Most Recent Events

Recent News

I am delighted to tell you that both the BBQ organised for us by Roger Ponsford and his friends in September and our Annual Social Meeting (ASM) in October were great successes with the money generated for our projects being nearly £500 by the BBQ and around  £1300 by the ASM.

I was very pleased to announce at the ASM that Shirley Gladman has accepted an invitation to join our committee.  Shirley is a resident of Walton and has a lot of experience in local authority administration.  She had recently made a proposal to our committee about a school she thought we might support in Ethiopia which we were happy to accept.

Two speakers at the ASM, who were from projects supported by TWOAT, explained how some individual’s lives had been transformed by these projects.  A health worker funded by TWOAT in Papua had trained other individuals who were now improving health across communities numbering literally tens of thousands of people.  A Trade School supported by TWOAT in Tanzania had regularly taken in destitute orphans and given them genuinely life changing opportunities to develop skills in areas such as computing.

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Members of the TWOAT Committee including Shirley Gladman with ASM speaker Naomi Sosa and her father Peter Trenier

We are very grateful to Roger Ponsford and the team of helpers who staged a Barbecue in aid of TWOAT in Roger’s garden in Walton.  .  Around 40 people attended and many compliments were paid to Marilyn and Duncan Reid concerning the excellence of the lamb steaks which had been barbecued by Duncan marinated in a special sauce created by Marilyn.  The bar organised by Alan Corrigal and the raffle, which included a painting donated by Roger Ponsford, both contributed handsomely to the £469 which was raised.

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Roger Ponsford and the painting he donated to the raffle

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Alan Corrigal manning the bar

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Marilyn Reid in the apron who was responsible for the delicious BBQ sauce

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The hot weather on August 5th encouraged visitors to buy teas, cakes and refreshing drinks provided by us raising well over £250 when  Keith and Elizabeth Lewis’ lovely garden at 41 Shelvers Way, Tadworth was opened as part of the National Garden Scheme

The total of participants in the two walks June 8th and May 26 was around 60 and £2 – £3,000 will have been raised when Gift Aid is included.

Over 40 people took part in the first John Allinson Memorial walk on Saturday May 26.

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Walk organiser Dick Shelley indicating the route to be taken from the starting point at The Chequers in Walton.

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Walk organisers Dick Shelley and Adrienne Elliott at a stop by an interestingly carved bench in the Centenary Woodland commemorating the fallen in WW1

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The bench carved from one piece of wood shows examples from trench life as well as woodland creatures.

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The walk split into fast and slow groups – the fast group is spotted in the distance.

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The Woodland Trust are sowing meadow flowers as well as trees.

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Local historian, Jean Clew talking to the walkers about the history of Walton.

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Tea and cake were available at the Headley Tea Room and Village Hall Stores

TWOAT raised around £250 from the Bottle Stall we ran at the Walton May Fayre on May 19th.  Many thanks to those who tried their luck and to those who donated bottles.  We have a dozen or so  bottles left for future raffles etc so our projects will eventually benefit by over £300.

TWOAT raised about £278 selling teas in Keith Lewis’ garden on April 22nd when it was opened as part of the NGS scheme. Thanks go to Keith Lewis and to all those that participated or donated at these events.

The joint St George’s event with St Cecilia Chorus raised £1,000 with £700 for TWOAT and £300 for St Cecilia Chorus who shared ticket sale receipts.

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St George’s Evening with St Cecilia Chorus

TWOAT is very pleased to report that their Street Collection raised £533 on April 13/14.  Many thanks go to those in Tadworth,  Walton & Kingswood who gave money to our collectors and to the collectors who stood for us.

 

 

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We are very grateful to Roger Ponsford and the team of helpers who staged a Barbecue in aid of TWOAT in Roger’s garden in Walton.  .  Around 40 people attended and many compliments were paid to Marilyn and Duncan Reid concerning the excellence of the lamb steaks which had been barbecued by Duncan marinated in a special sauce created by Marilyn.  The bar organised by Alan Corrigal and the raffle, which included a painting donated by Roger Ponsford, both contributed handsomely to the £469 which was raised.

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Roger Ponsford and the painting he donated

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Alan Corrigal manning the bar

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Marliyn wearing an apron who was responsible for the delicious sauce.

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We are delighted to tell you that our Street Collection raised £533 and our joint St George’s event with St Cecilia Chorus raised £700 for us and £300 for them – many thanks to all those that participated or donated.   We also raised about £278 selling teas in Keith Lewis’ garden when it was opened as part of the NGS scheme.

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Our St George’s Event in the Good shepherd Hall

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Primrose Drake in blue and Sophie Shore in red singing the Flower Duet from Lakme during the St George’s Evening jointly staged in the Good Shepherd Hall by Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust and St Cecilia Chorus.

Our Christmas Appeal has enabled us to fund lunches every day for the 30 children at the Nursery School we support in Madagascar and one lunch per week for all 150 children in the school we support for refugees from Myanmar (Burma), in both cases we have provided the funding for the next 12 months.   We would like to be able to continue this lunch support beyond 12 months for both schools and to increase the number of lunches per week for the 150 Burmese children as they have no other funding to provide lunches.  It costs about £40 to provide lunch every day for one child through an academic year so please consider setting up a Standing Order to pay for one or more children’s lunches.

