WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED...

Since its inception in 1988, when it started with the school fees for 3 children being provided, Direct Link has found sponsors for hundreds of children, in both primary and secondary schools, who might otherwise not have received an education. A number of these children have progressed through school into college or university, carving out successful careers for themselves or continuing into yet more education. Some even have children of their own who are, having fallen upon hard times, in turn being assisted by Direct Link. We currently have three boys at university, following life-changing education, four studying at college, as well as many taking courses to ensure that they will be able to gain work in various trades. 

Some 60 schools and orphanages have been assisted by sponsorship through Direct Link, over the past 28 years, a number of these being for the deaf or the physically handicapped. Several of these have benefited in even greater ways, with donors providing funds for the building of libraries, workshops, science laboratories, school buildings and equipment.

The official opening of the Hatvany Library, at a Primary School for the Deaf, was a great occasion for celebration, with a workshop provided at the same time, where quality woodwork could be carried out. Another rural Primary School celebrated the fact that, before assistance from Direct Link, it was just a dream and a plot of land. Now it is a fully functioning school for over 100 pupils. Many deaf children have been given the education that they could only dream about. Schools have been twinned, women's projects have been assisted, families have received cows and other livestock, football teams have received strips and footballs, orphanages have been assisted with funds, and hospitals have received medical equipment and beds.

Since the year 2002, when we met a wonderful lady who continued to co-ordinate our work in one village for over twelve years, we have introduced a number of specific projects:

The refurbishment of the grannies' houses so that the children could sleep without rain pouring through onto their beds, together with the installation of fresh water tanks so that the families could drink uncontaminated water. Until these were provided, the children and grannies had to drink rain water that had been collected in recycled oil drums and had lain for weeks before being drunk, so that mosquito larvae had flourished.

Granny Teresa's house before and after refurbishment. The 'bricks' were painted on for decoration. The walls had to be plastered, the floor cemented and then everything painted. The total cost was £450.


Our latest project is assisting a primary school that includes provision for disabled children to board, and we have already raised sufficient funds for a First Aid kit, equipment for the disabled children to use in the classroom, and for one of the disabled children to have an operation to rectify a leg operation that went wrong, having been undertaken by an unqualified surgeon. We have provided four tricycles for three disabled boys and a girl and a wheelchair for another, all of whose lives have been completely changed, now that they have mobility. We have also raised funds for mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets for the disabled boarders, and enough money for the boarders to receive nourishing food at night. We have raised money to provide solar lighting to light the rough paths for the children going to the latrines at night, solar torches, solar lamps to enable one of our star pupils to work at home, after dark,  sufficient art equipment for the children to be able to have art lessons that are not on the curriculum, the training of a member of staff to carry out physiotherapy on the children with problems with their limbs and many other improvements to the school and the lives of the pupils.

           "What kind of world do I want? Change begins with me." (Caux 2006)