I was sitting at home one day, and I was thinking about how I could make a difference to the world this year.
Each year I try to set myself a new challenge and a new way in which I can raise money to help those which are less fortunate than myself.
In the past I have raised money for Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, the Cancer Council, the Childrens Hospital, the RSPCA, Beyond Blue, and many others. This year, I decided I wanted to do one better. I wanted to go big. And I wanted it to help out the children of this world, who aren’t as lucky as those of us in Australia in receiving an education.
I started looking in to charities all over the world who helped those in need – Thailand, Cambodia, India all came through, but the one that stood out in my mind was a very small English charity called ‘Classrooms in the Clouds’. This charity builds schools in Nepal for children and also trains the local women to become teachers. I immediately knew that this was the charity I was to help, as I myself am studying to become a teacher, and to give these women the same opportunity was the icing on the cake. I am passionate about teaching and the education of children across the world. I believe that this is a fundamental right that everyone should be able to have access too. It’s something that not only helps one to grow and develop as a child, but it teaches us how to live and work as an adult. Without an education, not only do the children suffer and not have the best quality of life, it is also detrimental to each of the countries who do not educate their population.
At the moment, the children in Nepal for whom I am raising money, walk 2 hours a day just to get to school. Many families don’t allow their children to take so much time away to focus on their education, hence not all children can get an education.
What I am doing to help is walking 11kms a day (approximately 2 hours) for a period of 6 months in order to raise money to build them a school closer to their home town.