Over the years, we’ve funded a variety of projects covering health, education and the environment. Here are some of the highlights.
One of our early successes was to fund Earthwatch’s research into critical ocean issues such as marine debris, ocean acidification and biodiversity loss. As a result of this research, Earthwatch Australia secured funding from major corporations for a new research program on coral health at Orpheus Island, Queensland and also for a national partnership to improve ocean health.
We contributed to a number of community projects in the Lufwanyama district, alongside Gemfields plc. This included new buildings at Chapula and Kapila Schools and the Nkana clinic and support for the Blessing Farms and Kapila Green farming co-operatives.
Working with Ace Africa, we funded the distribution of nutritional supplements and medication to orphans and vulnerable children and people living with AIDS. We also supported a program to provide sanitary pads for 12-16 year old girls so they could attend school regularly.
We stepped in to support the distribution of a new Eco-stove, which had demonstrated a 50% reduction in firewood usage in a pilot scheme. The stoves make cooking safer, healthier and easier and give children more time to attend school.
After working with a number of charities on projects like these, we decided to create an independent charity to further focus our efforts. The Colourful Life Foundation is now at the heart of our support for communities and is carrying forward the projects in Tanzania and Madagascar while supporting water harvesting projects in Kenya and investigating a number of projects elsewhere.