I would like to tell you a story of a young lady I had the pleasure of working with 3 years ago She was probably the most inspiring young person I have ever had the pleasure to meet and work with.
Her name is Krupa Patel, she is still only 21 and now heads the successful charity TEACH with over 20 people working with her in Tanzania.
I met Krupa purely by accident, or were we destined to meet? It was at the time of the Haiti disaster and I wanted to organise a concert in the town where I was living, Porthcawl, to raise funds so desperately needed. Upon contact with the only suitable venue in Porthcawl, I was informed that there was an event for Haiti already planned, by Krupa.
We were put in contact with each other and immediately connected, and jointly arranged the event, using and sharing our skills, and created a wonderful event raising a lot of funds for Haiti.
Krupa felt that TEACH consider the Hiatians to be Children of Africa, they felt that we need to stand up and stretch out a helping hand to the children of Haiti left destitute by the recent earthquake
When I heard of Krupa’s background, I was completely “bowled over” I shall now tell some of her story and what she had achieved at the grand old age of 17.
At the age 17 Krupa went to Ghana as a volunteer, meeting 2 other volunteers and travelled to a remote part of the country. Her Father said to me when I met him at the concert, that it was very hard to see her go off on her own at such a young age, but he and her Mother supported her decision. Part of her duties included converting an old fisherman’s hut into a volunteer base, renovating a dilapidated school and setting up a library, which the children had never seen before
This gave her the initiative to carry on when she returned to the UK
Following this work the 3 volunteers set up their new charity TEACH and on a return journey reached even more remote parts and set up a new school called Horizons, using local labour and materials.
Amongst many of her moving experiences, Krupa recollects one where she gave an apple to a 9 year old for a competition. Although being a rare luxury, the child passed it around the class of 20 for each to share a bite, before having a bite herself. This is just one example of the abundant spirit amongst the poorest that she has worked with
She says…I went out to give, but came back with far more in terms of an education in the highest moral and human values. What began with merely the search for a new experience, soon changed, to be the path she will be dedicating the rest of her life to.
TEACH – Time to Educate Africa’s Children, is a young UK based charity which is already making remarkable progress in Africa. The founders of the charity have been deeply affected by the plight of the people of Haiti, which is only the latest setback in a continuing history of the country
The charity work on a self help basis and believe that the people of the developing world need a hand up, not a hand out. Believing that education is critical for development, to equip the younger generation with the skills and knowledge to support themselves with the challenges they face.
They focus on tackling the root causes of poverty, not just the symptoms.
Quite often aid is given very generously, but fails to utilise local knowledge, expertise and community understanding to ascertain their wants and needs
As a result, it ends up providing assistance that is neither wanted, needed, nor sustainable in the long term
In whatever they do, TEACH place a special emphasis on ensuring the needs and rights of children are met because they are often the most hardest hit by disaster and chronic poverty.
2013 sees the charity going from strength to strength and Krupa has certainly shown that her commitment at 17 was in fact a true vocation. TEACH have now updated their name to Time to Empower Africa’s CHildren.
You can find out more of what Krupa is achieving by looking at the TEACH website http://www.teachafrica.org.uk/ Follow TEACH on twitter and facebook. Or subscribe to the TEACH Newsletter to keep up to date with all the advancements being made.
If Krupa agrees, I would like nothing more than for Hello Marilyn to support her charity and proudly wear the TEACH badge on my website.
Her family continue to support her efforts and Shivani, her Sister works from Porthcawl as her Managing Director.
Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you have found it interesting and inspiring.
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