Give a school place - or a whole classroom

By staff writers
December 12, 2008
Give a school place or a whole classroom through Save the Children

Giving a virtual gift such as a goat, a camel or a chicken on someone else's behalf has proved a real hit for those who want to give a meaningful gift. Now you can give a school place, or even a whole classroom too, through the Save the Children Wish List.

Going back to school after the long holidays can be a wrench for any child but for some children reaching school can be almost impossible. They might have to travel miles, live with relatives while they're learning, or miss out completely.

That's why Save the Children are building schools in some of the world's most isolated communities, so that children can go to school nearer their homes.

Through Save the Children you can give the gift of a place in a class for a child, or even build a whole classroom, as a gist on someone else's behalf quickly and easily online, for a birthday, Christmas, anniversary or even as a wedding gift.

How Save the Children Do It

For children living in the Sa Long, Huoi Leng and Pa Ham districts of Vietnam, going to school used to be a struggle. The old thatched-roof classrooms leaked, which didn’t just make it hard to study, but was also bad for the children’s health. Many stayed away from school altogether.

This changed in April when money from Wish List enabled them to build new classrooms in four villages. With the money they bought materials, including cement, gravel, stone, sand and corrugated iron, and paid a builder – all things that villagers couldn’t afford.

In each village the whole community got involved – transporting materials to the site, buying some of the wood and undertaking much of the building work.

Now that the classrooms have been built, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of children attending school. As well as better classrooms, they can also enjoy a play area outside, which helps improve their health.

How you can do it

You can give this gift through Save the Children, on someone else's behalf for Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary, or as a wedding present.

The recipient will get a card selected by you with a personalised message telling them what has been given on their behalf.

The card will contain a Wish Certificate with a photo of the gift and a description of the difference this present will make to the lives of some of the world's poorest children.

You'll then receive email confirmation of your purchase and peace of mind that you've got the present all wrapped up!

Every gift from the Save the Children Wish List has been identified by Save the Children's country teams to meet the specific needs of the children and communities they work with.

When you buy a gift from Wish List Save the Children guarantees that your money is spent on the item that you have bought.

Find out more and visit the Save the Children Wish List here

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