Access to a good quality education is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty. Street Child's work is changing the life prospects of some of the world's most vulnerable children.
I first became aware of Street Child in December 2011 when I heard of their crazy idea to organise a fundraising marathon in Makeni, Sierra Leone. I love sport and I love adventure travel so I signed up immediately, helped get a team together that raised over £21,000 and seven months later found myself running through the streets of Makeni and enjoying an incredible experience.
I returned a year later and visited schools in the northern chiefdom of Tambakha built using the funds our team had raised the previous year. This was mindblowing for me and set me on a path to an ever closer involvement with Street Child. I have now visited Sierra Leone seven times and also Street Child projects in Nepal.
For the past five years I have been on the Board of Street Child España and we have ambitious fundraising plans to support Street Child projects across Africa & Asia. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for Street Child's work and expertise has increased but fundraising opportunities have been limited so now is the time to redouble our efforts.
This is a challenge that took hold in my mind when recovering from open heart surgery in 2019. I needed something to aim for that was challenging but achievable. Mountain climbing and marathon days may be behind me but I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
I will start the hike in St Jean Pied de Port on 15 September and plan to arrive in Santiago de Compostela on my birthday, 26 October, champagne in hand.
Over the six weeks on the road, I will talk more about Street Child Spain work and also about the Camino and the people I meet along the way so please subscribe to my YouTube channel Sherpa Productions and follow me on facebook and instagram.
Street Child's work is life transforming for thousands of vulnerable children in the toughest of locations so any donations you can make will be greatly appreciated.
En Street Child España utilizamos la educación para empoderar a los niños y niñas más vulnerables del mundo para que puedan construirse un futuro sostenible. Al ser una organización no gubernamental trabajamos para conseguir la implementación de nuestros proyectos a través de su financiación mediante eventos de recaudación de fondos, la concienciación de las personas, creando eventos locales con la ayuda de nuevos voluntarios y construyendo nuevas relaciones de cooperación.
En nuestra organización creemos firmemente que la educación es un aspecto vital para crecer. Sin unos fuertes cimientos de educación, ninguna comunidad podrá ser empoderada para mejorar la calidad de vida de sus niños y niñas y no habrá esperanza para un futuro mejor. Todo depende de la educación y creemos que podemos hacer un gran impacto en este aspecto.
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