Sunday, 6 December 2009

Mumbai India

An introductory education pack of posters, teachers' notes and lesson advice begin their journey for Mumbai, India.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Ethiopia - Ethiopian Scools Project

Hello Don

I was speaking with Geraldine McCoy about her aid work to Hungary and she spoke to me of your role in UNESCO and said you may also have an interest in our work in Ethiopia.

Our charity, Ethiopian Schools Project, has a volunteer - run charity shop in our local town of Randalstown N. Ireland. We have been able to provide a number of furniture items, baby items and clothing to assist Geraldine and others in filling a 40ft container to provide for the needs of a group of people in Hungary.

Ethiopian Schools Project was started by my wife Christine and I in early 2007 when we set up a small committee to see if we could raise funds to provide education for a large group of children in an impoverished community in a large city called Shashemene in South Ethiopia.

We had been in this area with Habitat for Humanity in 2006 and were challenged when we saw so many children with no education provision in their area.

From a small beginning we raised sufficient funds to rent a vacant building in Shashemene and began a school for 160 children(Sept '07) employing teachers from the local area and managed by a local committee.

In our home town we were very fortunate to obtain the use of a vacant shop premises in May 2008 to commence a Charity support shop and this has been well supported by our local community here in Randalstown N. Ireland. This is now our main source of funding for the Schools Project, staffed by volunteers and supported by all sections of the community.

The number of children in the school was increased to 210 (Sept'08) and at the same time, following a year of negotiation with local authority in Shashemene, we were granted a piece of land to commence the building of a new school. Construction began right away and on 12th July '09 our new school was opened with current provision for up to 320 children.

All the children from the rented building have transferred to the new school along with over 40 new entrants. At this time the enrolment is 257 and this number will be increased each year provided our support finance can be maintained. Our construction plan also includes a 3rd block of classrooms which is presently under our consideration and if completed will raise the student capacity to around 500.

We visit the project in Ethiopia 2 - 3 times each year and invite other interested people to travel with us. Back in July '09 we had a group of 9 including a doctor, nurse and 2 teachers from N. I.

We have a local, approved committee in Shashemene who oversee all aspects of the project and we communicate regularly by email and regular visits for face to face discussions. In addition to our main goal of education provision for the children we have also made progress towards improved nutrition and health care for the children as well as adult education for the parents and others in the local community.

We commend our Project for your interest.


Friday, 28 August 2009

Romania/Hungary from The David Tyler Trust

Educational posters, teachers' notes, science desktop teaching aids, lesson plans, folders and plastic wallets begin their journey to worthy recipients in Hungary/Romania.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

India - educational supplies destined for India and their "school bus".

Thanks to Pictorial Charts and David Tyler Trust. - a series of desktop science books and a substantial amount of educational posters, teachers' notes and lesson plans shortly to be sent through Andy to India.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Request from Andy regarding Mumbia India

Hi Don,
My name is Andy Robson .............I am currently working with an organisation called Vision Rescue out in Mumbai, India. They travel to different location throughout Mumbai feeding and educating slum and street children who don't go to school and have little hope for the future. They have two buses which are used as classrooms and they currently have about 700 children a day who are educated on the buses. Over the last 4 years they have helped about 100 children into full time education and they want to increase that number.I have been a teacher for 11 years and more recently, have been working as an assistant Headteacher of a junior school. I have gone out to India to help Biju with his educational programme and my main role has been to train the teaching staff. Many of them are just volunteers and do not have any qualifications. I have been helping then to teach English and maths and giving them advice on their general teaching styles and methods. I am also working on developing a sports programme for a group of street children aged between 12 and 16. I am currently coaching them football with a view to making them into a team.The main problem I have faced is the lack of resources. The buses are just buses and have no education material or equipment on them and the children use chalk and chalk boards. The teachers have a whiteboard and pens, that is it! They are only in the bus for one hour a day and are taught maths, English and Hindi, with games or a dvd on saturdays.To do this I have been looking for educational posters, displays, games and other resources that can be use in the teaching of basic english reading and writing, and maths. I would also like to provide the children with writing books and pencils, and by get sports equipment that we can use for the sports coaching. It is so true about the difficulties of donating money and I know that Vision Rescue have faced some of those problems. They have very little money to spend on anything other that their general running costs.I have attached a few photos for you to see and would be grateful of any help, advice or support that you can give me and Vision Rescue so we can give these kids a better life and a better future!Look forward to hearing from youAll the bestAndy

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

South Africa

Educational Resource pack, teachers' notes, resource material, lesson plans sent to South Africa.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Nepal - another whiteboard delivered

Namaste Don,
How are you? Hope you are doing well.Here is the picture of the school chairman of Satmul Secondary School receiving 2 white boards on 20th April. I personally would like to thank you very much for your support to those needy schools andI feel great to donate them on behalf of PCET.Have a good day!
Best regards,Krishna

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Nepal - "more whiteboards delivered safely"

Namaste Don,
Here are two pictures of the white board distribution to two different
school. The boards were received by the principle of Bhimeshwor Primary School Mr. Ram Hari Rayamajhi. Have a good day! Best regards,

Friday, 3 April 2009

South Africa

Good morning from a very foggy Edinburgh! Here's a photo of my packing for the daily journal. "On Wednesday evening, the 8 of us ,who are going to work in Goboti, met and divided up all the gifts for the school and young children in Goboti. This is my packing, with some of the School Posters from Pictorial Charts Ltd (the teachers won't believe their eyes!), biscuits and footballs, all thanks to A Ray of Hope. They will, indeed, bring A Ray of hope to Goboti Village. I will have a big story to tell the villagers about the real Ray of Hope! Thank you!" On with the work - still lots to do!Love from Jenny

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Nepal - another board delivered.

Namaste Don,
I’m distributing the boards to one after another school (one each for the first time). I’ve told the respective teachers that I will contact them again when the next boards are ready. The picture attached is the teacher Mr. Gyalsang Lama of Indrodaya Primary School.

Have good day!

Best regards,Krishna

Wednesday, 25 March 2009


Educational supplies and folders sent to Philippines.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Nepal - Classroom Boards

Another teacher Mr. Ramhari Rayamajhi representing Saraswati Primary School received the second board today. It’s really nice to see their happiness to get the white board. Have a good day!
Best regards,

Friday, 13 March 2009

Nepal - new classroom boards.

Namaste Everyone,The first seven white boards are ready and one is already distributed at my office premises. Please have a look at the photo, the teacher of the Shiksha Sadan Primary school received the board today as the beginning. Others teachers are coming to receive the boards shortly.Have a good day!Best regards,Krishna

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Ecological Centre Belarus

Invaluable ecological educational resources from PCET arrive safely in Belarus.