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Introducing the Frontiers Foundation – I’m off to dig a big hole!

October 29, 2011Article by Ray Withers

You might have realised from my blog that the social impact of both Property Frontiers and our partners in local communities is something I am quite passionate about and has had quite an impact over the years.

Since I started the company back in 2004, both myself and many members of the PF team have long been looking for opportunities to make even more of a difference and work on small projects in local communities that ultimately change people’s lives for the better – we just needed the right structure and timing.

With that in mind, a few of us here have been busy forming the Frontiers Foundation with a view to doing just this. Our aim will be to partner directly with small charities and local communities that need funding for small-scale, finite projects that will have a direct and measurable impact.

You will be hearing much more about the Frontiers Foundation and our objectives when we launch over the coming weeks but I wanted to share a new project that we have been working on in Zambia – The Ngwezi B Water for Life Project.

Partnering with an organisation called Together4Africa this particular project came up as timing is pretty tight – the dry season comes to an end soon giving us only as small window of opportunity.  I plan to be directly involved in the project and actually get out there next month and roll up my sleeves, assisting with the drilling of the borehole.

The Ngwezi B Water for Life Project needs to raise at least £7,500 to enable the drilling of a borehole for a local community in the Mazabuka District of Zambia – south west of the capital, Lusaka.  Currently the nearest water supply is 7km from the community which is a pretty hefty round trip, especially in 30 degree heat, and the water must also be paid for making it a costly exercise.  The new borehole, which I will be helping to dig will take a few weeks to complete and will provide clean water on demand for the community completely free of charge.

One person who will particularly benefit from the new water supply is a doctor called George Malambo, a Peer Educator who volunteers for SAPEP (a small not for profit organization in the Southern Province of Zambia, that is funded by the UK charity, PEPAIDS) as he will be able to continue his garden, growing herbs, fruit and vegetables for food and medicines for local people.

“George’s marvellous medicines” as they have become known, provide a vital lifeline to the community and his herbal remedies are actively helping people keep healthy and manage their symptoms of HIV and AIDS.

Having already raised a considerable amount I want to thank you for your support but we haven’t reached our goal yet and so I am asking for donations of any kind, big or small, towards this project, and I am happy to talk to anyone at greater length about it and/or the Frontiers Foundation.

If you are willing to make a donation, you can do so directly to one of our client accounts so that all monies are separate and accounted for with Kathleen McCormark, our Finance Manager, who will be acting as Treasurer. Please contact Property Frontiers on +44 1865 202 700 for the account details.

Any funds that we raise above and beyond those needed for this project will be put directly towards other projects that we are working on with Together4Aftica.

Hopefully you can see what we are trying to do here. This is a chance to change people’s lives at a grass roots level, and I’ll naturally be providing full photographic evidence of me digging said big hole and getting covered head to toe in red mud!


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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