Local charity Help Me Learn Africa has received a grant of 50,000 euros from the UEFA Foundation for Children, after being nominated by the Gibraltar FA, who have worked with the charity previously, including donating national team kits.
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The charity, run by Gibraltarian Louise Barea, aims to raise funds for children in Africa to have an education, with their aim being to support local community schools in impoverished countries, whilst empowering people to volunteer and gain life-changing experiences. The charity has notably worked in Ghana, and due to its long-standing relationship with the GFA, it was nominated to the UEFA Foundation Board of Trustees, who today confirmed to the GFA that the charity would receive the grant of 50,000 EUR.
After the news was announced, GFA General Secretary Ivan Robba, talking on the official GFA site, said: “This is a fantastic recognition for Help Me Learn Africa, and a first for a Gibraltar charity, as the UEFA Foundation is a prestigious foundation that has worked with many charities worldwide. I have known Louise for many years and have been following her incredible work with Help Me Learn Africa which goes from strength to strength.
Her dedication to the cause is exemplary, and I had no hesitation in nominating the charity for this award. I am extremely happy for her and all those who will benefit from this award, and also grateful to the Board of Trustees of UEFA Foundation for Children for choosing our nomination.”
Also speaking to the GFA site, Louise Barea, founder of the charity, said: “I am in complete shock. I really didn’t expect to receive such recognition, but it just proves what I believe; that in life the more you give the more you receive. This award will have a huge impact on the lives of thousands of children living below the poverty line and I am excited to show the world all that we can do with it.
Thank you UEFA Foundation for Children for choosing Help Me Learn Africa, and a massive thank you to Ivan Robba for nominating us and to the Gibraltar FA for the ongoing support, trust and faith in me and my charity.”
HelpMeLearnAfrica are looking to expand into Kenya and Uganda in 2020, and you can find out more about the charitable organisation here.