Gulf for Good, The Village Education Project and Larchfield Children’s Home would like to recognise and thank Middlesex University Dubai for their support in helping to transform the lives of children across Tanzania.
In July 2014, Gulf for Good (based in Dubai’s International Humanitarian City) facilitated a ‘Trek to the Roof of Africa’, where 16 residents of the UAE summited Kilimanjaro in a 6-day hike. This was all in aid of raising money for the two charities mentioned above.
Middlesex University Dubai generously donated all proceeds from the Youth Festival Finale 2014 to be split between Larchfield and Sumaye School.
Larchfield is a brand new children’s home being set up just outside of Dar Es Salam. Initially it will house and school 50 orphaned or abandoned children, but will expand to over 300 in the coming years. Ensuring a safe and caring environment to live and receive an education in is life changing, and something that every child is entitled to. This is what Larchfield has been set up to do, and Middlesex University Dubai has helped along in this worthwhile and momentous quest.
Sumaye is a part of The Village Education Project, and sits at the base of Kilimajaro just outside the town of Moshi. The Gulf for Good challengers were privileged enough to visit the school and meet the staff and children who spend their lives there. Not only was everyone thankful for the money raised, but they were an absolute delight to meet. Despite English not being widely spoken, everyone was so welcoming and friendly and put on a show, even beating the visitors in a tense and hotly contested football match. It was a hugely emotional visit and really brought home the inequality throughout the world, and how such a small thing to some can drastically change a way of life.
The money raised, in part by Middlesex University Dubai, contributed to the building of new classrooms which have alleviated the need to house two classes in one room. Before this fund-raising expedition, there were nearly 250 primary school pupils in just three classrooms. In addition, there is now a staffroom where the teachers can work together.
The Middlesex Charity Club deserves thanks for choosing to contribute to such worthy causes. However, all the students and staff of Middlesex University Dubai can rest assured that they have made a real difference in countless children’s lives in Tanzania.
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