"Empowering people through education"
What is the Aurora Foundation?
The Aurora Foundation is a not for profit organisation that support projects in the UK and abroad which will benefit our students and staff and will provide opportunities for under privileged groups.
Importantly we do not just dispense funds. We look to provide support, expertise and resources to help setup projects and then provide education to all groups involved so that the project can become sustainable and self-sufficient.
What projects does the Foundation support?
Our first focus is on supporting Dream Big Ghana, an initiative established to provide sanitation and education to a community situated in the Volta region of Ghana, two hours from the capital, Accra.
In time, the Aurora Foundation will also be the umbrella organisation through which our individual services (schools and care homes) can fundraise through in order to support local projects in their own communities and abroad.
What is the Foundation project model?
For information on who we support and criteria for projects, please see the ‘Project Criteria’ document. The below gives you a brief overview of our strategy for projects.
Facilitate: Working with the local communities/groups we identify issues they are facing and that matter to them, and then work together to come up with sustainable solutions. The Foundation’s role is to bring expertise from within the Aurora Group and its partners to get the projects up and running.
Educate: For a project to work we need to educate all parties involved. Education may centre around how certain aspects of a project work e.g. functional or technology elements. Or around sanitation and healthcare benefits of a project.
Sustain: Every project we do, the biggest factor is that it must be completely self-sufficient and sustainable so we can eventually take a step back.
Dream Big Ghana Partnership - Ghana
Our first project will be supporting an NGO Dream Big Ghana (DBG), an initiative established to provide sanitation and education to a community situated in the Volta region of Ghana, two hours from the capital, Accra. Working with the local community DBG has already provided 60 compost toilets benefiting over 1,200 people.
Aurora's connection with DBG came through our CEO Stephen Bradshaw. In 2012 Stephen helped DBG's founder, Dougal Croudace, setup the Dream Big Ghana Foundation which is a UK charity, with the NGO having already been established in 2009.
After setting up The Aurora Group in 2015, and The Aurora Foundation in 2016, the values of the Foundation and those of DBG were a natural fit for each other and we started exploring how we could work together.
In October 2016, our partnership started with The Foundation providing funds for the community to finish the Learning Centre which is due for completion towards the end of the year.
In 2018 our partnership will focus on four key areas which we hope will improve the quality of lives for the local communities, but also provide a valuable learning experience for our staff and students.
1. Sending Aurora staff and students out to DBG
Assist DBG with the building of compost toilets.
School building maintenance work
Teaching and healthcare work
Teaching and healthcare education in community
2. Girls Education and Healthcare
Increase accessibility of education to girls through community centre and technology
Provide education to girls on healthcare and sanitation with the hope of reducing illness and fatalities from related issues.
Increase number of compost toilets in communities.
3. Special Needs Education
Education on special needs to students, parents and teachers.
Provide sustainable solutions to improve quality of life for children and adults with special needs in Ghana.
4. Mentoring and exchange programmes with teachers, carers and health workers
Staff exchange in Ghana and UK