For a brief introduction to TWOAT please go here
Children from the school for refugees from Myanmar where we fund their lunches wishing TWOAT a Happy Christmas (see their hats for the lettering). Click on the picture to enlarge it.
For the last few years our Christmas Appeals have related to helping schools but this year we have decided to concentrate on the other major way we help poorer communities which is via health improvement programmes. We are examining, with advice from one of our supporters who is a retired consultant in epilepsy, the possibility of funding the establishment of a clinic specially for promoting awareness of and treating victims of epilepsy within Berega Hospital in Tanzania. There is a considerable risk for people who traditionally use open fires for cooking and heating that epileptic fits can cause them to fall into a fire. It has been estimated that there will be at least 30 children and adults suffering from epilepsy in the area serviced by Berega Hospital but only a few cases have been recognised and are being treated. The speed with which the clinic can be established will depend on recruiting and training a suitable nurse who will spread awareness of the condition and provide support to patients and their families. The nurse’s specialised training will last about two months and take place at another hospital, remote from Berega and, with accommodation and travel, will cost about £1,000. We hope our Christmas Appeal will raise enough to cover this and the other costs (medicines etc.) associated with establishing the clinic. If the recruitment process takes longer than expected then we will use the Christmas Appeal money raised to further support medical camps run by the RUSH project in Kenya to treat children and adults suffering from infestation by the Jigger Flea. This unpleasant parasite typically enters children’s bodies via their bare feet and can cause disability and even death if not treated. Any donations you are able to make to our Christmas Appeal can be sent as cheques or cash to our Treasurer John Tedder at 103 Shelvers Way, Tadworth, KT20 5QQ or by using our VirginMoneyGiving online donation facility here
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STOP PRESS News from the school we support in a camp for refugees from Myanmar. Thanks to generous additional donations from our supporters we have been able to send funds to provide a second lunch each week to start during November. We have told the school that funding for both lunches will continue until at least October 2020.
I am very pleased to be able to show you some photos from the school for refugee children from Myanmar showing them appreciating the lunches we have funded for them since June 2018.
TWOAT children’s lunch cost in Thai Baht’s 40 to £1
Unfortunately as there are 150 children in the school we could only afford to pay for one lunch per week this year. Previously the school could provide no lunches so our donation also had to buy cooking and eating utensils as well as food. It costs about £8 per child to supply one lunch per week for the whole school year. We hope that the generosity of our supporters will enable us to increase the number of lunches to two per week as we know that food supplies in the refugee camp are limited.
A statement from Mike Fox, Chair of TWOAT:
“I am sorry to pass on the very sad news that John Allinson, Deputy Chair of TWOAT, passed away after a long struggle with cancer at 1.30am on Monday Feb 12th 2018
if you wish to donate to TWOAT in memory of John please click here
If you want to participate in or sponsor someone for our John Allinson Memorial Walks or to see photos from the first walk please click here.
As you may know he was awarded the MBE last year for his services to good causes in general and in particular to Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust of which he was one of the original founders and the first Chairman. Unfortunately he was already too unwell last December to go to Buckingham Palace and receive his medal from the Queen. In consequence his family asked me to present the medal to him in his bedroom on Saturday Feb 3rd which I did in the company of several members of his friends and family. John could only speak in a whisper but he did say that he thought the award was really to all the supporters of TWOAT who had helped the charity make a difference in many people’s lives.”
John’s Thanksgiving Service
John Bradbury Allinson MBE – 24.9.34 – 12.2.18
The Thanksgiving Service for John Allinson was held at The Church of the Good Shepherd on February 28th and conducted by Rev Sharon Blain who had known John since 1975 when he, his wife Deb and his family had moved to Tadworth and he became a church member. A Tribute to him was lovingly and amusingly presented by his daughter Sarah and son Richard who held up various items representing things which had been important to their father through his life. First was a hat, one of a large number of favourite titfers for all occasions; then a mirror in which we could see his love for all of us, his friends and family; his time in the Air Force doing National Service and then in the TA teaching Air Cadets to fly was denoted by a model aeroplane; other items were a ‘Pink Panther’ video, and of course his favourite book, the Bible, quoting Corinthians 13 “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not boast, it is not proud.” They summed up their beloved father with the final sentence “Yours was a life well lived.” Rev Blain in her address mentioned that John had been a founder member of Tadworth and Walton Overseas Aid Trust and this charity was very dear to his heart, having devoted many hours to organising fundraising events. He had been a Lay Reader, supporting many people to faith, and those sending condolences had remembered him as a kind, gentle, patient man, devoted to his family, including his three recently born grandchildren, and always putting others first.
John and TWOAT
In October 1982 John Allinson was one of the original founders of Tadworth and Walton Overseas Aid Trust (TWOAT) and became its first chairman. He served continuously on its committee since then and during this time the Trust raised over £400,000 to help improve thousands of lives in some of the poorest communities in the world. The Trust typically chooses projects to fund which have some local contact in this part of Surrey so that supporters can be sure that aid monies which they have provided are being spent well. During his time on the committee John identified a significant number of the projects that TWOAT subsequently selected for support. He maintained personal contact with them thereafter providing wise counsel as well as a communication link to TWOAT. He was also a most energetic fund raiser especially via the many sponsored walks that he designed and led over the last ten years. TWOAT plans to continue to organise annual sponsored walks which will in future be called John Allinson Memorial Walks to acknowledge the tremendous contribution he made to the charity. John was awarded an MBE in last year’s Birthday Honours’ list as a direct recognition of his work for good causes in general and TWOAT in particular. He will be greatly missed by all those connected with TWOAT.
