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14-05-19 From Mango Trees to Dragon Boats! (Punam Deepak, Company Director)

When people ask what I do in my spare time, I have a lot of interests including walking, reading and cooking but as someone who is fortunate to have had a good start in life and a career that I love, I do try to give something back.


Currently I am Club Secretary for the Rotary Club of Edgbaston Convention, part of Rotary International, an organisation that brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service around the world.

I am just one of 1.2 million Rotarians who meet regularly and along with the normal networking, food and a talk or quiz each fortnight, we dream up ways of fund raising and supporting people less fortunate than ourselves.

One of our active projects is the support of a school in in Accra, Ghana called La Future Leaders Community School founded by Billa Mahmud. Working with street, orphans and underprivileged children, this school enables these children to obtain an education, play sports and learn vocational skills which will help them find a job or self-employment. Billa has sadly passed away but the good work is being carried on by his widow Phyllis and her team of committed and tireless volunteers.   

Although schooling is free in Ghana, parents with children of primary school age still have to purchase uniforms, books and sports kit which means that some children never attend school and so are unable to have a brighter future and fulfil their potential.

From acquiring the land and initially teaching children under a mango tree, the school has gradually expanded to small classrooms which have been built with the help of various charities.

I was fortunate enough, along with my fellow Rotarians, to fly out to Ghana in April 2017 to see at first-hand how this project works, what their needs are and how we can raise funds to support them. It was a very interesting and educational experience and you can truly appreciate how even small donations can make such a world of difference to over 150 children who would otherwise be excluded from education due to poverty.

The school has now moved from temporary buildings into a new school and the Rotary Club of Edgbaston Convention has raised funds to provide much needed desks.




There is still much to be done. Lordswood Girls School in Birmingham also support this noble project and sends a team of volunteer teachers and students to help the school every summer.

One of our main fund raising activities for the school is organising a Dragon Boat race on the Edgbaston Reservoir on the first weekend in June every year. 

D & A Solicitors , sponsors a boat at the Dragon Boat event every year and apart from having a lot of fun and fellowship, we are able to help raise funds for the school.





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