5 years ago I volunteered and embarked on a journey that changed my life.” As a result of her experiences volunteering and doing charity work, Louise Barea founded her own charity HelpmelearnAfrica with one simple belief – that every child deserves the opportunity to go to school.
In 2013 Louise travelled to Ghana to help build two classrooms in a remote village approximately four hours from the capital Accra. The impact this had on the community was tremendous A year later she returned, as part of a team, to build 4 more classrooms and has ultimately been responsible for constructing a whole school.
She has just returned from her latest visit – the school she has built the Maranatha School now has 370 pupils – all with funds raised in Gibraltar. Most, if not all of the pupils at her school, are football mad.
With one problem, they had access to little or no football kit at all. On her return Louise told the Gibraltar Chronicle:
What they have is football. So after school, before school, any time they can, all they are doing is playing football.”
Prior to departing Louise approached the Gibraltar FA to inquire if she could take some Gibraltar Football kits which would allow the school teams to participate in local and regional football leagues. Instantly this was something which the GFA was delighted to be able to help with. With the kits the GFA provided, Louise has managed to organise teams for U13s u15s and even adults.
Speaking to Gibraltar FA.com Louise stated
That the Gibraltar FA have not only given the kids at Maranatha School Ghana a sense of pride but the opportunity to use football as a tool for a chance at a better future, their donation of kits has now allowed them to compete against other schools in the district but in future possibly against other schools in Ghana.
The GFA is extremely proud of the work Louise has done and the amazing impact that the Gibraltar National Team kits have had in both the Maranatha School and its local community. We look forward to working with Louise and HelpmelearnAfrica in the future.
Louise is currently trying to raise £21,000 to build a school library. To donate to this worthy cause visit www.helpmelearnarfica.com