The AV Foundation
In remote rural areas of Africa and Asia, access to a decent education is the key to a better future. Our funds aim to improve the infrastructure to equip rural children to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Transforming Lives Through Education
The AV Foundation (Charity Registration No: 1069099) was set up in 1994 alongside Africa & Asia Venture (AV). The aim of the AV Foundation is to increase the quality of education in the communities served by AV volunteers. The focus is on educational infrastructure such as the building and refurbishing of classrooms, libraries, dormitory blocks, washrooms and water tanks.
To date we have disbursed an incredible £300,000 ($450,000 USD) on educational projects in Africa and Asia.
Nepal has suffered immeasurably since the devastating earthquake and our hearts go out to a community that we are enormously fortunate to have worked with for many years. Our volunteers and team members have been treated with incredible warmth and kindness and made lifelong connections to this unique place and its people.
Whilst emergency aid is essential at this point in time, we know that rebuilding in Nepal will need assistance far beyond the immediate crisis. Our focus at AV will be this longer term support. We are creating a separate fund within the AV Foundation which will be put towards educational projects including rebuilding schools in the area, as and when the picture is clearer. We have already received donations totaling £5,000.
If you wish to donate, please follow the fundraising link above and specify that it should be directed to our Nepal fund.
Renovation of school buildings
We have completed numerous school renovation projects but there are always more. Focusing on the communities served by Africa & Asia Venture volunteers, we want to continue repairing and building school facilities wherever needed.
Improve school sanitation
443 million school days are lost each year simply due to children suffering from water and sanitation related illness. Working with our partner (and AV alumni charity) Dig Deep, we want to help reduce this by providing better facilities in rural Kenya.
Provide equipment and books
In developing countries, facilities many of us take for granted are minimal. In 2015 the AV Foundation aims to provide more books and sports equipment to the rural schools in the communities served by AV volunteers.
Many AV volunteers have been inspired to work back in the communities in which they volunteered. Having spent time in the villages, they know first-hand what is needed.
A number of AV Alumni have even set up their own charities to establish schools in rural areas or improve water and sanitation. Wherever possible, we try to work with and support them with these projects.
The AV Foundation is also able to utilize the network of AV Country Representatives to oversee projects in different countries.
The AV Foundation Carol Service has been a well-attended event held at St George’s Church, Hanover Square in London.
With a great attendance and the huge generosity of AV volunteers, family and friends, the combined funds raised from the past three services is in excess of £20,000 (over $30,00 USD)!
The Trustees are grateful to the AV Foundation Carol Service Committee, Anna Walker and Jess Ronan for organizing the events. There are no plans for a Service this year, but watch this space……
Thanks to all our amazing contributors, we were able to build a permanent new school building for the children at Hill Queen School, in the village of Ringtang near Kalimpong.
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© The AV Foundation 2015 | Charity Registration No. 1069099