Lady Boswell’s is proud to involve itself in many different forms of charitable fund raising, supporting Sport Relief, Comic Relief, Great Ormond Street, Samaritan’s Purse, Cancer Research, Crisis and many other charities.
However, since 2014, the majority of the School’s fundraising initiatives have been given over to FOM. Fom means ‘hunger’ in Portuguese (the official language of Mozambique). The funds raised by the children go towards the employment and training of 4 local farm workers, purchase of mosquito nets, funding of seeds and equipment, which provides food for the children at the ‘Mountain of Praise Church’ Orphanage in Dondo, Mozambique. In the past two years, the children at the orphanage have benefitted from an improved and varied diet by being introduced to vegetables such as tomatoes, greens, squashes, carrots, cabbages, green beans, turnips and herbs. Prior to this partnership the children ate maize three times daily. Funding has also enabled the building of two wells, the planting of 200 banana trees and 50 papaya trees; provided training for 7 local people to farm the land, and the purchase of mosquito nets, seeds and farming equipment. The children at Lady Boswell’s are reaching out to those children who are living in food poverty and are making a real and tangible difference to their lives and diets. In April/May 2018, a bore hole will be built at the Africa Naturally farm where all the FOM activity takes place. This will provide long term sustainability for FOM in the seasons of drought.
In 2016, FOM has remained at the heart of our charitable work, and during the year, our children have surpassed themselves by going into business and using their entrepreneurial skills to grow an initial investment of £1 into a staggering £5,166.50. FOM discos also took place during the year raising over £1,000. The amount we have raised to date, including matched funding is £21,193.35.
In May 2017 all of the children took part in a "Buckets of Fun" event to raise money to build a bore hole on the farm. This running/walking/swimming event raised over £4,000.
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