If you can't think of a gift for someone, that's a sure sign that they either don't need or want anything, or you don't really know them that well. If that's the case, the perfect gift is to help someone else out in the name of your gift recipient.
There are many places in the world where home isn't the most comfortable place to be because of the lack of running water, sanitation, electricity, and adequate food. Touch Africa's mission is to make school a better place than home, and "to provide self sustaining achievable projects which, will ultimately change childrens' lives."
I personally think that home should be as good as school, too. But in many countries the first achievable goal is to improve the schools. Education can empower people with the skills to improve their lives economically.
So give it up for Adopt a School. Make a donation in the name of that person for whom your are stumped for gift ideas. Contact Elise Fish to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about the program (from the Touch Africa website):
Adopt a School
The concept of making school a better place than home is an incredibly easy thing to do. With this there will be a natural migration to school with attendance increasing and more children potentially realizing their short term dreams and finishing Grade 12. The simple ways of Making School a better place than home are:
- Providing Electricity – Access to Educational TV , Warmth
- Providing comfortable Infrastructure- Desks , Chairs
- Providing decent ablutions – Home does not have running water
- Providing Sporting Facilities – This makes School a cool place to hang around
- Container Kitchens and Vegetable Gardens – They have to be self sufficient and this has been very successful in our Storms River Project.
Adopting a school is all about taking ownership and focusing on changing lives. Its measurable and sustainable.
The Storms River School is in need of a Grade R Class as well as a Day Care Facility which will also require the provision of additional ablution facilities. This project has been adopted by WRN (World Relief Now) thanks to the tireless work of Mr Steve Huff.
The monies raised will ensure the construction of ablution facilities as well as a Grade R and Creche facilities.
We are now looking for donors to adopt the school to provide equipment and furnishings. Get Involved and make your pledge.