We received a very generous donation from a company called Five Bees Ltd who are based in Dorset.   A contact in Tadworth had told them about us. Our grateful thanks go to them.

Our Quiz Evening in January raised over £450 – many thanks to those that participated and those that helped organise it.

Our Christmas Appeal raised over £2,000 so we have been able to offer to fund for a year the provision of free lunches at two of the school’s we support – one in Madagascar and one for children of refugees from Myanmar.

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.

Thanks to the generosity of those attending our Annual Social Meeting we raised nearly £1200 in donations and raffle receipts.  Our guest speaker Andrew Pemberton from the HELWEL Trust described one of the initiatives they support in Kwa-Zulu as being the establishment and stocking of libraries with educational toys to be borrowed by younger children in some of the very poor rural communities.  We asked him to supply us with more details of these and we might use some of the money raised to support this activity.

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust was very grateful to Roger Ponsford for organising a BBQ in his Walton garden to raise funds on its behalf during  Sunday 10th September.  It had been intended to be a Lamb Spit Roast but, in view of the forecast for unsettled weather, Roger very sensibly changed the plan so conventional barbecues could be used instead to cook lamb chops and sausages.   It did rain heavily at times during the morning of the 10th and that would have created problems as a Spit would need to have been roasting from 8am onwards.  As it was the heavy rain held off during the afternoon until the food had been eaten and raffle drawn so it was only those clearing up afterwards that got wet!  It was, however, very much worth it as TWOAT funds had benefitted by more than £700.

BBQ Attendees (click pictures to enlarge)

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Roger Ponsford, in the centre in shorts, welcoming participants at the BBQ he organised in aid of TWOAT, whilst Duncan Reid tends the BBQ and Mike Fox looks after the bar.

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TWOAT is also delighted 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.

We raised over £318  selling Teas in the garden of Keith & Elizabeth Lewis at 41 Shelvers Way when it was opened as part of the National Garden Scheme on August 6th which was a record for us and followed our raising £280 at the same venue on  April 23.  Many thanks to Keith & Elizabeth.

For details and pictures of our two Sponsored Walks in May see here.

Our Auction of Promises on April 22nd  raised over £3,000 – for a list of the businesses and supporters who contributed visit here and to St John’s Church for the use of their hall.

We will be able to send an extra £500 to the projects we support as a result of the Quiz Evening we held in Christchurch Hall use of which was kindly given to us free of charge by the Elders of the Church.

We raised over £1200 in donations, which will increase to more than  £1500  with Gift Aid, at our Annual Social Meeting.  We heard talks from Liz Noble of the Rush Project about how our support is helping to combat the Jigger Flea parasite and from Michael Agius about the school we support in Tanzania.

Pictured below Michael Agius speaking at our ASM with Liz Noble listening intently.

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We raised over £200 when Sue & Tim Edwards kindly opened their garden for us. Pictured below the raffle in progress.

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We raised £160 during our Teas & Talks event in St John’s Hall on Aug 24th and made some new contacts for TWOAT.

We raised over £230 selling Teas, cakes, ice cream and jars of Mary Heath’s marmalade when Keith & Elizabeth Lewis opened their garden to the public for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme.  Many thanks to them for the opportunity.

Our second Sponsored Walk attracted 29 people bringing total participation across the two walks to in excess of 40.  We are hoping to raise around £2,000 once all the sponsorship money has been collected.

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Picture taken by walk organiser John Allinson.

Our stall at the Walton May Fayre & Pageant raised just over £200 – many thanks to those who donated bottle. The result was a bit down on last year as the weather did turn fairly dismal but we have some bottles left for future fund raising.  We shared a gazebo with TWRA but at various times it needed two people to hold onto it and prevent it blowing away!  The pictures show John Allinson and Gillian Hein of TWRA doing this!

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May Fayre Gusty

 

Ist 2016 Sponsored Walk featuring Digby the Labradoodle.

TWOAT Walkers plus Digby the dog

 

 

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust’s big event this Spring was a St George’s Day Celebration on Saturday April 23rd.  This was staged in the Good Shepherd Hall in conjunction with members from St Cecilia’s Chorus who led the singing of some well-known British songs whilst attendees also enjoyed Bangers & Mash and Fruit Crumbles.  It was a great success with over 80 attending.  The evening generated around £900 for TWOAT projects and £300 for St Cecilia Chorus.

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

Margaret Fitch TWOAT Collecting April 2016

Our Quiz Evening in January raised over £500.  We are very grateful to the Elders of Christchurch URC who allowed us to use their hall without charge.

Over 90 people purchased tickets for our Ladies Fashion Show in the Riddell Hall on Monday 5th October.  This was organised for us by Travelling Trends and resulted in takings of over £1,000. Many thanks to all those that attended and those that helped organise and sell tickets.

The Spit Roast event kindly hosted and organised for us by Roger Ponsford raised over £500 for our projects.  Many thanks to Roger and his team.

