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Building Futures is a charity founded by our parent company, Study Group. With the help of students, it supports communities in developing regions. The projects provide educational materials and resources. Since 2005 fundraising has helped nine communities worldwide. We encourage our students to get involved with fundraising. Activities have included sponsored walks, fancy dress days, concerts, football tournaments and cake sales.
Building Futures has raised over one million US dollars for children from developing countries
Our first project began in 2005, in Indonesia. Our current project is in Nepal. We've had success in West Africa too. This project delivered new classrooms, a principal's office and a storeroom that the children can use, in Benin. We also trained teachers and improved the standard of teaching in 66 villages.
After the devastating earthquakes of 2015, one million children in Nepal lost their school. We're helping to bring education back to these children. We're doing this by building them a new and improved school. The structure is designed to stand up against any future disasters.
Building Futures funded two school buildings in Cambodia. The buildings serve two different villages. They have classrooms, a toilet block, an outdoor play area and
new teaching equipment. Vegetables are grown in the school grounds, for the children to eat.
Van Han Lower Secondary School can now accommodate more than 500 children from the surrounding villages. This project helped raise the quality of education. Classrooms were renovated and extended, and outdoor space was improved too.
We've built a new primary school, improved water access and delivered teacher training in Anuradhapura. This project has helped an estimated 413 boys and girls. These children can now get an education in this district of Northern Sri Lanka.
Xiao Feng Primary School was in need of a safe and hygienic environment for its pupils. Our Building Futures project rebuilt the damaged school. It now has 12 classrooms, a kitchen, a dormitory, eight latrines, furniture and sports equipment.
Staff and students raised $165,000 to support girls’ access to education. The money was used to help promote a safe, clean, friendly and stimulating environment. So girls can learn free from threats and gender-based violence and bullying.
Building Futures raised £30,463 to help improve the Rozalina Zaidan School in Codó Nova, Brazil. We built four new classrooms and a computer room for the school. It's located in an urban slum on the outskirts of Codó.
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