I’m gonna Build a School

In previous years, I’ve not really thought too hard about contributing to charities. In 2014, I was embarrassed looking back at my annual expenses and noticing that I’d only donated £25 for the year! 

In 2015, I committed to dramatically improving that number and I set the goal of donating £250 in 12 months. I ended up donating £254.88 to 7 different charities. In 2016, I decided to raise the bar to £500 for the year. I ended up donating £750 across 2 charities. 

In 2017, I want to make a bigger impact with my contribution, even if it takes me 2-3 years to get there. So, I decided to build a school. 

I’ve been fortunate enough not to have anything serious happen to my immediate family. I don’t have any strong feelings towards one charity over another – they’re all good causes in my eyes. But this year, I want my contribution to have one focus

After doing a bit of research online I decided to work with a charity in the UK who help to build schools for children in Africa, they’re called Schools For Africa. Here are some photos of what the schools look like before and after the funding. 



school costs £20,000 to build, which is going to take a lot of effort. So, I’ve committed to donating 10% of my course profits directly to Schools For Africa. I’ll also personally donate my profits from elsewhere to help get to that target. 

I’ll set up a Blue Peter style thermometer on the main page (if I can work out how) to give you a visual representation and I’ll update the total each month in my Monthly Goal Updates. 

I don’t have a timeframe currently, but once the course is released for a few months, I should have a better idea of how long it’ll take to get there. At that point I’ll set a goal to achieve it by a certain date and share it with you. 

If you’re interested in donating to help fund the project or have any questions, please contact me direct on the contact form of this Blog. Alternatively, you can help fund the project by investing in the Publishing course I’m working on. 

UK Registered Charity (Number 1127661)


  • weenie

    Reply Reply 22nd January 2017

    All the best for this awesome challenge, Huw!

    Here's a cool free thermometer thingy which you might like:

    Here's a more basic one, in case there are issues with coding: http://www.coolfundraisingideas.net/thermometer/

  • Richard

    Reply Reply 22nd January 2017

    This looks like a very good cause Huw.

    Donating 10% of your course profits is very commendable.


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 22nd January 2017

    Thank you for the well wishes and the thermometer's. I actually prefer the basic one.

    So what do you think? how does it look? 🙂

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 22nd January 2017

    Thanks Richard. I think so too!

    I'm very excited about this goal. Wish me luck!

  • weenie

    Reply Reply 23rd January 2017

    Looks great! 🙂

  • theFIREstarter.co.uk

    Reply Reply 23rd January 2017

    If anyone can build a school it will be you mate!

    I'll definitely chip in. Shoot me an email!

    Is there any scope to actually go over there and help *build the school*? Or do they just need the money?

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 23rd January 2017

    Wow, thanks TFS!

    I appreciate the positive vibes, and the offer of help. I'll drop you an email.

    I think they'll happily take money or time to be honest. You can review the volunteering opportunities to help build the schools on the following link if you're interested – http://www.schoolsforafrica.co.uk/volunteering/

    Thanks again!

  • Kevin max

    Reply Reply 4th April 2018

    Good luck for your challenge!
    Here is some tips how Fundraising Goal Widget encourage donors to help reach a goal.

    Tips here: https://donorbox.org/nonprofit-blog/donorbox-update-donation-meter/

    • Huw Davies

      Reply Reply 5th April 2018

      Thank you for this Kevin. I’ll certainly take a closer look at the details! 🙂

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