Overseas Projects

Andh Apangjan Vikas Mandal
Registered charity No E3929
Andh Apangjan Vikas Mandal in Kheda is a residential school for blind and disabled children in the village of Mogri, Gujerat. It was established in 1989 by the current headmaster, Mr Manubhai Patel who is also blind.
The school consisted of a 4-room rented block (kitchen, bedroom, office and washroom). At night the desks were taken out of the office to make space for sleeping. There were no classrooms and lessons had to be taken outside sitting on the ground under the shade of a tree. In very hot or monsoon weather teaching had to stop. The school has 28 children on full board but applications for 100 places each year.The families are not charged for fees and they rely entirely on donations. Food, milk and clothes are supplied free by the local people. The Generations Foundation working with Vitol Charitable foundation, has provided the School with a new purpose-built building with adequate classrooms, dormitories, kitchen, and dining facilities for 60 children. The new building was officially opened on 23rd January 2007. The long term aim of the school is to be able to extend their teaching certification to include age 12-18. This will enable them to equip the children with vocational training in handicrafts, music and other skills to earn an income. Children in School thanks to Finch family trust GenerationsPupils sitting outside having lessonsMusical education at Andh Apangjan Vikas Mandal supported by Generations TrustChildren in one of their music lessonsThe new school at Andh Apangjan Vikas Mandal supported by Generations Trust
The opening ceremony of the new school
Right to Dream
Ghana
Sierra Leonewww.righttodream.com
Right to Dream is a registered charity in Ghana, Sierra Leone, the UK and the US, with the vision ‘to offer African children who come from a background of extreme poverty the opportunity to fulfil their true potential in life through sport and education and ensure that these children are motivated and empowered to make meaningful, lifelong contributions to their community and country’.
Right to Dream is a professional sports, education and leadership academy in Ghana. It provides young underprivileged talent an opportunity. Through their elite training programmes, international education, personal development and leadership philosophy they nurture the exceptional into future role models for Africa. The Academy in Ghana is a non-profit making, fully residential school which offers 100% scholarships to children aged 10 and above. At the Academy they are focused on EVERY child achieving success and reaching their true potential, using the skills and knowledge they teach them and the experiences they offer, to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. “We’ve been delivering this model with our boys’ football programme since 2000 and have had a 100% success rate in getting our graduates onto fantastic career paths. We’ve produced the most successful African U15 football team for the last four years running by achieving top 8 finishes in the Manchester United Premier Cup.” Generations have supported Right to Dream over a number of years and will continue to do so.

The Right to Dream Underprivileged Children’s Centre (UCC) is a drop in education and welfare centre for some of the poorest children in Ghana, many of whom are street children and orphans. The UCC teaches children the basics in numeracy and literacy, getting them to a point where they can then attend school. Local schools are then identified and the costs of sending the children to school are met by the UCC which also provides ongoing support to those children.

The UCC and Academy work in partnership together at a strategic and operational level.

The Generations Foundation has kindly been supporting Right to Dream for the last few years and as a result of their support, Right to Dream have been able to expand their vision and scope of their activities:

Bob Finch's trust Generations supports Right to DreamKids in a classroom paid with the help of Generations TrustFootball practice at Right to DreamBob Finch supports education in Ghana through Right to DreamKids on the way to school Right to DreamYoung man after practice at Right to Dream
  • Right to Dream have increased the number of pupils the Academy works with (third and fourth generation enrolled and the recruitment of the fifth generation is underway).
  • The Academy has been able to review and refine the programme offered to pupils. Focusing specifically in the area of education.
  • At the Academy School, new syllabuses are now taught on the international programme, a specialist remedial teacher who works with those children who arrive at the Academy with no previous experience of school has been recruited, and the Academy has established a vocational programme aimed at offering our graduates the opportunity to use their Academy education and skills to develop a vocation in the sports industry.
  • In March 2010, the new RtD Academy, a US$1.5million purpose built facility, located 20km south of Akosombo in the Eastern Region of Ghana was officially opened. The new Academy provides a home for our expanding programme, with specialist facilities and resources located onsite, to ensure their students can reach their true potential in life.
  • The move to the new Academy, has enabled Right to Dream to explore the viability of establishing other sports programmes (girls football, basketball, tennis, athletics, boxing and golf).
  • Right to Dream have been able to further develop the partnership between the Academy and the UCC, for example now the Academy pupils assist with teaching on a weekly basis at the UCC.
  • At the UCC, a permanent home has been found for the centre which allows a number of the homeless children to live on-site, as well as providing flexible teaching spaces which meet the needs of the children attending the centre.

