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TWOAT News – August 2020

TWOAT recently launched an appeal to raise funds to support The Little Sapphires School. It is run by the Mothers’ Union in Madagascar and has about 55 nursery and primary age children. Unfortunately due to the virus and other local issues many of the parents can no longer earn enough to contribute the £3.65 per month that they were previously paying towards the school’s running costs. TWOAT is already donating £2,300 per year to support the school and we could not add to that from our available funds as there are other projects also needing our help. Our aim is to raise an additional £1,000 to cover the shortfall in contributions and at the time of writing we still have a few hundred pounds to go.

The school sent us some details supplied by one of the pupils called Dallilah – she is 9 years old and has two sisters but only she can currently attend the school. This is an extract from what she said:

“I love my village but I hate corona virus. Because of corona virus in our village my sisters must stay at home, they don’t go to school now with me . They eat cold food with mum.

My dad works very far in the forest and digs sapphires. He lives there and comes to see us after a week.

The food is good at the school and the headmistress is very kind to me. I started school here when I was 3 years old. My mum takes me to school. She has never been to school and says school is important for girls. My dad too has never been to school…”

Unfortunately even after the COVID crisis is over, Dallilah’s father’s job has no real future as the government is banning the sort of dangerous wildcat sapphire mining in which he and many of the other parents are involved. It is really important that the children of the village can continue their education as that will give them other opportunities to find work. This is why TWOAT has launched its appeal to cover the costs for those parents who can no longer contribute.

Donations to the appeal can be made online via alternatively please post cheques to TWOAT’s Treasurer Antony Hawker at The Holt, Alcocks Lane, KT20 6BB.

TWOAT is hoping that further easing of the lock down rules might make it possible for us to organise our two John Allinson Memorial Sponsored Walks in late September and early October. Please watch our web site or contact Mike Fox on 01737 350452 for the latest news on that.

Further information about TWOAT projects and details of how to donate to us can be found here or contact Mike Fox on 01737 350452.


Mike Fox

TWOAT News – July 2020

News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust We are pleased to report that, despite having had to cancel or postpone all the fund raising events we were due to run since March, we have still managed to send all the financial support we had previously promised to our projects. We even sent £750 extra […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – June 2020

News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust We have now held two committee meeting since the start of the lockdown by means of a video conference. Reports indicate that some of the schools we support had to shut down by government decrees which were largely based on the situation in their country’s capital. We […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – March 2020

The TWOAT committee has sadly concluded that in light of the current health emergency it will not be possible for us to continue with any of our planned programme of events for at least 4 months and quite probably longer. We took this decision because many of our committee members and our supporters fall into […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – February 2020

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust held a very successful Quiz evening on Saturday Feb 8th that was attended by over fifty people and will have raised about £600 for our funds. TWOAT would like to thank the Christchurch URC for kindly letting us use their hall. TWOAT will having its Annual Street Collection on […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – January 2020

News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust Christchurch in Walton-on-the-Hill was the venue for “Sing Carols” led by Reverend John Gordon to raise funds for TWOAT. The highlight of the evening was provided by a choir from Walton Primary School who beautifully performed a repertoire of songs from their Christmas Show based on Dickens’ […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – November 2019

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust The TWOAT Annual Social Meeting (ASM) on November 6th in St John’s Hall was attended by around 70 people. They heard a very interesting presentation from Dr David Curnock who is a trustee of the local charity BREAD who provide the link between TWOAT and Berega Hospital in Tanzania. […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – October 2019

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust TWOAT has been delighted to welcome Rebecca Paul of Hurst Drive, Walton-on-the-Hill to our committee. As one of her first contributions she has created a facebook page for us to improve our local visibility. There is a link to this page from our own web site – we […] Continue reading →

TWOAT Teas & Talks – in Kingswood Village Hall

TWOAT, the Tadworth and Walton Overseas Aid Trust is a small, very local charity which raises money to support small, self-help projects in some of the poorest parts of the world. Although “Kingswood” doesn’t appear in its name, this is only because they couldn’t work out a pronounceable acronym! TWOAT is putting on one […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – August 2019

TWOAT is delighted to report that the Auction of Promises raised well over £4,000 – many thanks if you were a bidder or donor. Please note that the Barbecue previously planned to be held in aid of TWOAT in Roger Ponsford’s garden in Walton on Sunday September 8th has had to be cancelled. Instead we […] Continue reading →