Sue & Tim Edwards Open Garden on Saturday 19th Sept raised over £200 for us.  This proved to be an excellent new event for us – many thanks to Sue & Tim seen here handing over the collection to me in their Knot Garden. Click on the picture for a larger image.

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To see news from all our projects visit here.

2017 Sponsored Walks

2017 SPONSORED WALKS

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust’s two sponsored walks in May attracted the largest ever participation with 46 walkers taking part across the two events and raising of the order of £2,000.

On May 19th

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and on May 27th when  Digby the Labradoodle also participated.

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The walkers traversed the Downs from Epsom Race Course to the Sportsman in Mogador via Headley returning via Walton-on-the-Hill.  The walk was enlivened with anecdotes from local historian, Jean Clew. The record turnout was a fitting tribute to the long term organiser, John Allinson, who had announced his plan to retire from this role having achieved his 80th birthday some time ago.

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Fortunately two of his able deputies will be taking over organisation of next year’s event.   The final amount raised in sponsorship will not be known for some weeks but Digby the Labradoodle has a Virgin Money  Giving page that has already raised over £180 and the current running total is around £1500.  This will go to the development projects the charity supports including schools in impoverished communities in Africa, Asia and South America

To sponsor participants online with paypal or a credit card you can visit our VirginMoneyGiving event page by clicking here

2017 News from a Selection of our Projects

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust

Registered Charity No 286076  

For those of you concerned about the school TWOAT supports in Sierra Leone, the mud slide was in a different area of the city although “our school” has had some damage from the rainfall.

I have been in touch with our contact Ruth and she will let us know what is happening with respect to repairs etc.  In the meanwhile you can follow their progress via their Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/swatscharity/

SAN ANDRES HOME, CHOSICA, PERU

The Home for orphans and abandoned children suffered some damage to the roof and childrens’ bedding as a result of torrential rains in the Spring which affected the town of Chosica very badly.    The Home was also cut off from normal communications which meant that funds usually received from the UK were not forthcoming. This required Betty Attwell, who runs the Home, to obtain bank loans to keep the Home going.    We have asked for details of the damage costs and the interest payable on the loans to see if we can help with these.  In the meantime we sent our usual annual donation of £900 in February.

You can see a video showing the floods in Lima (but not our orphanage) here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMKdVJofJbM

COMUS, EL SALVADOR

Our support of COMUS has finished because they are now being funded by a Canadian charity.   Through our ‘link’ man in Salvador, Jamie Coutts, who formerly worked for COMUS, we have been given details of a secondary school project which is endeavouring to educate pupils on the value of compost and its creation. We sent £500 to Jamie for the Project in February.   We expect to have a report from Jamie in due course on how the project is going.

Here is a report of a meeting with Jamie

Meeting with Jamie Coutts on 25th September 2017

Present: John Allinson, Adrienne Elliott, Arely Rodriguez Coutts, Jamie Coutts

TWOAT’S funding now supports a project at the El Sauce State School in Sonsonate, Salvador. (sponsored by the Canadian Charity (www.rainbowofhopeforchildren.ca/project ).      The project was set up by Brenda Carpio in 2004 and Jamie has been employed since 2010  It is called the “ El Sauce Mini Farm”   This has worked in 3 other establishments in Sonsonate since this time and is now working with the primary and secondary schools as well.

The project is based on creating an  organic produce-only i.e kitchen garden with  compost and  Bio ferments (liquid fertilisers) and making all the types of fertilisers and fungicides and insecticides in house. It then demonstrates its value by growing vegetables for the School kitchen ( the State provides only a limited amount of basic food, the School then having to provide the rest, as well as paying the cooks ) as well as for local markets and children’s parents.

The Project has been most successful. Our funding helps towards a salary for Francisco who looks after the vegetable plots in conjunction with the composting project.     School children aged 7-17 work in the garden.

The success of the garden  project has expanded into the local community and some produce is sold locally at a fair price. There are 18 crops in production without any use of chemicals.

A major focus is to educate the children, who are mostly urban, in growing crops. The children make the compost and dig it in ( double digging to improve the soil ), sow the plants and harvest the crops. The education of the children has been significant. As local gardens are small, Francisco is also encouraging the use of hanging gardens in them constructed from Coca Cola bottles to grow herbs and vegetables.

Jamie told us how the word spreads and the community now helps in the making of the compost. He has provided a breakdown of the quantity of the produce of the “Mini Farm” from 210 to date

El Sauce Mini Farm is now providing teaching to other schools and local people on composting and growing vegetables. Knowledge is spreading throughout the community.

“El Hobo”, a local cooperative, provides manure free to the “Mini Farm”.

Brenda Carpio Brooks is the local co-ordinator of Rainbow of Hope in El Salvador which receives sponsorship of the project from Canada.

Brenda is the contact with Mrs Clara Qualizza and Mr Don Shaeren  who started the garden project in 2004,  In 2014 help came from McCains of Canada ( a soil renovation and land regeneration business arising from the oil industry ) which has been donating $US35.000 pa to the Charity through Canadian Tax relief.

