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Don’t believe anything you do can make a difference to the world?

You can make a huge difference – here’s how:

* In many poor countries children cannot go to school unless they have uniforms. It costs just £4 in Tanzania to provide two uniforms and a few exercise books and pens for a child – but when you are dirt poor that’s a huge sum.

Four pounds can change a life
* There are millions of people who are blind from cataracts and, therefore, utterly destitute. A charity hospital in Dar es Salaam will perform a cataract operation for £10 – not that they turn anyone away.

Ten pounds to see again.
* Tens of millions of people contract the worst form of malaria because they have no protection against mosquitoes. It costs less than £1 to supply someone with a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide.

One pound to protect someone from a deadly disease.
* It costs as little as £25 to help a woman buy a reconditioned sewing machine so that she can run a little business and feed her family.

Twenty-five pounds to give a family a future
* It costs approximately £500 to build two water points that will provide a decent water supply for a village of a few hundred people. This means the women and children no longer have to walk many miles every day to collect water that is often rank and disease-ridden.

Five hundred pounds to transform a village
* It costs £35 to cover all school costs for a child in primary school for a year.

A child who can read is a child with a future.
* For £100 a year a teenage boy girl can be taught a skill – carpentry or dressmaking or even computer skills. They become self-sufficient and the whole community benefits. The future looks brighter.

£100 for a real chance in life.

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So far I’ve raised over £1200 for Kitchen Table Charities Trust to support projects like those outlined here – I want to get to £5000 – please help … this time you really can make a huge difference – every penny goes to the people who need it most.

(c) Ellie Stoneley & Kitchen Table Charities Trust 2010


It’s been a glorious day here in Cambridge today – and I went on a Geological walk with the Friends of the Sedgwick museum. From the wonders of Wandlebury Ring to the old flint church in Linton, to a water tower … built in 1934 which now stores some 400 cubic metres of water and serves the surrounding villages – remember that figure.

I got home, achy feet but very happy with a smattering of freckles and a red nose from a day in the sunshine and found a whole wodge of email correspondence from Brian Donaldson, the Chairman of the Grants Committee for the Kitchen Table Charities Trust (and Founder and Patron of the Madagascar Development Fund – MDF). The emails were full of the story and photos of the Inauguration of the Ambohibato Water Project…. their new water tank holds some 2 cubic metres and is fed from a natural spring above the village. The access to this fresh water will radically transform the health and the prosperity of both the community and the individuals that live there. The project was made possible by the generosity of four individuals who raised the necessary £1,700 – yup that’s all – only £1,700. Shocking to think that people pay that for a fancy washing machine or oven in the UK… The Inauguration took place on Tuesday 20th April in a tiny village called Ambohibato some two and half hours bumpy dust road drive North East of Antananarvio the capital city of Madagascar. The photos and many of the words below are taken from Brian’s emails today.

Ambohibato village

This picture shows the village with the mud hut belonging to a young woman Esther – in the foreground.  6 feet by 4 feet – with no furniture – just a raffia mat on the floor and a couple of enamel saucepans – her only possessions. Esther’s husband abandoned her when he learned she was pregnant.

Esther outside her home in August 2009

She now lives in this thatched,  mud house on an income of 4 pounds a month – earned by doing odd jobs for the better off in the village and selling eucalyptus leaves at the nearest market,  a two hour walk away.

The Ambohibato project involved building a two cubic metre concrete collection tank adjacent to a spring emerging from the hillside 850 metres above the village of Ambohibato,  and running pipes down to the hillside to two stand-pipes -one in the “playground” of the primary school;  the other adjacent to the nearby village.  The villagers supplied all the locally available materials,  including rocks,  sand and gravel,  and were responsible for digging the trench where the pipes now lie. The money needed for this project  (£1,700) was raised by two brothers,  Simon and Mirko Kamann,  who ran last year’s Berlin Marathon and raised sponsorship among friends and family,  and a donation by Peter Coe and his wife Julie Walters,  of Tudor Reilly,  a corporate communications agency focused on health care

Copyright © 2010 Ellie Stoneley and Brian Donaldson