Improving Lives in Tanzania

11th July 2016

At the start of the summer term, Northwood College for Girls pupils were given a unique opportunity to truly change lives and futures by collaborating with the Better Lives Foundation.

Better Lives’ mission is to help disadvantaged children grow up with good health, fully educated and trained in a profession which will help support a sustainable future. The objective is to enable families to improve the lives of their children in six key focus areas: water access, soil nourishment, vegetable growing, income generation, home improvement and education. Working with families, organisations and schools provides the charity with the funds to achieve this.

Better Lives' key objective is to create support structures that are designed to better both the health and the education of those living in developing countries.

The girls’ challenge was to ‘travel’ from Northwood College in Maxwell Road to a small village in Tanzania called Kiwitwi – a grand total of 7208km! Students set about running, climbing, throwing and swimming this huge distance and their outstanding dedication and commitment has resulted in them raising over £5,200!

Year 6’s Asiyah Merali Dewji commented: “We held fundraising clubs every day at either 7.45am, lunch time or after school, and it did take a lot of commitment to sacrifice our precious sleep – but it’s the least we could do for those who are in need.”

Gill Perry, a representative of ‘Better Lives’, recently visited Northwood College to tell the girls about the huge difference that their money will be making to the villagers in Tanzania.

Gill reported that over 1,700 students from three different schools will be benefiting from an advanced water supply with improvements such as wells, pumps, distribution pipes and taps. In turn, these developments will help to supply essential health improvement facilities, including hand wash basins and toilets; and ultimately contribute towards the improvement of the student’s education and futures by reducing the spread of germs and illnesses.

The school’s donation will also go towards setting up a School Farm, where crops will be grown to provide fresh and healthy breakfast for the students. This is one of the girls' proudest achievements, as the sustainability of the farm means that their hard efforts will remain beneficial to the students for years to come.

Northwood College for Girls’ PE Teacher, Ms Rebecca Perry, commented: “Covering the 7208km was a huge challenge for the girls, but it has been a prime example of what our students can achieve with sheer determination and hard work. The way the girls have worked together to bring the best out of each other is inspirational.”

The presentation ended with the girls discussing what their contribution towards the charity meant to them, and when asked to sum up their experience in four words they mutually agreed upon: “Commitment, Motivation, Resilience and Teamwork”. Northwood College is proud of the girls for displaying these essential life skills during this challenging, yet highly rewarding, project.

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