Introduction to Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust


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.
  • We pay the annual wage costs of £300 pa for an agricultural advisor improving crop yields in a remote area of Malawi
  • 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.

Sponsor Digby, the Labradoodle, in the 2016 walk here.

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TWT Flyer April 2016 back

For forthcoming TWOAT events visit our dates page here.

The text below gives details of our current major project to raise 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.

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.

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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.

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Dick Shelley speaking at our Annual Meeting

The funds donated at our 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.  However, about £5,000 more will be needed for the first phase of re-building the school so please keep the help coming if you can by donating here.

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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.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1002729&pageId=139558

Other News

Our big event this Spring was a St George’s Day Celebration on Saturday April 23rd.  We staged this in the Good Shepherd Hall in conjunction with members from St Cecilia’s Chorus who led us in singing some well-known British songs whilst we also enjoyed Bangers & Mash and Fruit Crumbles.  It was a great evening with over 80 attending.  We had bumper takings on the raffle with first prize a £60 meal for two kindly donated by The Chequers.  The evening generated around £900 for TWOAT projects and £300 for St Cecilia Chorus.

We  set a new record of £230 selling Tea & Cakes when Keith & Elizabeth Lewis opened their garden as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday April 17 – many thanks to them for giving us the opportunity to do this and to those providing the cakes etc.

TWOAT are delighted to tell you that our Street Collections in Tadworth, Walton and Kingswood also raised a record total of £649 despite some typically April showery weather.  Many thanks to all those that donated.

Our Quiz Show evening in January raised just over £500. Many thanks to the Elders of the United Reform Church in Walton who let us use their Hall free of charge.

Overall our Christmas Appeal raised in excess of £2,000 for which we are very grateful to our supporters.  Especially Walton Primary School who provided a choir to participate in our Sing Carols event which raised over £500 and the pubs in Walton who let our Street Carol Singers visit which helped raise a further £500.

Our auction of a tennis racquet signed by Boris Becker, donated to us by Jeff Temple, raised £100. Well done to Jeff and to Bob Gunn who organised the online auction.  This has shown that we can now raise money from donated items in between our 2-yearly Auction of Promises so please contact Mike Fox  (01737 350452) if you have something valuable that we might be able to sell.

Our Ladies Fashion Show generated over £1,000.

Sue & Tim Edwards opened their garden in aid of TWOAT and raised over £200 – well done Sue & Tim!

The Spit Roast kindly hosted for us by Roger Ponsford in Walton raised of the order of £500 for our projects – many thanks to Roger and his team.

Our Sponsored Walks were very well supported and raised more than £2,000 – many thanks to the walkers and the sponsors.

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust had a successful day at the Walton May Fayre and raised about £250 with our Bottle Stall.

Our Auction has been completed and we raised over £3500 thanks to the amazing generosity of our donors and bidders.  Please visit the Auction Results post to see the list of items donated, donors and winning bidders. 

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.
  • We pay the annual wage costs of £300 pa for an agricultural advisor improving crop yields in a remote area of Malawi
  • 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.

 

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