve found a solution that tackles both problems: the lack of child-friendly schools and too much rubbish.
Together we’ll be building one of the first earthquake resistant schools in Lombok made with re-cycled plastic bricks - schools that will last longer than conventional schools, will help clean up the environment and create jobs too.
How much does the school cost?
Approximately £25,000 will build a school made of re-cycled plastic bricks, although we’d love to raise more to build a bigger school or provide more resources. You can see how well we’re doing as a team HERE.
What happens to the money I donate?
All funds raised through this fundraising campaign (less exchange rates and bank charges) will go directly towards building the school in Lombok and other projects run by Classroom of Hope. Each of us will be funding the cost of our trip to Lombok ourselves.
Please donate whatever feels right, to help us rebuild a school, community and island devastated by earthquakes and neglected by the world.
Donations are in pound sterling. If you live outside the UK, £10 = US$13 = €11 (approximate values as at January 2020).
Thanks for your support, it means a lot!