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About Lara’s Foundation

Lara’s Foundation was created in April 2012, a month after the death of Lara Jones at the age of 26. Her foundation operated as a charitable trust under the umbrella of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) until January 2013 when it became the first ever Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) to be registered in the UK. The Foundation is funded solely by charitable donation. In the first 9 months, over £45,000 was raised by Lara’s many friends and family.  The total in September 2013 had risen to over £65,000, by the end of 2014 financial year we had reached over £100,000 and donations have continued.

About Lara

Lara was originally from Goosnargh near Preston in Lancashire. She lived and worked in London as a dedicated and inspirational TESOL teacher, teaching English to non-native speakers of all backgrounds from around the world. From the age of 18 she had lived in London, graduating from University College London (UCL) with a BA (Hons) in Linguistics in 2006. In 2011 she completed UCL’s highly regarded DELTA programme (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), earning a distinction for her innovative approach to teaching.

She had a tireless passion for her work, a warm fun teaching style, and a deep compassion for the cultural and language difficulties facing foreign students. Lara’s Foundation has been established so that the dedication and kindness Lara showed to her students will continue to reach others.

Lara had many talents. She was an accomplished skier, and had reached the highest grades in Music Theory, Piano and Singing.  During university term time she worked as a voluntary assistant teacher at South Camden Community School where she organised and accompanied groups of sixth formers on trips around London. Lara spoke Spanish and Portuguese  and travelled extensively through Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Chile. She felt a great affinity for the people she met on these trips, and  the Foundation hopes to help communities in these countries.

Aims of the Foundation

The goal of Lara’s Foundation is to build English Language capacity in
small communities around the world where such knowledge is essential to access higher education, enhance employment opportunities and thus, quality of life.

The Foundation seeks to bring key individuals to the UK and provide them with English Language tuition in a British Council approved college. The individuals chosen are not children but persons who are in a position to cascade down their learning ie teachers and community leaders and in so doing build capacity in their community. Additionally, the foundation provides the opportunity for UK based TESOL teachers of a high standard, to travel to these communities to provide support and expedite English language acquisition.

In partnership with other charities, the Foundation aims to provided educational infrastructure in the form of buildings and learning materials.

Lara’s Foundation is aware that many people are concerned over the level of remuneration and administration costs of some charities. It is a fundamental principle of Lara’s Foundation that 100% of all money raised and donated goes directly for it’s charitable goals. We are proud to be able to reassure our supporters that we have no paid staff and no administration costs.

 

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News Coverage

On Tuesday 2nd January 2014 Carolyn spoke with BBC Northwest Tonight and BBC Radio Lancashire about the future of the Foundation and the status of the project in Ndala. Click here to view.

Press releases

For our current projects see Our Work.

March 2016

Lara’s Foundation funds a third Early Development Centre in partnership with DADREG (Dandora Dumpsite Rehabilitation Group)

On the week of Lara’s 4th Anniversary, we are please to confirm that our 2016 project is to fund the building of another Lara’s Foundation Early Childhood Development Centre…our third. We are happy and proud to be be working with DADREG – Dandora Dumpsite Rehabilitation Group, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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June 2015

Lara’s Foundation funds a second Early Development Centre in partnership with Raleigh International and Save the Children

Lara’s Foundation is partnering with Raleigh International and Save the Children who together are working with the community of Didia in the north of Tanzania on a project to build an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre. This will be the second ECD dedicated to Lara and will be known as Lara’s Foundation Early Childhood Development Centre. We are proud to be associated with this project and with our partners.

Didia, Tanzania Map

Didia is a  rural area in northern Tanzania where education facilities are poor and this ECD will provide a safe haven for the most vulnerable young children and pre-primary education.

We are so grateful to everyone who has shown, and continues to show, their support for Lara and the work of her Foundation.

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April 2015

Lara’s sister Sophie announces plans to swim The Channel in memory of Lara

In June 2016, Sophie will be attempting the infamous Channel swim to raise funds for Lara’s Foundation. Local press have covered the story, and she has created a website with further details.

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October 2014 – February 2015

Lara’s Foundation funds the educational needs of girls at Pippi House in Arusha Tanzania

Pippi House is a small charity established by a local pastor and manned entirely by volunteers. It takes girls who are living in dangerous and dire situations on the streets of Arusha. It offers the girls a safe home but crucially, the opportunity to return to education.

Lara’s Foundation were happy to provide the funding for all the educational requirements of all the girls for one year.  This includes all school fees, uniform, exam fees, transportation and the cost of a carer to look after the babies whilst their mothers are at school.

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September 2013 
Lara’s Foundation partners with Raleigh International and Save the Children

Lara’s Foundation  partnered with Raleigh International and Save the Children who together were working with the community of Ndala in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania on a project to build an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre  and two sanitation facilities, one for boys and one for the girls. Lara’s Foundation funded the build which will began in October 2013 and was completed by the end of the year, a record 3 months.

Ndala is a  rural area in northern Tanzania where education facilities are poor and  this ECD will provide a safe haven for the most vulnerable young children and for the first time in Ndala, pre-primary education .

It is the community and the local government who bear responsibility to provide for the community but Ndala lacks resources and skills and therefore education is often not a priority.  The provision of this ECD gave children a more positive start . The addition of a toilet block  ensured that the children started to learn about safe sanitation and how to  avoid the health problems currently suffered by the community.

This project  combined two of Raleigh’s programme areas, focusing on access to safe water and sanitation and building resilient communities.

Lara’s Foundation representative, Carolyn Rayner,   traveled to Ndala to help to  build an ongoing relationship with the community.  It is hoped that in time TESOL teachers , work colleagues of Lara, will assist in the school by providing English Language tuition to the local teachers so that they in turn can teach  others in the community.

 

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02 Jan 2013
Lara’s Foundation is first charity in the UK to be awarded CIO status

On 2 January 2013, Lara’s Foundation was registered as a charity at the Charity Commission. The full name of the new charity is the Lara Jones Charitable Foundation, but the charity will continue with the working name of Lara’s Foundation.

Lara’s Foundation is the first ever Charitable Incorporated Organisation to be registered in the country – CIOs are a new type of corporate entity designed specifically and only for charities and were introduced by the government in December 2012.

Until now Lara’s Foundation has been operated as a charitable trust through the Charities Aid Foundation. Operating as an independent charity gives the Foundation greater autonomy over how funds raised are applied.

Notes for editors

The goal of Lara’s Foundation is to build English Language capacity in small communities around the world where such knowledge is essential to access higher education, enhance employment opportunities and thus, quality of life. The charity was launched in April 2012 in memory of Lara Jones.

For more information please send an email to info@larasfoundation.co.uk

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31 December 2012

Lara’s Foundation breaks through £45,000 fundraising target

Lara’s Foundation is delighted to announce that just 9 months after the launch of the charity, a total of £45,000 has been raised in donations.

The money has been raised through the proceeds of 17 diverse fundraising events, including a swim across Lake Windermere, a picnic in Melbourne, Australia, a sponsored head-shave in Cusco, Peru, and a 15 mile kayak around the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.

The Foundation has also received many generous donations, and  following the launch of a range of Lara’s Foundation tote bags produced by Sri Lanka co-operative, ‘Bags for Life’  and Christmas cards produced from pictures drawn by the children of Agustin Parra school in Simijaca, Colombia, donations continue to pour in.

The goal of Lara’s Foundation is to build English Language capacity in small communities around the world where such knowledge is essential to access higher education, enhance employment opportunities and thus, quality of life. The charity was launched in April 2012 in memory of Lara Jones.

For more information please send an email to info@larasfoundation.co.uk