Right now, we are supporting projects across four continents, contributing to the health and welfare of economically deprived communities and helping to protect unique habitats and their biodiversity…
Right to Dream is a registered charity in Ghana, Sierra Leone, the UK and the US, with the vision ‘to offer African children who come from a background of extreme poverty the opportunity to fulfil their true potential in life through sport and education and ensure that these children are motivated and empowered to make meaningful, lifelong contributions to their community and country’.
Right to Dream is a professional sports, education and leadership academy in Ghana. It provides young underprivileged talent an opportunity. Through their elite training programmes, international education, personal development and leadership philosophy they nurture the exceptional into future role models for Africa. The Academy in Ghana is a non-profit making, fully residential school which offers 100% scholarships to children aged 10 and above. At the Academy they are focused on EVERY child achieving success and reaching their true potential, using the skills and knowledge they teach them and the experiences they offer, to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. “We’ve been delivering this model with our boys’ football programme since 2000 and have had a 100% success rate in getting our graduates onto fantastic career paths. We’ve produced the most successful African U15 football team for the last four years running by achieving top 8 finishes in the Manchester United Premier Cup.” Generations have supported Right to Dream over a number of years and will continue to do so.
The Right to Dream Underprivileged Children’s Centre (UCC) is a drop in education and welfare centre for some of the poorest children in Ghana, many of whom are street children and orphans. The UCC teaches children the basics in numeracy and literacy, getting them to a point where they can then attend school. Local schools are then identified and the costs of sending the children to school are met by the UCC which also provides ongoing support to those children.
The UCC and Academy work in partnership together at a strategic and operational level.
The Generations Foundation has kindly been supporting Right to Dream for the last few years and as a result of their support, Right to Dream have been able to expand their vision and scope of their activities:
- Right to Dream have increased the number of pupils the Academy works with (third and fourth generation enrolled and the recruitment of the fifth generation is underway).
- The Academy has been able to review and refine the programme offered to pupils. Focusing specifically in the area of education.
- At the Academy School, new syllabuses are now taught on the international programme, a specialist remedial teacher who works with those children who arrive at the Academy with no previous experience of school has been recruited, and the Academy has established a vocational programme aimed at offering our graduates the opportunity to use their Academy education and skills to develop a vocation in the sports industry.
- In March 2010, the new RtD Academy, a US$1.5million purpose built facility, located 20km south of Akosombo in the Eastern Region of Ghana was officially opened. The new Academy provides a home for our expanding programme, with specialist facilities and resources located onsite, to ensure their students can reach their true potential in life.
- The move to the new Academy, has enabled Right to Dream to explore the viability of establishing other sports programmes (girls football, basketball, tennis, athletics, boxing and golf).
- Right to Dream have been able to further develop the partnership between the Academy and the UCC, for example now the Academy pupils assist with teaching on a weekly basis at the UCC.
- At the UCC, a permanent home has been found for the centre which allows a number of the homeless children to live on-site, as well as providing flexible teaching spaces which meet the needs of the children attending the centre.
To date (2011), they have worked with over 90 children and their graduates have followed various pathways after leaving the Academy. 38 graduates have been awarded full scholarships for their talent to leading universities, private boarding schools and colleges in the US and the UK whilst another seven RtD graduates have signed professional contracts for international football clubs. Other RtD graduates either train or work within the sports industry or have secured contracts with Ghanaian Premier League clubs. No matter which graduate pathway they pursue, all RtD graduates are expected to help others achieve their dreams and contribute to the development of their country and continent.
In summary, the programme at the RtD Academy in Ghana can be described in a few words: ethical, opportunity, excellence and sustainability.
The Finch Family Reserve
In response to the increasing level of threat faced by these unique habitats and their biodiversity, particularly from agriculture, development and pollution, WLT has been working with local partners Guyra Paraguay to create the Chaco-Pantanal Reserve. Located in north-eastern Paraguay, the 10,000 hectare reserve area encompasses Palm Savannah (dry forest), Chaco Grassland, and Pantanal Wetland. The Generations Foundation has been a key supporter in this intiative, providing funding to secure 3,081 hectares of habitat, approximately a third of the whole reserve, which has been named as the “Finch Family Reserve”.
As can be seen on the map, the Finch Family Reserve creates the southern boundary of the reserve, and itself lies on the river confluence, on the borders of Brazil and Bolivia. The property directly north of the Finch Family Reserve is the next priority for extending the reserve, which would provide active protection along the river bank, which is vulnerable to encroachment. The land is managed and protected by Guyra Paraguay and the “Three Giants” sustainable ecotourism lodge is currently under construction, with the aim to help fund the long-term management of the reserve.
Based in rural Suffolk, the World Land Trust was started in 1989 as a UK fundraising charity helping save tropical forests in Belize, and as a result Programme for Belize was able to purchase over a quarter of a million acres of tropical forest for conservation.
Since then WLT has raised funds to purchase and protect over 500,000 acres of threatened habitats across the world, with projects in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, India, and the Philippines. WLT always works with local partner organisations who take on the ownership and responsibility for protecting and managing the reserves in perpetuity. The WLT also helps promote sustainable and environmentally friendly livelihoods for local communities, such as ecotourism, crafts and sustainable forestry and supports reserve protection across its partners through their ‘Keepers of the Wild’ (ranger) programme. With local support and sound management, projects can become independent from the WLT and continue to thrive on their own, protecting wildlife and their habitats for the future.Generations first became involved in 2007 when funds were donated to WLT’s overseas partners, Guyra Paraguay, to purchase critically threatened Pantanal habitat in Paraguay; reserves have since been established near the town of Bahia Negra and a contribution was also made to the local Eco-Club in the town. Generations has gone on to support WLT’s Keepers of the Wild initiative which puts more rangers into the reserves that have been created, thereby strengthening the protection of the habitat and their wildlife. So far 8 new rangers have been funded by WLT.
