Furniture for Education Worldwide (FEW) is a National Charity and was launched in London at the House of Commons in November 2008.
The Charity’s aim is to send all the surplus and redundant furniture from school and office renovations here in the UK to some of the world's poorest schools.
To date, the Charity has sent 40ft containers filled with tables chairs computers books, book shelf's blackboards etc. to India, the Gambia, Ghana, Pakistan etc.
The equipment will enhance the prospects for thousands of children across the world. Children who have been trying to rest on their bags or on the concrete floor can now sit at a desk and work in a more structured environment. Not only do we help children across the world, our Charity has a great impact on the environment as our furniture is recycled and re-used, not added to landfill sites or added to the toxic pollutants in the atmosphere.
The Charity was established by Terry Burns MBE (Chairman - Lancashire County Council) and Mike Tull (Head Teacher – Marsden Heights Community College) following a visit to Schools around Pakistan. Terry and Mike were appalled at the lack of furniture and resources in the Schools. “Most of the Schools consisted of nothing but a concrete room and painted blackboard – no tables or chairs even for the children to use.”
Upon their return to Burnley, Terry and Mike discovered the first School under the Building Schools for the Future programme were being demolished. “It was a terrible sight to see hundreds of tables and chairs and other School equipment that was useable being bulldozed and put into skips when there is so much need for this equipment across the world.” This then inspired Terry and Mike to launch the Charity.
We have no shortage of equipment that we can send and there is certainly no shortage of children across the World that need it, however, we do need the funds to transport the equipment.
We hold various events to raise funds and awareness of the Charity, if you would like to attend one of our events please contact us. Alternatively, there are many other ways of supporting FEW through giving your time voluntarily or cash donations.
Your donations and support helps change the futures for thousands of children across the World.
Please, if you care about the future for children all over the world, Text FEWC14 and an amount of your choice (i.e. FEWC14 £10) to 70070 and help us to make a difference.