2016 is nearly over and what a year it has been! This time last year we had four projects; today we have 16 projects in 8 countries across 4 continents. INTO staff – this means you! – Students and friends raised a total of £133,664.
Your funds have gone all across the world. Now there is completely refurbished accommodation for teachers in rural Ghana, an e-learning centre in Zambia running on solar power, and a youth centre and mobile library in Bangladesh, all thanks to you.
However our main focus this has been supporting refugees and girls’ education projects.
INTO Giving funded the top to toe refurbishment of a school in Lebanon for 200 Syrian children who fled war. New classrooms, and IT centre, new electrics and bathrooms, and hallways… everything! Ensuring these children still have access to education is crucial to creating a more peaceful, equal world for the future.
Your support for INTO Giving also helped refugees at the School Bus Project. This refurbished school bus, equipped with solar energy and learning spaces, was based in the Calais ‘Jungle’ in France. INTO Giving’s funding trained 23 volunteer teachers who, throughout the summer and early autumn, worked with hundreds of refugees living in squalid, frightening conditions, until the camp was forcibly closed.
We’ve helped fund the building of a girls’ school in western Malawi – the only school in the region for girls aged 14 and over. The Girl Shine Academy opened this autumn and already has 120 girls in attendance.
Educating girls is vital for creating a more equal world and for developing the wider community; it is said, “If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family and a nation”.
Brand new in 2016, INTO Giving also began support projects local to INTO centres and partner universities. In the UK we now fund six projects and in the US we support two. These projects include St Loyes, in Exeter, who provide specialist educational support to young people with disabilities and mental health issues to ensure they fulfil their potential. It’s our aim to expand the number of local projects we support, so if there isn’t one near your centre, 2017 is your year!
All around the world, INTO Giving staff and students banded together to organise and take part in events. You’ve held bake sales, run marathons, cycled thousands of miles, run raffles, took selfies, sent roses, jumped from planes, and took part in quizzes all to raise money and awareness for our projects. And more!
Thank you to all who have been involved in our best year yet, whether you’ve held an event or attended one. We’re looking forward to doing more in 2017! Watch this space!!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Much Love to all of you! Xxxx