Our partnership with Touchstone
Touchstone have partnered with us since 2016, funding the construction of 24 homes in Malawi for orphans and vulnerable children over a three-year period. In 2018, they provided funds to support a project in Siem Reap Cambodia, which will see 17 new homes built and 21 upgraded by the end of 2021. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Touchstone Employee's have travelled overseas to help build home's, meet the families they are supporting, and to see first-hand the impact their contribution is making.
Helping to build communities
Over the past six years Touchstone have funded three year projects in both Cambodia and Malawi.
By the end of 2021, 17 houses benefiting 82 extremely vulnerable people will have been constructed as part of the New Start, New Life Project. An additional 21 properties will be upgraded and renovated for an additional 101 people.
From 2016 – 2019, Touchstone fully funded construction of 24 homes as part of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project in Salima, Malawi.
In both Countries, Touchstone Volunteers have worked side by side with members of the community to construct a number of the homes.
The Malawi project saw the improvement of housing conditions for 96 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through the construction of 24 homes and 24 improved latrines in the Salima District of Malawi.
As a result of this intervention, the children will attain better health status and better home learning conditions – transforming their lives.
In addition to building 17 houses and renovating a further 21 properties in Cambodia the New Start, New life Project will build 10 additional toilets serving 48 people.
Alongside the construction plans, 38 families (182 people) will be given training on financial literacy, home maintenance, and livelihood skills suitable to them and their community. 17 families will also be offered a micro-business grant after completing the training.
In support of our UK work, Touchstone have also funded a feasibility study for the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground based in London.
Not only have the team members physically challenged themselves by laying bricks, mixing mortar, and installing window and door frames whilst overseas.
They have participated in a volunteering day at the Charlie Chaplin Playground in London, taken part in bag packing, completed a steps challenge and boosted their fitness with challenge called ‘Pounds for Pounds’. These activities have helped to raise extra funds to support our work.
Seeing the smile on the families faces at the end made all the hard work worth it and how the whole community came together to help out in any way they could just kept pushing you to try harder. To me I still haven’t really come back to my reality yet and speaking to people who have gone before it doesn’t sound like you ever do and that’s fine by me as that trip, community and the people I shared this experience with will always be a part of me. I think we all had the same feeling when we got back of ‘Just get me on that plane and send me back again’ and that feeling will stay with me forever. Greg, Touchstone.