The current slump in oil has meant that from June this year McCains cannot continue to fund the school. As a result, TWOAT may be asked to help more towards Francisco’s salary. At present, he receives $325 a month from the Rainbow Trust but funding towards his salary will stop in December.

There are 1568 pupils in school – half attend in the morning and half in the afternoon. The school was originally built with German funding.   A PTA oversees the running of the school.

Mrs Clara Qualizza has now approached the Alberta Provincial government for funding and her request has been co written by Brenda Brooks with help from the technical team from the school.

John suggested that funding from TWOAT can be split between a salary increase for Francisco and any other compost project costs.      Jamie will keep us posted as to how funding could best be used.

ST JOHN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, GAMBIA

The School has had major problems with the ‘ageing’ buses it uses to bring pupils to School.  The vast majority of pupils have to be brought in by bus because otherwise they would simply not be able to reach the School.  Ideally the School needs new or good condition second hand buses, a very costly exercise!     As last year, we sent £1000 in February towards the expense of operating the buses but this can only go so far in meeting the transport costs.   Other needs have been considered by us but we don’t feel able to meet them.

THE ‘HELWEL’ TRUST, Kwa Zulu, Natal, SOUTH AFRICA

The development programme for Practitioners who provide Training and Resources in Early Education (TREE) for young children in Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa continues and we support it with £900 per year. We will be having a representative from the charity speaking at our Annual Social Meeting in October.

THE ‘KAKAMEGA PROJECT’ (RUSH), KENYA

Elizabeth Noble, a former school teacher in Reigate, and her friend Joan, continue to be very active in helping the village of Kakamega and the area around it.    Elizabeth gave us a very good update on the project at last year’s AGM.   From the donations given at the meeting, together with our usual annual donation, we sent the Project £1500 in January to be used for another “Jigger” flea medical camp and other needs as determined by Elizabeth and Joan.

THE SEURR SANG’IDA REHABILITATION TRUST, SOUTH WEST KENYA

The Trust aims to rehabilitate children who are suffering from disabilities of various kinds in the area around the village of Entasopia, about 50 km SW of Nairobi.    This year the Trust has been improving the accommodation at its school in the village and we sent a donation of £750 in June towards this.

THE PASTOR’S SCHOOL, SIERRA LEONE

We are continuing to support the teachers’ salaries and are receiving feedback through the web site WWW.SWATS.CO.UK which is the fund raising UK operation and the charity’s Facebook page.  Whilst the school itself was fortunately not directly impacted by the disastrous recent mud-slide, some relatives of teachers and children were not so lucky.  The school has suffered damage to its roof from the heavy rain and we are waiting to hear from the project what extra help might be needed.

RAINBOW AFRICA, ZAMBIA

The Rainbow Africa Operations’ centre is based in Livingstone, Zambia close to the beautiful Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River.  The King’s Primary School on this site currently provides high quality education for over 400 children in 9 grades of 2-form entry and has been running for 15 years. The school, is consistently achieving some of the highest results in the Southern province, and so it comes as no surprise that there is great demand for places. TWOAT is sponsoring 2 girls, Zangi and Blessing, who attend the school. As well as an education they get a meal a day and health care.  We receive regular reports on the children’s progress

CHRISTIAN MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL, LUDHIANA, INDIA

CMC is one of the top medical colleges in India.  Patients who can afford it are able to access a wide range of specialities.  But the very poor soon find that the bill for investigation and treatment is far beyond their means. The doctors can then apply for help to their Good Samaritan Fund, to which TWOAT contributes £500 a year.

CALCUTTA CATHEDRAL RELIEF SERVICE

As in many of the poorer parts of the world, knowledge and self-confidence help people to use the services that are available in their country.  CRS works with women in some of the slums of Kolkata.  Courses in tailoring, and in beautician training, include business management so that women can set up their own small business with confidence.  Health sessions include safe sanitation, spotting signs of TB or breast cancer, children’s immunizations, etc., as well as how to access government services when needed.  TWOAT sends £1000 a year to CRS towards this work.

ST.LUKE’S HOSPITAL, HIRANPUR, INDIA

Much has been accomplished in the last year in bringing this old hospital back to life.  Drs. Shubhro and Elisabeth Mullick (both of whom have worked at CMC Ludhiana) are still only able to do out-patient work, because of lack of permanent staffing.  However, an eye team from Malda Medical College has offered to come and hold ‘eye camps’ about twice a month.  The surgeons will bring their own instruments and do examinations and operations, with OPD follow-up by their technicians.  This work cannot start until suitable rooms have been repaired and re-roofed, and TWOAT has sent £1000 for this work.  The roof is now water-tight so work can be done on the inside of the buildings.

