‘When you have more than you need, build a longer table not a higher fence’
Every week I get to travel globally to do what I do. I get to experience those wonderful first world problems of delayed plane departures, phone charger compatibility issues and hotel rooms with jammed A/C controls. But global travel teaches you many things. There are countries where clean drinking water is not a guarantee, where the education system is not available to all, where simple treatable conditions like Malaria kill every day. Closer to home, there are parents struggling to get the support they need for their critically ill children, refugees trying to make a new life but trapped in a no-man’s land camp for years, people we pass on the street every day that have nowhere to sleep tonight.
Choosing one over another is hard, if not impossible. So, we have decided that the KH Foundation will not choose. It will be a foundation that simply builds that longer table. Who we ask to sit at that table with us will change. In that way, over time, we can feel that we have made some difference to causes that matter to us, and to you our clients. If you are reading this and have an initiative that you feel is worthy of our attention, please reach out. Every year we will put our effort and focus into supporting and making a difference to causes that matter to us.
The foundation activities are funded from a percentage of the revenue from every speech I deliver worldwide. It makes every moment I step on stage even more worthwhile, adding to my own personal ‘why’.
2019/2020Bake school in Cameroon
This is the biggest project the KH Foundation has taken on to date, and utilises our resources across two years.
I have always believed in Education. My parents invested in mine, and I understand the privilege it gave me in this world. Not everyone is as lucky, particularly in third-world countries.
A school building program in Cameroon Africa caught my attention many years ago. Children squashed into over-crowded rural schools trying their best to learn, in buildings that leak, often blow down in heavy storms and have no sanitary facilities. Short on text books and proper desks.
The idea of being able to make a difference to many children over decades, by providing them with clean, safe school buildings, proper sanitary facilities and an environment where the teachers can properly educate excites me. To help a few, but over time, hopefully many.
We partnered with a UK Charity Building Schools for Africa, who themselves partner with SHUMAS, a UN approved small local charity, meaning that every Euro donated to the school building project goes to the village and the local economy. We also chose this partnership as we liked their community involvement model. The local community also have to provide some funding (albeit small) and prepare the ground for building and source local materials. Local involvement and ownership is key, so that projects like this are a helping hand, and not a hand-out. This model is well designed and tested.
The building of the school began in the village of Bakéin the early summer of 2019, and was officially opened on the 5th November that year.