17:26 Monday 18 February 2013

Charity gives children the gift of education

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

THE founder of a charity has helped to change the lives of 300 children in Africa – enabling them to go to school for the first time.

Nathalie Cain, originally from Stapenhill, started her charity the Children’s House of Hope three years ago following to a trip to a refugee camp in Ghana during her medical training.

After seeing the conditions that the children were living in, she took it upon herself to set up the charity, hosting various fund-raising events as well as receiving help from organisations in Burton to send out items such as clothing and toys to the west African nation.

Now the charity has taken things a step further after building a school, thanks to the efforts of Miss Cain, now a qualified doctor working in Oxford.

The £7,000-school was built by women living in Ghana and will give 300 children who have never been able to go to school access to an education for the first time.

Miss Cain said: “We started fund-raising about a year ago and the school was opened in January.

“These are children who didn’t have a school before – you have to pay to go to school in that part of Ghana – and they live in a refugee camp.”

The challenge now for Miss Cain and her team is to keep the funds going into the school to pay for its upkeep and running costs, and despite her involvement in the project, Miss Cain insists modestly that she couldn’t have achieved what she has on her own.

She said: “I’m really proud of the whole thing, but it’s not me to be honest, it’s everyone who has got on board, the support has been incredible. It’s Burton-on-Trent’s school, not Nathalie Cain’s school.

“We were really lucky to have someone who was living out there who was able to manage the project. It’s not going to change the world, but we’ve spotted a problem and are trying to fix it.”

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