PAPUA PARTNERS, WEST PAPUA

For the last 7 years via Papua Partners TWOAT has been paying the salary of Yepina Matuan.  She started her career as a midwife but is now responsible for a wide range of health programmes in Yasumat, a locally established charity whose name stands for Social Foundation for Isolated Peoples.  The Papua Partners project is run by a couple, one of whose family home was in Westcott Surrey.  In addition to healthcare and education the project is heavily involved in developing social cohesion amongst peoples who have only recently moved on from Stone Age technology.  You can read more about their work on their web site

www.papuapartners.org

AMBONDROMIFEHY WATER & NURSERY SCHOOL PROJECT, MADAGASCAR

Ambondromifehy is a small village whose adults mostly work in a nearby sapphire mine in the north of Madagascar. In 2010 TWOAT helped the local Mothers’ Union to establish a small nursery school. The community continued to press for the school to take on more children and extend education into later years.  TWOAT increased its annual support to £1,500 to help this to happen.  However, as described in the opening section of this newsletter, a disaster at the local mine has put the school’s continuing existence in its present form in doubt.  We are waiting for further news of the mine’s likely future so that we can review with our MU contact how best to preserve some educational capability in the village.

NEPALESE SCHOOL TEACHER, KERUNG, NEPAL (in the foothills of Mt Everest)

Our Nepalese school suffered another setback this year when the central government told them that previously promised money to replace TWOAT funding of an extra year group teacher could not be provided as national earthquake costs had consumed all their spare resources.  The extra teacher saves a whole class of 11 year olds from having to trek several miles every day through the mountains to the nearest secondary school. Providentially a trust administered by a Tadworth family has very generously provided us with a donation of £2,000 which will fund the additional teacher for at least another year by which time the Nepalese government might be in a better position to take on this responsibility.

BREAD, BEREGA, TANZANIA

The Government of Tanzania has recently failed to send the wages for Berega Hospital staffThey have said this situation will be rectified but the money is still awaited and the UK Charity BREAD which helps the hospital has only limited resources to cover this shortfall.  We have asked them to keep us in touch with the situation – our own ability to help is not great but we continue to send £500 per year.

MTANDIKA TRADE SCHOOL, TANZANIA

We regularly send £750 pa to help with running costs that include providing a sewing machine for each graduate to give them a start in life.  The school, run by nuns, previously focused on education for girls but a new government policy requiring co-education has resulted in their expanding their teaching so that in future boys can learn electrical engineering and building construction.  In future we will send additional funds to help the school achieve this.

PROJECT TO SUPPORT BURMESE REFUGEES EMMANUEL SCHOOL

This school with 192 children and 7 teachers is located in Thailand near the border with Myanmar. The children are those of Karen refugees who have been displaced from Myanmar as a result of a continuous conflict with the Myanmar central Government that dates back to WW2 when the Karen were allies of the British fighting both the Japanese and the then central Government of Burma.  The organisation we work through is called H4FA which means Help for Forgotten Allies.  They fund the school which costs £7,500 per year, as well as giving small stipends to those pensioners who fought with British forces in WW2.   We currently provide £500 per year which is about the cost of one of the teachers.  Unfortunately the situation of the refugees has not improved despite the new regime in Myanmar and if anything is even more uncertain as the Thai Government would prefer the camps to be removed.

OTHER PROJECTS

This year we made a small contribution to a school party from Sussex visiting and working at a school in Moldova.  We provided £55 towards the cost of a children’s summer camp in Albania via Light Force International. We have continued to send tools (electric or hand) for renovation and despatch to poor countries – please contact John Allinson if you have any such tools.  The majority of our projects now entail some degree of ongoing commitment of financial support into future years as this helps the project leaders to plan ahead. The current commitment list into 2018 has identified expenditure of nearly £20,000 but as mentioned previously we may have to adjust this upwards if the pound’s exchange rate falls.

In order to plan for these future commitments it greatly assists us if regular donations are provided by means of Standing Orders – forms for this can be obtained from John Tedder. It also helps us if we can communicate with supporters via email. If you now have access to an email address, please let us know via the chairman’s email below.

Finally we are always interested in welcoming new people onto our committee especially if you live in Walton or Kingswood as our current committee is rather centred on Tadworth.

The TWOAT Committee

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Committee Mar 2018

We are delighted to announce that Antony Hawker has accepted an invitation to join us. Antony and his family live in Kingswood and all play prominent roles at the Church of the Good Shepherd where Antony himself is a Churchwarden.  Unlike most of the committee Antony is still involved in the world of work and so regrets that he will not always be able to attend TWOAT events but he has already started to contribute a new perspective at committee meetings and we are very pleased to have him.

2017 Sponsored Walks

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust’s two sponsored walks in May attracted the largest ever participation with 46 walkers taking part across the two events and raising of the order of £2,000.

On May 19th

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and on May 27th when  Digby the Labradoodle also participated.

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The walkers traversed the Downs from Epsom Race Course to the Sportsman in Mogador via Headley returning via Walton-on-the-Hill.  The walk was enlivened with anecdotes from local historian, Jean Clew. The record turnout was a fitting tribute to the long term organiser, John Allinson, who had announced his plan to retire from this role having achieved his 80th birthday some time ago.

