James Stuart, Tax Consultant, accompanied Channel Islands Tax Partner, Maxine Rawlins, to see firsthand how the charity Hope for Kids International has benefited from the £10,000 Ernst & Young staff in Jersey raised during the summer.
After receiving a nomination by his team for fundraising efforts, James travelled to Kenya with Maxine Rawlins, a Trustee of Hope for Kids International, where the money that Ernst & Young raised is being used to support educational projects.
James explained that the trip had been a humbling experience and said: ‘We visited five children’s homes, a clinic and a school during our time in Kenya and it was encouraging to see how the money that Ernst & Young had raised was going to make a difference in the children’s lives. The children that I met had great optimism about their future, and every single child I spoke to had goals and aspirations such as becoming lawyers, teachers, doctors and accountants. Visiting Hall Mead School was a particularly special part of our trip, as this is one of the schools that the funds raised by Ernst & Young will go towards. This will include the furnishing of two new class rooms and will be especially important to the special needs class at the school, as it will offer these children a proper class room.
Matt Parker, Executive Director from Hope for Kids International said “Access to a quality education is something that many children in African can only dream about and, as a result, they are virtually condemned to a life of poverty from a very early age. Hope for Kids is committed to changing that picture for as many children as possible, helping them instead to reach their full potential and go on to lead successful lives. To accomplish this we support children from nursery school all the way through to university. In fact, in Kenya we now have more than 30 young people – all of whom once lived on the streets or in terrible poverty situations – studying in higher education courses!
Our partnership with Ernst and Young in 2012/13 has been highly significant. As a result of this, we will be able to furnish several new classrooms and send more children to school in Kenya, Zambia and South Sudan. I was delighted to have Maxine and James accompany me in visiting our programmes in Kenya and they were a great encouragement to our children and staff. I would like to express my appreciation to all at Ernst & Young who provided such tremendous support. This is giving new hope to children that need it most.”