To date (2011), they have worked with over 90 children and their graduates have followed various pathways after leaving the Academy. 38 graduates have been awarded full scholarships for their talent to leading universities, private boarding schools and colleges in the US and the UK whilst another seven RtD graduates have signed professional contracts for international football clubs. Other RtD graduates either train or work within the sports industry or have secured contracts with Ghanaian Premier League clubs. No matter which graduate pathway they pursue, all RtD graduates are expected to help others achieve their dreams and contribute to the development of their country and continent.

In summary, the programme at the RtD Academy in Ghana can be described in a few words: ethical, opportunity, excellence and sustainability.

The Finch Family Reserve
Chaco-Panatanal
In response to the increasing level of threat faced by these unique habitats and their biodiversity, particularly from agriculture, development and pollution, WLT has been working with local partners Guyra Paraguay to create the Chaco-Pantanal Reserve. Located in north-eastern Paraguay, the 10,000 hectare reserve area encompasses Palm Savannah (dry forest), Chaco Grassland, and Pantanal Wetland. The Generations Foundation has been a key supporter in this intiative, providing funding to secure 3,081 hectares of habitat, approximately a third of the whole reserve, which has been named as the “Finch Family Reserve”.
As can be seen on the map, the Finch Family Reserve creates the southern boundary of the reserve, and itself lies on the river confluence, on the borders of Brazil and Bolivia. The property directly north of the Finch Family Reserve is the next priority for extending the reserve, which would provide active protection along the river bank, which is vulnerable to encroachment. The land is managed and protected by Guyra Paraguay and the “Three Giants” sustainable ecotourism lodge is currently under construction, with the aim to help fund the long-term management of the reserve. Jabiru Storks at the Finch Family Reserve, ParaguayJabiru Storks, the largest stork in the world, are typical of this habitat and easy to seeMap of Finch Family Reserve, ParaguayThe Finch family ReserveClick to enlarge
World Land Trust
Blyth House
Bridge Street
Halesworth
Suffolk
IP19 8AB
www.worldlandtrust.org
Based in rural Suffolk, the World Land Trust was started in 1989 as a UK fundraising charity helping save tropical forests in Belize, and as a result Programme for Belize was able to purchase over a quarter of a million acres of tropical forest for conservation.
Since then WLT has raised funds to purchase and protect over 500,000 acres of threatened habitats across the world, with projects in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, India, and the Philippines. WLT always works with local partner organisations who take on the ownership and responsibility for protecting and managing the reserves in perpetuity. The WLT also helps promote sustainable and environmentally friendly livelihoods for local communities, such as ecotourism, crafts and sustainable forestry and supports reserve protection across its partners through their ‘Keepers of the Wild’ (ranger) programme. With local support and sound management, projects can become independent from the WLT and continue to thrive on their own, protecting wildlife and their habitats for the future.Generations first became involved in 2007 when funds were donated to WLT’s overseas partners, Guyra Paraguay, to purchase critically threatened Pantanal habitat in Paraguay; reserves have since been established near the town of Bahia Negra and a contribution was also made to the local Eco-Club in the town. Generations has gone on to support WLT’s Keepers of the Wild initiative which puts more rangers into the reserves that have been created, thereby strengthening the protection of the habitat and their wildlife. So far 8 new rangers have been funded by WLT. World Land Trust LogoFinch family foundation Generations supports the World Land TrustBahia Negra is the nearest community to the Chaco-Pantanal Reserve and the young people who live there run an extremely vibrant Eco-Club. It is from this small town that it is hoped to appoint the first wardens and education officers for the reserve.
Rohini Finch of Generations trust at Bahia NegraRohini Finch of the Generations Foundation sets out on horseback to see the Reserve area for herself
Second Sight
PO Box 25858
London
N5 1GY
www.secondsight.org.uk
Second Sight was founded by British Ophthalmologist Lucy Mathen who retrained as a doctor after 15 years in journalism, mostly as a TV reporter.In the summer of 1996 Lucy got first-hand experience of the cataract blindness problem in India when she took part in a surgical training course in the south. She vowed then that she would contribute something to the work to eliminate reversible blindness in India (the country of her birth) at some point in her career. Four years later she returned to India and headed north. The rural north was the poorest and most neglected area of India so it could be assumed that cataract blindness was worst there. She expected to find poor hospitals and a lack of basic infrastructure. Instead she found eye hospital after eye hospital fully equipped, often by international charities, but unable to provide cataract surgery. The reason? The lack of eye surgeons.The aims of the charity are:

  • To eradicate cataract blindness from the worst affected and most neglected areas in India by the year 2020.
  • To help their partner hospitals establish themselves as eye hospitals able to provide all aspects of eye-care to the highest standards in the heart of rural India.

