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Changing Lives: The Frontiers Foundation

Here at Property Frontiers we like to do things differently. Breaking boundaries and embracing new frontiers is not only at the heart of our investment opportunities; it is the way we do business and it is fundamental to our existence.

Working in the international property arena, we are acutely aware of the impact that our investments can have at the local level and so we have taken our commitment to corporate social responsibility one step further by founding the Frontiers Foundation.

What is the Frontiers Foundation?

At its heart, the Frontiers Foundation is committed to raising funds to change lives through fundraising, local knowledge and our contacts around the world.

Headed up by Property Frontiers’ CEO, Ray Withers, the Frontiers Foundation aims to focus our energy and entrepreneurial talent to have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. We strive to provide the tools needed to lead self-sufficient lives.

The Frontiers Foundation is directly involved on the ground, ensuring that funds raised see projects through to completion. By raising money through our investors and other activities we personally visit communities, offer hands-on assistance in learning new skills, using tools and helping to build the facilities needed to survive independently.

We do not promise to change the world, simply to make a difference to the communities that need help the most.

What type of projects does the Frontiers Foundation support?

The Frontiers Foundations knows no boundaries and supports projects located anywhere in the world.

Initially, our focus has been on small communities in Africa, a region which Ray Withers is especially passionate about, but we have also been active in Brazil and are considering future projects in India and Nepal.

 

Our first project - Ngwezi B Water for Life

Working together with our like-minded charitable partner Together4Africa, the Frontiers Foundation successfully completed our first project in Zambia - The Ngwezi B Water for Life project.

The Ngwezi B Water for Life Project needed to raise £5,000 to enable the drilling of a borehole for a local community in the Mazabuka District of Zambia – south west of the capital, Lusaka. Through a variety of sporting activities the required funds were raised and trustees Ray Withers and Charlotte Ashton visited Zambia in summer 2012 to help with the drilling of the borehole and to meet the Ngwezi B community. For more information on their trip click here:

http://www.propertyfrontiers.com/frontiers-foundation/well-theres-a-way/where-theres-a-well-theres-a-way.pdf

Kids in Kenya: Transforming the Ket Wangi orphanage

Following on from the success of the borehole drilling, The Frontiers Foundation selected a second project in Africa – Kids in Kenya: Transforming the Ket Wangi orphanage.

The Frontiers Foundation chose to support the Mother of Ket Wangi, Emily Odera, in her quest not only to maintain but expand and improve her orphanage, Ket Wangi on the shores of Lake Victoria in Western Kenya.

Ket Wangi’s needs were great in all extents but the Frontiers Foundation committed to building a block of three toilets with two sinks following the collapse of the old block due to a landslide, as well as three temporary classrooms dedicated to education.

The total funds required to complete both projects was £7,000 and this amount was raised through a very successful charity auction held at the 2012 OPP Gala Dinner.

The new toilet block and classrooms are now complete and being used by the children as well as new mattresses and mosquito nets supplied. Frontiers Foundations trustees are planning to visit the children of Ket Wangi this year.

Project Crescer: Building better lives for disadvantaged young people in Brazil

Having successfully completed two projects in Africa, the Frontiers Foundation decided to support a young persons' project in another country close to our hearts, Brazil.

Set up by UK registered charity Task Brasil, Project Crescer supports children and young people living in the shantytowns (favelas) of Rio de Janeiro. Led by an Educationalist, Project Crescer strives to install a sense of identity into disadvantaged young people's lives, offering them English lessons, IT training, arts, crafts, music and life skills.

The Frontiers Foundation is commited to raising £5,000 to support the Educationalist in 2013 and already £2,000 has been raised through a charity bike ride from London to Oxford and over £1,000 from two triathlons. Future fundraising activities planned include a half marathon and 10km race. 

A Night for Nepal: Every child deserves and education

As the Frontiers Foundation enters its third year of operation, the Frontiers Foundation trustees are delighted to announce their fourth project – supporting the MondoChallenge Foundation and their work with schoolchildren in Nepal.

The Frontiers Foundation first learned about the MondoChallenge Foundation through their charitable works in Africa and was very impressed by their sustainable education projects across more than 15 remote village communities across Nepal.

Investing in better education in order to give Nepalese children a brighter future is a real challenge in remote, mountainous regions which is why the MondoChallenge Foundation together with the Frontiers Foundation are committed to taking schools, teachers and equipment to these logistically disadvantaged children in their local communities.

Here in the west, education is an expectation and a right but in many poorer countries such as Nepal, this is not always the case. A shortage of funding for teachers, school buildings, educational supplies and even basic resources such as drinking water means that almost half, many girls, receive no formal education.

With these needs in mind and bricks and mortar at our hearts, the Frontiers Foundation is committed to raising £10,000 to fund:

  • New classroom
  • Desks and benches
  • Toilet block
  • Playground fencing
  • Safe drinking water supplies Library books
  • Sports equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Individual student sponsorship School backpack

For the second year running, the Frontiers Foundation will be holding a charity auction at the overseas property industry’s largest trade event, OPPLive, with the aim to raise £10,000 for Nepal. 

The funds will be distributed via our trusted local partners to the schools and villages most in need located 30km north of the capital, Kathmandu.

For more information click here. 

How are funds raised?

A small amount can go a long way and really make a difference. With that in mind the Frontiers Foundation aims to raise £5,000 to £10,000 per project based on the level of financial aid required.

Nearly half of Property Frontiers’ clients are repeat purchasers; we pride ourselves on our strong relationships and welcome any support from our investors. In addition to this, the Frontiers Foundation team will lead by example and undertake regular fundraising challenges.

Progress and news of forthcoming Frontiers Foundation projects can be viewed on our Facebook page.

How do I get involved?

Here at the Frontiers Foundation we welcome donations of any size and all monies will be spent directly on achieving the nominated projects.

Donations can be made online via My Donate

Or by sending a cheque made payable to The Frontiers Foundation to:

Ray Withers
The Frontiers Foundation
John Eccles House
Robert Robinson Ave
Oxford, Oxfordshire
OX4 4GP
UK

The Frontiers Foundation is a registered charity (1149462) and complies with the accounting requirements of the Charities Act 1993 relevant to the income/expenditure levels of their charity.

For more information on the Frontiers Foundation, the team, our projects or how to donate, please contact us on +44 1865 202 700 or contact the Foundation on info@frontiersfoundation.org.uk.

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