Second Sight is a small, focused sight charity with a formidable track record since its inception in 2000.
It was founded by journalist turned eye doctor Lucy Mathen, with just £5,000 donated by musician Mark Knopfler and the goodwill of ophthalmologists from Britain and India.
The charity works to eradicate curable blindness (cataract being the main but not sole cause) and to leave behind a lasting solution to the blindness problem in India’s poorest state, Bihar, in the north east of the country.
For over 18 years experienced eye specialists have been working alongside and providing on-site training to local health teams in Bihar, sometimes in very remote locations. The aim is that each eye hospital can provide the full gamut of eye services to their communities. The charity has also successfully raised awareness and understanding of Vitamin A deficiency in children which affects as many as 70% of children in some areas or rural Bihar. It’s interventional research project FAME –standing for Food, Vitamin A, Measles and Education – demonstrates that a concerted effort is needed to prevent childhood blindness.
When the charity began its work, it was the paucity of eye surgeons in the areas of greatest need that was the main reason for the blind remaining blind. So they started out by sending visiting volunteer eye surgeons to perform cataract operations. Now, the more than 50,000 cataract operations carried out at Second Sight partner hospitals each year are performed by highly skilled surgeons from Bihar itself.
Said Lucy Mathen: ‘We always hoped that, by example, we would help create a reverse brain drain of doctors to Bihar. The dream has come true. 18 years down the line, it is fantastic to think that some 450,000 people have had their sight restored, but even better to know that talented health professionals are remaining in rural and small town Bihar and doing this work. They are the long term solution to Bihar’s blindness problem.’
For its groundbreaking work in Bihar, the charity received the inaugural Karen Woo Award from the British Medical Journal (2012) and was named Charity of the Year by the Association of Optometrists (2019).
The charity is based in Lucy’s bedroom in London and all those who go out to Bihar to help implement the frontline work fund their own travel. Every penny raised for Second Sight goes directly to the task of making the blind see.
Read more by visiting www.secondsight.org.uk where you can also order Lucy Mathen’s latest book – Outgrowing the Big: sight for India’s blind and a new way of seeing the world.
Tel: 0117 9096363
Enterprise (VTE) programme, to help villagers make money from the many products that grow on trees. At Tominian, 49 groups in 19 communities have developed business plans based on tree products such as forest honey, shea nuts and tamarind fruit.
This project is providing training and equipment for these village entrepreneurs to plant, manage and protect their trees and forests as an integral part of their business plans. The project villages and 30 neighbouring communities will also be trained in bush fire management. Finally it will help villagers engage in local planning to negotiate fair rights of access to forest resources.
Hospices of Hope was established in 1992 to improve the quality of life for terminally ill children and adults and their families in Romania and surrounding countries by developing the provision of palliative care services and training of medical and health care professionals. Their vision is of a future where terminally ill patients in this region are able to live and die with dignity as respected and valued members of their society.
This is our mission:
- To provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries.
- To provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.
Until there are no more children who need help and we have completely eradicated the problem of clefts.
In 2012, a Romanian family donated a wonderful property close to the capital, Bucharest, for the purpose of establishing a Children’s Centre for children with a life-limiting illness such as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis
The property was once the family’s summer residence and was confiscated from them by the communist regime. When it was finally returned to them, they wanted it to be used for the benefit of some of Romania’s most vulnerable children.It is situated in a peaceful rural area just 30 minutes from the city centre. It comprises of a complex of buildings that will gradually be renovated and adapted as resources become available.
The first phase of the works to renovate one of the buildings was completed in July 2013 thanks to the generous support of The Generations Foundation and others, and the first summer camp for bereaved children was held in August 2013.
The next phase of the project will be to renovate the main “manor house” for use as a Children’s Respite Centre.
Parents in Romania who are poor and have a sick child often struggle to cope and this leads frequently to abandonment of the child or family problems such as alcoholism or separation. By offering the family the chance of planned respite care and knowing that they have someone to turn to in case of a crisis can make all the difference.
Future projects include the transformation of one of the buildings into activity workshops that will enable the older children with special needs to engage in activities such as soap and candle making. Another building will be turned into crisis accommodation for families with a sick child who have lost their home due to financial pressures.
As well as the children who are sick, the Centre will work with children who are bereaved or who have a sick sibling. Very often these children are neglected due to the focus on the sick parent or sibling and attending a summer camp can help them to express their worries and enjoy some moments of fun in a normal environment.
Teacher Training College Paraguay
“Formacion en Educacion Inicial San Andres” in Paraguay are an organisation that offers scholarships to students for teacher training who do not have the means to pay for the tuition themselves. Although steps are being taken by the Paraguayan Ministry of Education and Culture to improve the curriculum and teaching methods in schools, due to the teachers lacking adequate training and a limited educational background, the children are taught in a passive and non-stimulating way, making the drop -out rate high and the majority not continuing on to secondary school. By giving gifted students the opportunity to become qualified teachers not only gives these students a brighter future but also the children they teach. A grant from Generations ensured a group of gifted students scholarships at the college to train to be qualified teachers.