Mrs Helen Tilley

My first visit to Tanzania was in 1991 when with my husband David I went out to visit his sister Liz who worked there for many years.  We travelled extensively and had a life changing experience as we saw the poverty and hardship of so many people.  We both came back with the strong desire to return and to do something to make a difference.  We became involved the the organisation ‘Soapbox’, which sends teams of willing people into third-world countries on short term missions.  I joined David to lead teams in the summer, and inspired by the vision of the Bishop of Dodoma, Tanzania, we took the first team to dig the first foundations of the St, Michael’s Secondary school, high in the hills of Kilolo, about an hours drive from Dodoma.  At the end of that first trip we  left with the brickwork in progress.

It is incredible to think of that small beginning, and to see the school as it is now, educating 300 students, many of them sponsored in their education through the trust.  It was David’s wish that the fundraising and support he was able to provide should continue into the future, and in 2010 the Foundation was set up in his name and achieved charitable status.  As a group of trustees we have furthered our projects to help provide support where it is most needed.  I am so pleased to be part of the team of such enthusiastic people who like myself want to progress this work into the future.  I am particularly interested in fundraising and in being able to send support to projects in most need.