Second Sight consists of professionals who all volunteer their time and skills and NO donated money is used on admin or salaries so that every penny can be spent on curing blindness to achieve their Finite Aim in the year 2020.

CHTAF
37 Tennyson Drive
Newport Pagne 11
MK16 8PH
Generations has supported the Children’s Hospital Tsunami Appeal Fund (CHTAF) which has been working to provide essential medical services to the children of Sri Lanka since 2004.
This year with Generations’ funding CHTAF has achieved the following:
  • Sponsored vital life saving heart operations on ten children at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Provided all medical and surgical requirements free of charge to sixteen children who needed emergency life saving heart operations. This was in addition to the ten children above.

Generations has committed to support the charity for 5 years to enable it to continue to perform the life saving heart operations.

Baby getting medical help at CHTAF supported by Generations Trust
Medair
Unit 3 Taylors Yard
67 Alderbrook Road
LONDON
SW12 8AD
relief.medair.org
Medair helps people who are suffering in remote and devastated communities around the world survive crisis, recover with dignity, and develop skills to build a better future.
With the second generous donation from the Generations Foundation, Medair was able to improve living conditions and disaster risk reduction for five of the most vulnerable earthquake and hurricane affected families in the Côtes-de-Fer region of Haiti.
One of these families is Dieufete Lauranfils and his partner, Jeannite, who are both farmers with agriculture as their main source of income. They typically plant corn, beans, and millet in their gardens. Dieufete also makes charcoal for a living, with a bag of charcoal selling for 300 gourdes (approximately £5). The money Dieufete made from selling charcoal and sisal was not enough to both take care of his family and to save to repair his damaged home.
Dieufete and his family have never had a latrine, and household members used to go into the bush. In addition, Dieufete’s children and his sister-in-law, Chrismène, had to walk two hours each day to collect water from an unprotected stream for cooking, cleaning, and washing.
Now, this family has received a disaster-resilient home, rainwater harvesting tank, and a latrine.
“I did not have money to buy materials to fix the roof and the walls of my house. Medair built a new home for us, and now we do not get wet when it rains.” “Things have changed for my family and me because we have a safe, dry house. We sleep well at night. Every time I think about my new home, my heart is filled with joy.”
Save the Children
1 St John’s Lane
London
EC1M 4AR
Tel: 020 7012 6400
www.savethechildren.org.uk
Save the Children work with children in the UK and across the world, providing life saving emergency aid and long term development projects. Their vital work saves and improves children’s lives in more than 50 countries.
In 2010, the charity reached 7.8 million children through health, hunger, child protection and education programmes and through 39 emergency responses. Generations made a donation to Save the Children following the terrible earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 to help with its work there. In March 2011, the Generations Foundation made a donation to support Save the Children’s work in Libya, protecting children and families. The donation supported Save the Children to set up a team of child protection, education, food security and health experts, based in Benghazi, to respond to the needs of children and families. Finch family trust Generations supports Save the Children
Global Hospital and Research Centre Global Hospital and Research Centre is located in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India, and opened in 1991. Built to take advantage of a beautiful, clean and quiet mountain top setting, this 102-bed hospital is a haven of peace in an area where there is an acute shortage of health care.Key health problems that previously went untreated include obstetric problems, pre-natal, post-natal and infant care, blindness, malaria, tuberculosis, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.The hospital is pioneering a new model of health care in which spirituality, modern medicine and complementary approaches are brought together in a truly holistic approach. Its work is based on the philosophy that lasting solutions to health problems require healing of mind, body and spirit. Many of the staff are trained to create an environment of peace and healing through positive thinking, meditation and spiritual awareness. Most patients receive the hospital’s services free of charge.
Azafady UK
Studio 71a
Beethoven Street
London
W10 4LG
Tel: 020 89606629
Azafady aims to eradicate poverty, suffering and environmental damage in Madagascar. Its mission is to fight extreme poverty and protect unique, biologically rich but greatly endangered forest environments in Madagascar by empowering some of the poorest people to establish for themselves sustainable livelihoods and improve their health and wellbeing.
The Infant Trust
CLB Gatwick LLP
Imperial Buildings
Victoria Road
Horleywww.infant-trust.org.uk
Together in partnership with organisations in South Africa, The Infant Trust works to protect small children and help break the continuing cycle of violence against the most vulnerable.Its main focus of work is to:Work with pre-schools:

  • To to train the women to recognise and act on suspicions of abuse;
  • To provide a safe place for children;
  • To to provide a knowledgeable place for people in the communities.
  • To empower women and men, working in community services, through training and awareness programmes.
  • To set-up diversion programmes for vulnerable or potentially violent young men and/or young women, they:
  • To encourage and promote a different pattern to their lives through development programmes;
  • To work with children whose lives are disrupted by poverty, abuse, malnutrition, illness or abandonment.
Smile Train
PO Box 583
Northampton
NN3 6UH
United Kingdom
Tel: 0870.1276269
E-mail: ukinfo@smiletrain.org
Unlike many charities that do many different things, The Smile Train mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as £150 and takes as little as 45 minutes.
This is our mission:

  • To provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries.
  • To provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.

