TWOAT News – December 2020

News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust (TWOAT)

TWOAT is very grateful for all the efforts of Friends and Supporters to make up for the loss of income we have experienced due to the inability to hold usual events such as our Annual Social Meeting. Items we have been offered to sell include a recently knitted large woollen blanket, a very large collection of historic music magazines and associated CDs, paintings and potted plants.

Another couple started fund raising amongst their friends and relatives for The Little Sapphires Nursery & Primary School in Madagascar. They also approached the husband’s employer, Legal & General, to apply for a matched funding facility for staff’s charitable fundraising with the result that over £900 will be available to TWOAT. This will enable us to continue to fund the Little Sapphires School lunches throughout 2021. TWOAT funds helped in the original creation of The Little Sapphires as a nursery school in 2011 and we have recently been told how some of the first children to attend the school have progressed – you can see their stories by visiting our web site.

Little Sapphires School taken in 2011 – when it first opened as a Nursery School helped by funds from TWOAT

We have heard from several of the schools we support concerning increased costs such as making rooms safer for pupils with respect to COVID. We sent an extra £500 to the RUSH Academy in Kenya to help with this type of work. We have heard from the Mtandika Trade School in Tanzania that they resumed operating in June after closing for COVID. The crops the students learn to grow had a good harvest and the students studying electrical engineering are now able to maintain the solar powered water pump but the school had extra costs as examinations had to be relocated to other premises due to COVID. We will be sending more funds to help them in the New Year.

TWOAT’s Christmas Appeal this year is for you to help us to continue to fund the schools and orphanages we support in Africa, South America and Asia. Please visit to see how to donate to us online or send cheques to our Treasurer Antony Hawker at The Holt, Alcocks Lane, Kingswood, KT20 6BB.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year on behalf of my committee.


Mike Fox

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

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