Past Grants | 2019
Tukongote Community Projects
In rural areas of Zambia the closest preschool can be more than five kilometres away – too far for little ones to walk.
With dedicated funding, we sponsored Tukongote Community Projects to build, furnish and provide resources for the Big Tree Preschool near Livingstone for 40 pupils aged 3–5 years old. Our grant covered teaching aids, school supplies, uniforms and teachers’ salaries for one year.
Justice and Care
In the UK modern slavery is an increasingly prevalent crime. However, despite the huge scale of exploitation, conviction rates remain appallingly low. Justice and Care works with the police to drive systemic change, rescue and protect victims and bring all those responsible to justice.
This year we are helping fund an important training programme on modern slavery which will enable the sharing of expert knowledge and best practice between the UK’s police, prosecution services, judiciary and relevant NGOs.
You can see an example of the workshops we sponsor here.
Doctors for Nepal
Eighty percent of Nepal’s population live in remote villages with poor access to healthcare. Doctors for Nepal empowers local, disadvantaged students to train as doctors, nurses or midwives and return to their rural communities to practise their clinical skills and improve the health of thousands of patients.
We are currently helping fund the training of budding health professionals from the especially isolated Karnali district. Once qualified, they will be bonded to work back in Karnali for at least four years.
Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT)
In Cambodia, it is increasingly common to place children from disadvantaged families in residential care institutions. To prevent child-family separation and its ill effects, Cambodian Children’s Trust’s satellite community centres give vulnerable children a safe place to access nutrition, healthcare and education, while still living at home.
Our grant will help CCT Cambodian Children’s Trust develop its replicable model of preventative child protection and offer even more community-strengthening services from its centres.
Just as society marginalises homeless people, their healthcare specialists can also feel isolated within the NHS. Pathway’s Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health focuses on improving health services for the homeless and providing a support network for front-line clinicians.
Our grant funds the core work of the Faculty, which runs events and training on homeless and exclusion health for more than 1,400 members, including paramedics, dentists, psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, counsellors, drugs workers and alcohol specialists.
Children growing up in poverty are statistically less likely to succeed at school and work, but taking part in social action initiatives can improve their chances. Stride’s Young London Leading programme helps schoolchildren plan and launch a social action project to develop employability skills such as teamwork and public speaking.
With our support, the programme ran events and workshops at London schools, culminating in a competition for 50 finalists. Each of team of finalists received £500 to help implement their social action project and the overall winner was chosen as the Blueprint For London, which will be transformed into a social action leadership workshop and offered to a further 600 pupils at 10 London schools in 2020.
As more and more young people struggle with anxiety and depression, the MeeTwo app provides a safe forum for teenagers to discuss any issue that’s affecting their lives.
With every post and reply checked before it goes live, MeeTwo is moderated by trained psychologists and provides peer support, expert help, educational and creative resources, as well as links to UK charities and helplines. The MeeTwo ‘Mental Help’ Handbook gives teenage mental health a voice. Youth mental health is a massive issue, but it is time to stop talking about raising awareness and start providing young people with the tools to do something about it. Whether that involves taking pills, getting counselling or learning how to meditate, all help involves self-help. This handbook is the first publication to combine the voices of young people and the opinions of experts with a completely holistic directory of ways that young people can help themselves.
We are delighted to support this award-winning and vital free service.
Drama school training has traditionally been the preserve of the privileged. Texel Foundation wanted to provide an affordable but exceptional alternative, which opens the industry to those for whom it is currently inaccessible. So, in 2019 we set up Represent Theatre, a professional theatre company of people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
We firmly believe that our theatre company will positively address all four of our core causes. As the lack of socioeconomic diversity in the arts is linked greatly to the state of education, we will welcome school visits to our workshops and rehearsals, promoting the possibility of earning a fair wage in the arts.
Our first season will begin in March 2020, showcasing three very different productions and a great deal of raw talent.
Birkbeck Compass Project
The number of forcibly displaced people is currently the highest on record, representing one of the defining challenges of our time. With refugees and asylum seekers facing multiple, complex barriers to study and employment, the Birkbeck Compass Project strives to improve access to higher education for asylum seekers in the UK.
Texel Foundation is helping this award-winning scheme provide university scholarships for 20 forced migrants and through workshops, events and outreach, to give more refugees and asylum seekers the knowledge and skills they need to start their academic journey.
Make Our Schools Safe (MOSS)
Following the tragic loss of their 14-year-old daughter in a brutal high-school shooting in Florida, Lori and Ilan Alhadeff resolved to make schools safer and save lives in the future by founding MOSS. They hope the best practices and in-school training they recommend will encourage other states to follow suit.
In acknowledgement of Texel’s presence in New York and Los Angeles, we have allocated funds to support MOSS as our first US-based cause.