Raised so far: £153,659                                Current Goal: £19,515

Medi Oliver Mehra’s life was tragically cut short at the age of 11, in a freak accident.  Sadly Auntie Jo joined him a few months later aged just 32. This website is dedicated to helping the communities of Medi’s pen-pals in Ethiopia, something we had promised Medi we would do together. Medi was lucky enough to have had many experiences, yet was aware of the millions of children without any opportunities. He enjoyed fundraising for Great Ormond Street, fun runs and walking for Wateraid, and regularly donated his presents to good causes. In 2010 Joanna completed the London Marathon for children with Leukemia. We invite you to join us and change lives; it starts with water.

It starts with water.

Clean drinking water is essential to life, but unfortunately not everyone has access to it. According to the World Health Organization waterborne diseases cause around 1.8 million human deaths annually. These diseases include Cholera, Hepatitis A and E. Coli. When we visited Medi’s pen-pals in October 2014 we witnessed that the community lacked clean water at school, in the health centre and in the homes of the 3,200 families. We realised that supplying the community with a sustainable source of water was our main priority.

Why Education?

After water and food it is education that changes lives. Whilst globally the number of children out of school has fallen from 105 million (1990) to 61 million since 2008, progress has stagnated. Of the 61 million children who don’t go to school, 29 million live in sub-Sahara Africa, where the number of children at primary school age without education rose from 29 million (2008) to 31 million (2010).

Addressing education brings about the benefits of;
– Reducing poverty and improving economic growth
– Improving child health – a by-product of education
– Fighting HIV/AIDS and other diseases

– Empowering people to take life decisions such as choosing how many children to have

Together we can help children who are living in fear of poverty, conflict and disease. Shoes matter, but our school building programme is what creates lasting change. Education offers children hope and creates better opportunities both for their own futures and that of their families and the wider community.