Charities Audley supports in Southeast Asia
The Goodwill Centre
The Goodwill Centre is a small, unique project which aims to address issues of deprivation through education and life skills training, enabling children to break out of the poverty trap and take control of their future.
With a regular staff of four, the centre caters for over 160 children and young adults who have limited access to schooling, fresh water and basic sanitation.
The charity encourages participation in a range of activities outside school hours, aiming to keep children off the streets. Classes are offered in English and Khmer literacy, computer studies, basic science and arts and crafts.
With a strong hygiene program, it promotes health, physical education and has its own ambitious football team. This safe environment encourages play, teamwork and the development of social skills.
Paya Ngoto school
Back in May 2008, a number of Audley staff, clients and suppliers decided to raise money to help rebuild Paya Ngoto School in the Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar, after it was badly damaged by Cyclone Nargis.
Among the fundraising events was a raffle. Here are some of the prizes that were on offer:
- The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company kindly donated a 10-night Irrawaddy cruise for two aboard the Pandaw IV worth approximately £4,000.
- One week in a gite in France’s Burgundy region.
- One week in a cottage in Northumberland.
- A weekend in a cottage in Monmouthshire, Wales.
- A day trip for two on the British Pullman or Northern Belle train, including brunch, an excursion at the chosen destination and a table d’hote dinner with champagne and wine (kindly donated by Orient Express).
- Commissioned watercolour painting of your home or a landscape by Mr W Harvey.
- Two mounted Myanmar prints by Mrs M Fewkes. A half case of fine wine from Majestic Wine.
- A year’s subscription to Wanderlust Magazine.
- Insight travel guides.
- Insight world travel encyclopaedias.
This raffle raise a total of £11,000.
This money provided physical improvements to the school, adding a much needed flood defense wall and a raised-level concrete playground. Both were employed to stave off the annual monsoon flood waters and increase the children’s safety.
Educational items such as a cassette player and tapes, clocks and also 10 school uniforms have also been provided from the proceeds.