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Fortunately two of his able deputies will be taking over organisation of next year’s event.   The final amount raised in sponsorship will not be known for some weeks but Digby the Labradoodle has a Virgin Money  Giving page that has already raised over £180 and the current running total is around £1500.  This will go to the development projects the charity supports including schools in impoverished communities in Africa, Asia and South America

To sponsor participants online with paypal or a credit card you can visit our VirginMoneyGiving event page by clicking here

Unfortunately there were some technical difficulties with adding photos and text to walk leader John Allinson’s donation page so you can see some pictures from previous years below – click on them for an enlarged image:

John & his walkers taking a brief rest on Farthing Down in May 2015

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Walk on May 28th 2016

TWOAT Walkers May 2016

The second Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust Sponsored walk of 2016  attracted 29 participants bringing the total involvement to over forty in their two walks from Box Hill to Polesden Lacy and back.  Digby the Australian Labradoodle, participating for the second time, boosted his total miles covered to well in excess of twenty and raised his sponsorship earnings to over £250.  However, in one of the occasional excursions he was permitted off the leash, he rather disgraced himself by rolling vigorously in a recent cowpat and trailing more than a whiff of the countryside in his wake thereafter!  The organisers are hoping that the total funds raised through Digby’s and other walkers’ sponsors will be of the order of £2,000.

Walk on May 20th 2016

TWOAT Walkers plus Digby the dog

The first 2016 Walk took place on Friday May 20.  Twelve walkers plus Digby, the dog, assembled in Box Hill car park at 9.30am ready for their trek over to Polesden Lacy via Denbies, the largest Vineyard in Britain, and back up Box Hill again via the Stepping Stones pub.   Some of the walkers, who had other engagements that day, took advantage of lifts back to Box Hill from the three intermediate stopping points.  However, Digby, who is an Australian Labradoodle, was determined to go the whole ten miles – in fact he probably did considerably more than that as there were lots of trees to investigate on the route!  He has his own sponsorship page on VirginMoneyGiving and has already raised over £200 for TWOAT.

2015 Walk Report

Our 2015 Sponsored Walks attracted a record 43 participants.  Many thanks go to the organiser John Allinson; his two walking helpers Bob Gunn and Dick Shelley; historian Jean Clew; lift provider Mary Heath and John’s wife Deb who greeted the walkers at the 3/4 way point on Farthing Down with a selection of drinks and biscuits.

The Walk proved most interesting starting in Chipstead and including visits to the ancient Saxon Church at Chaldon and Kenley Aerodrome where John identified significant sites and  gave details of its role in the Battle of Britain.

It is not too late to retrospectively sponsor walkers who participated in the rather hilly 9.5 mile challenge which traversed Happy Valley twice .

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TWOAT Walkers Saturday May 30th
TWOAT Walkers Saturday May 30th
Walkers admiring ancient mural in Chaldon Church depicting heaven and hell
Walkers admiring ancient mural in Chaldon Church depicting heaven and hell
John Allinson describing Kenley's role in the Battle of Britain
John Allinson describing Kenley’s role in the Battle of Britain
John Allinson, Trustee Vanessa Bowtell and other walkers on Farthing Down
John Allinson, Trustee Vanessa Bowtell and other walkers on Farthing Down

Sponsored Walk

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust is organising the same Ten Mile Sponsored Walk on two occasions in May on Friday 19 and Saturday 27.  The start will be at 9.15 from the “Lunch Box” kiosk near the “Beefeater” pub overlooking Tattenham Corner on the Derby racecourse (post code KT18 5PP).   The walk will go across the racecourse, past Langley Vale and continue to Headley passing the new plantation of trees which will become a memorial to those who lost their lives in the 1914-18 war.  At Headley there will be a stop for refreshments at the “Village Stores and Tea Room”.  Then the route will go past Headley Heath, and across the Walton Heath Golf Club course, to the “Sportsman” pub on the outskirts of Lower Kingswood with a stop for lunch.    After lunch the route will follow the line of the “Coal Tax” posts back to Walton with a stop for refreshments at the Grey Dove” then across the Downs back to the racecourse and the “Lunch Box” kiosk.    Along the walk a local historian will give the history of the area. Lifts back to the start will be available from each of the three stopping point.   If you are interested in participating or sponsoring please contact John Allinson on 01737 213347

To sponsor participants online with paypal or a credit card you can visit our VirginMoneyGiving event page by clicking here

Unfortunately there were some technical difficulties with adding photos and text to walk leader John Allinson’s donation page so you can see some pictures from previous years here:

Walk on May 28th 2016

TWOAT Walkers May 2016

Walk on May 20th 2016

TWOAT Walkers plus Digby the dog

 

2015 Walk Report

Our 2015 Sponsored Walks attracted a record 43 participants.  Many thanks go to the organiser John Allinson; his two walking helpers Bob Gunn and Dick Shelley; historian Jean Clew; lift provider Mary Heath and John’s wife Deb who greeted the walkers at the 3/4 way point on Farthing Down with a selection of drinks and biscuits.

The Walk proved most interesting starting in Chipstead and including visits to the ancient Saxon Church at Chaldon and Kenley Aerodrome where John identified significant sites and  gave details of its role in the Battle of Britain.

It is not too late to retrospectively sponsor walkers who participated in the rather hilly 9.5 mile challenge which traversed Happy Valley twice .

