In the developing world education has a transformative effect on lives. There are over 250 million children in the world who lack basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Hark Angels Mission is to work with impoverished communities to build schools, Empowering them to support their children in obtaining an education in order to fulfil their full potential.
If you’d like to help us make a difference, please feel free to donate to Hark Angel’s next school build. Every donation big or small is greatly appreciated.
In 2012 Richie Harkham went to Kenya to build a dining hall extension at a boarding house for young girls in a Masaai community.
His experience there opened his eyes to the reality of child labour and intergenerational poverty in the developing world.Seeing the real struggles these children faced in obtaining an education and breaking this vicious cycle, Richie committed himself to assisting in this process where he could.
After previous involvement in charity work in both Africa and Mynamar, Richard decided to found his own not for profit organisation, Hark Angel.
The catalyst for this was Richie’s desire to honour the memory of a young boy who provided a donor knee after Richard was involved in a serious accident. Hark Angel's first project will be to build a school in the donor's honour so that his memory can live on through the improved lives of the children attending.
IDENTIFY POSSIBLE COMMUNITIES
We identify possible communities that need schools and who are dedicated to their children's education.
ANALYSE AND PLAN
We work closely with the local community to understand what they need and the best way to achieve these goals.
DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR
100% direct funding- dollar for dollar that's donated goes directly to the cause. All travel, food and accommodation expenses whilst doing projects are privately paid for by the individuals.
Hark Angel requires the community to make a contribution (through either money, labour or materials) to the building of the school. The community then owns the school.
OBTAIN GOVERNMENT APPROVALS
We attain government approvals to ensure ongoing government funded teachers will be provided to staff the schools.
EMPOWER LOCAL PROFESSIONALS
The building is done by local construction professionals and engineers, overseen by our team.
Once the school is completed we will regularly monitor and stay in contact with the community offering support as required.
A day in the life of Lucy chronicles an inspiring young Masaai girl's everyday struggle and the responsibilities girls such as Lucy face. Lucy's story provides some much needed perspective on how other people in the world live, the hardships they face and the grace and dignity they display in dealing with these.
Thaipaioo is a twelve year old boy with the weight of his families survival on his shoulders. A deaf father, a sister killed in a house fire, another sister that is blind and a mother that struggles to make ends meet through running a laundry from the house, Thai is forced to work twelve hour days in a slum bar during the school holidays to help them survive.
Thai’s greatest love in life is school and he is a gifted student, his future success with his studies being the only realistic means his family have of possibly changing their lives however the families poverty and circumstances mean there is a real possibility that Thai may need to drop out of school to work full time.
If you'd like an insight into the process of our school builds, this short, one minute video shows images from the building of a Hark Angel school at Chaetaw Village
We recently completed our third school build. Take a look at the video of Kan Kew Village, it’s eager students and what the school brings to the community.