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John Allinson – first Chairman and one of the original founders of TWOAT.
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Our Christmas appeal raised over £2,000 so we have been able to tell the nursery school we support in Madagascar that they can provide free school lunches to all the 32 children for a year. We can also fund one free school lunch per week for a year to the 152 children of refugees from Myanmar that we support in Thailand.
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The Myanmar Refugee school that we support in Thailand
The Mothers’ Union school we support in Madagascar
The choir from Walton Primary School sang beautifully at the Sing Carols event organised for us by Christchurch. Including the Gift Aid, which we will claim, over £180 was raised for our Christmas Appeal. This is sufficient to fund lunches for 2 classes of thirty children (i.e. one class at each of the two schools) for a whole month. The objective for our appeal is to be able to do this for a whole academic year so we are making good progress towards our target – an excellent result thanks to the children and the generosity of those attending.
for other news of recent TWOAT events go here
TWOAT is pleased to have helped facilitate 20 woollen blankets, baby clothes and teddy bears knitted by the Church of the Good Shepherd Mothers’ Union Knit & Rip group to be taken to the orphanage TWOAT supports at Berega in Tanzania.
Margaret Fox Branch Leader Good Shepherd Mother’s Union passing blankets etc to Gary Mann Chair of Berega Hospital and Orphanage’s UK based charity BREAD to be taken to Tanzania.
Introduction to TWOAT
We are a small charity active in three villages in Surrey (Tadworth, Walton and Kingswood) that provides support to a number of overseas aid projects that have some direct connection to this locality. Typically this might mean that someone, who has friends or relatives in Tadworth and is now working in the developing world, identifies opportunities for us to fund improvements to the lives of some of the poorest people on the planet.
We find that relatively small sums of money can make a huge difference:
- By providing under £1000 we helped a community of some 6,000 people in Africa to gain access to clean water.
- For £750 per year we pay for about 1,000 children in Kenya to be treated for Jigger Flea infestation – a painful and life threatening parasite that enters walkers’ bare feet
- We pay the £1,300 annual salary for a village school teacher in Nepal, one of the poorest nations on earth.
You can see details of all the projects we currently support in the ‘Current Projects’ page.
The sums of money provided by TWOAT are of course tiny in comparison to the large charities, but you can be sure that any money you donate to us will go to the overseas projects that we support with no deduction for any costs of administering TWOAT and with a clear idea of how the money will be spent.
For forthcoming TWOAT events visit our dates page here.
The text below gives details of a major project that raised funds to rebuild the school we have supported in Nepal
For reports of other recent events visit here.
For brief updates on all our projects visit here.
For details of our committee members see here.
These reports followed the progress of our help to the Nepalease school
NEPAL – The school and village we support in Nepal has suffered major damage from the second quake. Most of the school is unsafe and many villagers had to sleep in the open until our money paid for tents.
UPDATE August 2016 We heard on August 22 that the school rebuilding is complete and all 5 classrooms can now be used.
For the latest email Aug 22 go here.
UPDATE May 2016 rebuilding work has finally started on the school as the villagers had been first working on repairing homes.
UPDATE March 2016 We have had more emails from our contact Sherpa Rudra and we have added extracts from those to our Report from Nepal Post. He has told us about having to delay rebuilding the school whilst villagers repair their damaged homes first, he also decsribed additional problems caused by monsoon rains and mudslides and that the village is not getting any help from the government or other aid bodies. The scale of the disaster is so huge in Nepal that small communities like Kerung are having to cope on their own at the moment.
Our Annual Meeting included a presentation from Committee Member Dick Shelley describing how he met our contact in Nepal, Sherpa Rudra, whilst on a trekking holiday in the Himalayas.
Committee Member Dick Shelley & Sherpa Rudra
He went on to describe the devastation caused by the earthquake and how our funds were helping villagers with shelter and food and how grateful they were to people whom they had never met.
Dick Shelley speaking at our Annual Meeting in 2015
The funds donated at that Annual Meeting were over £1600 and this has brought the total funds raised for Nepal to over £10,000 so many thanks to all those that have donated.
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He has used some of the money we sent to buy extra shelter for villagers who cannot use their homes and food for those whose stocks were destroyed. However, the Monsoon season is starting to have an impact with wind and rain making the mountains more dangerous following the quake.
The good news is that part of the school building has been judged safe to use and some lessons and school activity has resumed . Having the children in school will help the parents whilst they undertake the massive task of dealing with other dangerous structures and homes in the village.
We have sent another £1,300 from funds donated to replace the teacher’s salary which we diverted to provide some immediate help.
Since November last year we have sent over £10,000 to fund the start of the rebuilding project.
Much more will be needed to rebuild the school. If you want to help as well, you can donate either directly with a cheque to our Treasurer, John Tedder, at 103 Shelvers Way, Tadworth, KT20 5QQ or via our VirginMoneyGiving site here.