ITALA FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER 13

UNITED NATIONS AWARD - ITALA FOUNDATION HIGHLY COMMENDED FOR ITS WORK

Each year a number of Gold Star Awards are made to charitable groups that link their communities in the UK to those in Africa.

The Gold Star Award is the highest of the accolades that Itala Foundation is still working towards. However, the charity was delighted to
receive the news they had been given a ‘ Highly Commended’ award from the UN committee.

The charity is delighted that all of its efforts of the past 10 years have been recognised by such a prestigious organisation.

CARDIFF PRESENTATION

Tony Foster, Chairman of Trustees with Mr Carwyn Jones the First Minister for Wales at the Gold Star Awards Ceremony in Cardiff on 17 July this year.

 

SPONSORSHIP -  A LIFE CHANGING EVENT

Hellen finished her Grade 9 at Itala this year with the distinction of having achieved the highest grade in Maths in the District. Hellen is now being sponsored by South Caernarfon Soroptomists to continue her education through to Grade 12 at a nearby school. Hellen hopes eventually to become a nurse.

 

CHANGE AND IMPROVEMENT

This year has largely been a year of consolidation for the charity following a number of changes to the school over the past few years.

However, this did not stop the charity from completing its third purpose built teaching block - the centre building - which will now enable the school to teach science and, therefore, extend the academic opportunities for the children from Grade 7 to Grades 8 and 9.

Following consultations with the co-ordinator, Mr Albert Mwansa, it was agreed to run a pilot course of some 48 pupils for the next 12 months.

 

CHARITY OF THE YEAR FOR DISTRICT 18 INNER WHEEL

This year Itala Foundation was extremely lucky to be chosen by District 18 of the Inner Wheel to be their charity of the year.

The charity would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Inner Wheel clubs of District 18 for their hard work and generous financial support.


Tony Foster receiving a cheque from the Inner Wheel

 

A MEETING ACROSS 5000 MILES

Students from North Wales went with three of the Trustees, Tony Foster, Sian Kent and Rebecca Roberts, to Itala school this summer to carry out work at the school and to meet and interact with the children.

Students from North Wales painting designs in one of the class-rooms.  The students spent a week painting all three of the school buildings and the classrooms before leaving and going on tour around Zambia and Botswana.

The school feed progamme offers food twice a week to those orphans who have little or no family support.  This has been made possible by Rotary funding the planting of maize on the school grounds. The project has been so successful that it is now self funding and self sustaining.