Supporting Worldwide Education
Miss Richards believes strongly in a good education being an important foundation for any child's future.Since she was at school herself, she has supported other children and schools across the world.
Miss Richards' good friend, Miss Voice, moved to Zambia in 2015 to begin teaching at a school near Ndola. The school forms part of a charity with some paid and some voluntary teachers. Miss Richards is keeping in touch with Miss Voice, learning about the joys and challenges of setting up a school in a different country. She is posting out resources for the new teachers and classrooms.
Compassion is a fantastic charity that supports children in poverty around the world. It aims to give individual children and their families the best opportunities in life by linking each family up with a sponsor who pays for the child's education and gets to hear all their news through personal letters and general newsletters. Miss Richards sponsors a girl in Rwanda through Compassion.
Education for Life
Education for Life is part of a charity that Knowle Parish Church has links with in Africa. It provides employment for local people, food and education for children, as well as a place to live for some of the orphaned children and struggling families. Miss Richards sponsors a primary-aged boy so that he can get an good education here.
Shirley Baptist Church has links with a charity in Andrah Pradesh, India called Mercy Mission Welfare Society. Part of this society's work involves an orphanage and a school. Miss Richards has supported a boy from his childhood into his youth through sponsorship with this charity.