Turning 18 this year has made me realise how fortunate I am. Whether it is having supportive family and friends or experiencing a valuable education journey. The latter has played a major role in shaping the person I am today. I would therefore like to raise money for children less fortunate than myself to have the opportunity of going through an education that helps support and nurture them.

Education has been a huge part in my life and to see children growing up in deprived areas without one shocks me. It is estimated that 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students left school with basic reading skills.

United World Schools focuses on teaching in remote areas of South Asia (Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal) which is often where children cannot access even basic education. They adopt a holistic approach where the focus is to provide children with an education as well as a community with safe drinking water and clean sanitation.

With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, extended school closures have the potential to cause lasting damage in poorer countries. The absence of schools can lead to a loss of learning in the short-term but, of greater concern, can result in severe losses in economic opportunities in the long run.

I am asking family and friends to donate money they would have otherwise given me for my 18th birthday to this cause as there are children who would benefit more from this donation.

It is in these unprecedented times that your support is needed the most.

Ways your money can help this cause:
• £10 educates a child learning at home for 4 weeks during COVID-19
• £40 sponsors the salary and virus awareness training of a community teacher for a fortnight
• £100 provides new books to an entire community
• £300 covers the cost of hygiene promotion activities with a community of 500 people

Thank you very much for your support. Stuart Hewins