You can find our event  sponsorship page by clicking here: WALK EVENT PAGE

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

TWOAT Walkers Saturday May 30th
TWOAT Walkers Saturday May 30th
Walkers admiring ancient mural in Chaldon Church depicting heaven and hell
Walkers admiring ancient mural in Chaldon Church depicting heaven and hell
John Allinson describing Kenley's role in the Battle of Britain
John Allinson describing Kenley’s role in the Battle of Britain
John Allinson, Trustee Vanessa Bowtell and other walkers on Farthing Down
John Allinson, Trustee Vanessa Bowtell and other walkers on Farthing Down

News from our project in Nepal

To go to latest correspondence with Nepal go here

We had been relieved to hear that the village and school we support in Nepal had only slight damage from the initial earthquake but on Friday 15th May we received the grim news that the second quake had devastated the village and rendered the school buildings unsafe.  Modern communications are such that the local TWOAT contact in the village, Sherpa Rudra, managed to send an email  on Friday May 15th– this is an extract using his spelling: “We have had second one bigest earthquake. And by that earthquake it destroyed a lot of houses, school monastery and many more so and our school building also totally destroyed. It did not collapsed but it’s moved down like bend also some room’s wall fall down some room had big cracked.”  We told Rudra he could use the £1300 we had already sent, ready to pay for an additional teacher’s salary, in whatever way was needed to alleviate the village’s problems.  He sent a further email on Saturday 16th May giving extra details about the conditions: “….meanwhile according to your advice I will help some of my villagers with money that I have to use for second teacher which I have got from TWOAT. Though we don’t have temporary tents nowadays we are spending our worsful time in small tarpaulin we have been staying in tarpaulin since three weeks. The wheather is becoming bad day by day sometime too much windy and raining sometimes hevey raining because the monsoon season will be starts by June first week there are more possibilities to have big landslide hear in Kerung also so we are afraiding very much.”

This is the school how it was last year

Nepal School 2

 

This is a picture of some of the children who attend the school:

Nepal school 1

This picture was taken earlier this year showing building work in progress for the new classroom for which TWOAT would fund the teacher.

 

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This is a picture showing walls now broken and falling inwards.

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Further details from Sherpa Rudra sent Saturday May 16th :

My house also cracked In everypart of wall. its not in good condition what shall I do? There is no way to solutions for it.I do have electricity and water.yes indeed the government policeman and village development secretary arrived here at first time earthquake but each of
everyone is not getting enough help by the government.Most of the effected people are helpless. Our vegetables are maize are some safe for sometimes some peoples are injured and they have got some treatment from local medical but every hurt is broken,every eyes has tear this is very shockfull situations.
That’s all for now.
I will write to you again soon.

Sincerely yours
Rudra

Message from Rudra received Sat May 23rd after we told him we would set up an appeal for his village on our web site and in newspapers.

Thank you very much for your kindly helpful message. We are still suffering by the quake jolt everyday we all are staying in tarpaulin.every days the quake aftershocks so that we all are in bad situations.
By the way by some TWOAT money I manage some tarpaulin, blanket, and some food by that money it’s help a lot for us to relief for victims.

Thank you very much for your appeal also money from TWOAT .I know it help very very much if we get helping money then definitely we want built temporary shelters as well buy or necessary things there is no problem for transportation……yes indeed the government arrived but only very little relief helping things…..
Your sincerely
Rudra

Further message from Rudra Tuesday May 26th addressed to his contact on our committee Dick Shelley and Dick’s wife Rosaleen whom he met whilst acting as a guide for them on a trek in Nepal.  Namaste is a word of greeting.

Dear Dick,Rosaleen and all the members of TWOAT Namaste

Thank you very much for your unforgotable help. Its such a great great help.I know we know we never ever forget in our life it really feel us that you are giving new life for all the people who have effected by earthquack .
By those peoples they are sending to you all who put there hands together in bad situations.
Yes indeed, the quakes are calming down but still its not stopped. The seasons is falling in to the rainy season but in a day or night its coming very dangerous windy and rain. It’s also very much effected for the victims of earthquake peoples. It’s very hard to stay in tarpaulin .
Although I also need help for to buy shelter as well as food managed for my family . Because I have to manage as soon as early before began the monsoon.I hope you can help for this too.
Because it is going to be my challenging life.
About the school that is going to open after four days. The school building is unsafe only for four room because it has fall dawn the wall.
So we are not going to use these room besides this teacher are ok.
That’s all for now. Once again thank you very much for your help.

Your sincerely
Rudra.

We were concerned that our contact Rudra might not want to be responsible on his own for deciding who should be helped from the money we had sent.  Previously our funding was for specific purposes at the school such as paying a teacher’s wages.  We sent him an email asking about the village structure; whether it had a headman or committee of elders; and whether he would prefer us to suggest a priority order for those needing help? We also asked when the money we said he could divert from paying a teacher would be needed for the original purpose?  The following was his answer received on June 5th:

Dear Dick and Rosaleen as well as all the members of TWOAT many many Namaste from me rudra also by Kerung peoples.

Thank you very much for your nice email we are very very glad that you and TWOAT helped a lot for us we never forget your help  in our critical condition life. I know and we know that it was really difficult for to manage things in horrible conditions but we brought the things from the market by  money than we distribute all of them equal. We brought tarpaulin, blanket , rice ,oil, dal.  We have own village management committee.

