BY YASMIN DAVIS
My name is Yasmin Davis, I’m 20 years old, studying Primary Education and International studies at UTS and I am trying to raise $30,000 to build a school in Africa. I’ve always dreamed that when I finish my degree I will travel around the world and use my skills to teach children of all different back grounds, especially in places where it is needed most.
In 2012 I decided I wanted to do something, something big, something that would help many people and have a great impact on their lives. I had heard about people building schools in less advantaged countries and was immediately drawn to that idea. I wanted to build a school in Africa. Then I thought to myself, how much was this going to cost? And how was I going to do it?
I then began searching for an organisation that would help my vision come to life; this is when I found Build Africa. Build Africa is a UK organisation that works with remote communities in Kenya and Uganda and is helping to build over a hundred schools in those countries. I told them of my plans to raise money and awareness and they explained that the cost of building a school was $30,000, so that became my aim.
Music has always been a large part of my life, so I decided I would hold four benefit concerts over 2013 and 2014 to raise the funds. I searched for local musical talent in Sydney ranging from my own friends to outside contacts I discovered. These have included “The Café of The Gate of Salvation” gospel choir, “The Drey Rollan Band”, “Project Collective Ska” and Pitt Street sensation “Jack Man Friday”. All of them performed for absolutely nothing to support the cause.
Since this all began, I’ve held two concerts of my own in April and September in 2013 and also had help from my dad who donated funds from one of his concerts in December. I have now reached just over the halfway point with almost $16,000 for the school.