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 wanted to make a bigger impact with my contribution, even if it took 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 'Building Schools For Africa'. Here are some photos of what the schools look like before and after the funding.



A 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 Building Schools for Africa. I’m also personally donating a proportion of my income every month to help get to the target.

I’ve set up a 'Blue Peter' style thermometer to give you a visual representation of my progress, and I’ll update the total each month in my Monthly Goal Updates.

I'm unsure how much money my course will raise, so it's difficult to accurately predict a timeframe. For now, I'm setting the goal to reach the target by 31st December 2020.


Would you like to help?

If you’re interested in donating to help fund the project or have any questions about it, please contact me direct at Huw@FinanciallyFreeBy40.com. Any contribution you offer will be gratefully received. Thank you!


UK Registered Charity (Number 1127661)

(Updated: 30/04/18)