Until there are no more children who need help and we have completely eradicated the problem of clefts.

Finch family foundation Generations supports the Smile Train
Tree Aid
Brunswick Court
Brunswick Square
Bristol
BS2 8PE
Tel: 0117 9096363
Enterprise (VTE) programme, to help villagers make money from the many products that grow on trees. At Tominian, 49 groups in 19 communities have developed business plans based on tree products such as forest honey, shea nuts and tamarind fruit.
This project is providing training and equipment for these village entrepreneurs to plant, manage and protect their trees and forests as an integral part of their business plans. The project villages and 30 neighbouring communities will also be trained in bush fire management. Finally it will help villagers engage in local planning to negotiate fair rights of access to forest resources. Finch family foundation Generations supports Tree Aid
Hospices of HopeRegistered charity no. 1088475

 

       www.hospicesofhope.co.uk 

Hospices of Hope was established in 1992 to improve the quality of life for terminally ill children and adults and their families in Romania and surrounding countries by developing the provision of palliative care services and training of medical and health care professionals. Their vision is of a future where terminally ill patients in this region are able to live and die with dignity as respected and valued members of their society.

 

 

In 2012, a Romanian family donated a wonderful property close to the capital, Bucharest, for the purpose of establishing a Children’s Centre for children with a life-limiting illness such as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis
The property was once the family’s summer residence and was confiscated from them by the communist regime. When it was finally returned to them, they wanted it to be used for the benefit of some of Romania’s most vulnerable children.It is situated in a peaceful rural area just 30 minutes from the city centre. It comprises of a complex of buildings that will gradually be renovated and adapted as resources become available.

 

The first phase of the works to renovate one of the buildings was completed in July 2013 thanks to the generous support of The Generations Foundation and others, and the first summer camp for bereaved children was held in August 2013.

The next phase of the project will be to renovate the main “manor house” for use as a Children’s Respite Centre.
Parents in Romania who are poor and have a sick child often struggle to cope and this leads frequently to abandonment of the child or family problems such as alcoholism or separation. By offering the family the chance of planned respite care and knowing that they have someone to turn to in case of a crisis can make all the difference. 

Future projects include the transformation of one of the buildings into activity workshops that will enable the older children with special needs to engage in activities such as soap and candle making. Another building will be turned into crisis accommodation for families with a sick child who have lost their home due to financial pressures.

 

As well as the children who are sick, the Centre will work with children who are bereaved or who have a sick sibling. Very often these children are neglected due to the focus on the sick parent or sibling and attending a summer camp can help them to express their worries and enjoy some moments of fun in a normal environment.

Mercy Ships UK Ltd
The Lighthouse
12 Meadway Court
Stevenage
SG1 2EF
Tel: 01438 727800
Mercy Ships is a global charity operating the world’s largest hospital ship providing free medical care, relief aid, community assistance and long term sustainable development in some of the world’s poorest countries. Every day on board our hospital ship, the volunteer crew of doctors, surgeons, nurses, water engineers and others are changing lives by delivering free, world class medical care services with integrity and compassion; and by partnering with local communities health care training and advice is also delivered. Since 1978 we served in more than 150 ports in developing countries and are dedicated to transforming lives and making a real difference.
Street Action As a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in the UK and the USA, we work with local partners to tackle the complex needs of children living on the streets. We are committed to supporting the development of street child organisations in Africa, building connections and links with our Street Action community of supporters around the world.
FEISA
Teacher Training College Paraguay
“Formacion en Educacion Inicial San Andres” in Paraguay are an organisation that offers scholarships to students for teacher training who do not have the means to pay for the tuition themselves. Although steps are being taken by the Paraguayan Ministry of Education and Culture to improve the curriculum and teaching methods in schools, due to the teachers lacking adequate training and a limited educational background, the children are taught in a passive and non-stimulating way, making the drop -out rate high and the majority not continuing on to secondary school. By giving gifted students the opportunity to become qualified teachers not only gives these students a brighter future but also the children they teach. A grant from Generations ensured a group of gifted students scholarships at the college to train to be qualified teachers.