Yes it is , it is really hard to do fair but by the community we made the rules with categories in the victims peoples than we distributed to them all. There is a leader in our community. Among of them I am a second leader.

Most of the important things that we had to manage tarpaulin. Otherwise each of everyone was staying outside the house. So that we did so on. There are more than one hundred  fifty five house hold in our village. Although we have more 155 adults and less than that children; among of six adults were injured. Nowadays they are getting better than last time. And eighty three houses family are living in open because there homes are unsafe.

As far as for the school I have to pay for second teacher as soon early so please if you provide soon than I could pay soon. Our school building is totally major damaged so we are under construction temporary building  for students. The children are attending at school but not lessons in class.  May be  by coming up next week the lessons will be run.

That’s all for now.

Your faithful

Rudra.

 We asked Rudra to give us some more details of the way he has spent the £2300 in emergency relief we sent to him and also whether he yet had any idea of the re-building cost for the school.

He replied on July 1st telling us that the mobile phone he uses to email us had a fault but it is now working again.

 He told us that he had purchased 150 tarpaulins/tents and these had cost about £13 each – the actual total was £1875.  The rest of the £2300 had gone on food and oil for families who had lost their stocks.

He told us that the new classroom they had added to the school at the beginning of the year cost about £10,000.  The school was probably about 4 times the size of this extension.  He told us the Monsoon has arrived.  Looking at the weather forecast for Kathmandu I see steady rain with lightning for the next 10 days!!  

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Monsoon and temporary tarpaulin shelters

He has most recently written to us concerning the problems caused by the Monsoon rains.  These have resulted in mudslides causing further damage to the village.  His own mother’s house has been affected by this.

We have sent another £1,300 from funds donated to replace the teacher’s salary which we diverted to provide some immediate help.

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Pupils using temporary classroom under tarpaulins

This is an extract from an email received from Rudra on Nov 13th.  We have added some italicized text to clarify what Rudra is saying.  For example we asked him to send us an account of how the re-building money we send has been spent about every 6 to 8 weeks and gave him a sample format.

Dear Dick and all members of TWOAT Namaste (greetings) from me Rudra as well as Kerung peoples.
Thank you very very much for your such a kindfull or helpfull message. All of our Kerung peoples are doing well except my mother. My mother is still doing so so….. that’s why I couldn’t write to you email before so far. (Rudra’s Mother’s house was damaged in a subsequent mudslide)
Thank you very much for raised money the rebuilding of our school. It is such unforgettable help.
I will fully responsible to keep careful account in my phone or computer. I will spend all money according to your suggestion which I will follow TWOAT instruction and sample (reporting format).
I will send you all the things which you need from us like photos and others.
As far as there is not any other organization that would like(ly) to help for us. This is only I know the government of Nepal which they should have to rebuilt our school but I heard that more than 23000 school has been fully damaged by earthquake our government does not have that much money to rebuild soon all these  schools.
How much money that we need which about approximately amount I wrote to you in my last email (£10 – 15,000). Definitely no doubt our villager will help to rebuild our school that they can help forever. Yes indeed it is really big contribution for Kerung children by Tadworth.
I have looked your photos which you have been doing presentation and participated
peoples. (We sent Rudra pictures of Dick talking about Nepal to our Annual Meeting)
I like it very much it’s such a kindly and Smiley face that I saw on your photos.

That’s all for now, once again thank you very much for all TWOAT.

Sincerely yours

Rudra.

Much more will be needed to rebuild the school – we have set an initial target of £10- !5,000.  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.

 

Dates for your diaries

 

The dates for TWOAT events this year are as follows:
Quiz Evening at Christchurch Hall, Walton, doors open at 7.15pm, Saturday March 2nd, admission £10 to include a light buffet.
Incredible India – 2 events both on Saturday March 30th in St John’s Hall giving an opportunity to hear about a project supported by TWOAT.  The first from 3pm to 5pm is Tiffin and is priced at £5 to include afternoon tea and the second, from 7.30pm,  A Taste of India, admission £10 (children £5) to include an array of delicious curries as well as some non-spicy fare.

Our Annual street Collection will take place on April 26th and 27th.

We will have our usual Bottle Stall at the Walton May Fayre on Saturday May 18th.

John Allinson Sponsored Memorial Walks – TWOAT’s two 10-mile sponsored walks will take place on Friday May 31st and Saturday June 8th and will be centred on Brockham.
Auction of Promises – our 2019 auction will take place during the evening of Saturday June 29th in St John’s Hall, Tadworth.  It will take a slightly different form as we have decided to combine our successful singing dinners staged with  St Cecilia’s Chorus with our auction.  Thus most “promises” will only be available for online or advanced bidding with about two dozen being auctioned in our traditional style during an evening that will include a dinner and a singalong with members from St Cecilia Chorus.
In addition we will be having our Annual Street Collection on dates to be confirmed in late April or early May and we will have our usual Bottle Stall at the Walton May Fayre on Saturday May 18th.
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