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£3,725
raised of £5,500 target by 48 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,725 to enable Sam's brother Gilbert to complete the second year of chef school in Cape Town.

    Brussels, Belgium
    Funded on Monday, 31st May 2021

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    Story

    This was Gilbert when I first met him in Malawi aged 7, living in abject poverty, no shoes, rags for clothes, and not many prospects. His mum had recently died, his dad was not involved and life was tough. You can see the uncertainty and fear on his face. We had just adopted his baby brother and are committed to helping his wider family.

    The photo below was taken a few months ago when I went to Vryburg, South Africa on the occasion of Gilbert's graduation from Tygerkloof school. An incredible transformation.

    Gilbert has worked hard, faced the challenges in his life, dreamed big and is now ready to move on to get practical skills to enable him to stand on his own feet and be a success in the world. He speaks great English, is renowned for his integrity and is a hard worker. His mum would have been really proud of him.

    The International Hotel School in Cape Town, South Africa have accepted Gilbert to start training as a chef in July 2018. They run a practical diploma course, with hands on experience in hotels and great post-graduation employment rates. They have an excellent reputation and accept students from all over the world.

    The total cost per year will be £13,000 and the course lasts for 2 years. So far, we've raised £7,500 per year personally and with some help from some family and friends. We still need to raise the balance of £5,500 for this year and the same again for next year.

    Can you help us make this dream come true?

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    • Rachel Forster3 years ago
      Rachel Forster

      Rachel Forster

      3 years ago

      We've learnt today that Gilbert's grandmother, the matriarch of the family has passed away in Dedza. She was an amazingly resilient woman, full of character and grit and determined to do things her way. Here is a picture of when I met her 15 years ago, with a rather snotty nosed young Gilbert in the bottom left of the picture. May she rest in peace. It is imperative that Gilbert travels back urgently to Malawi for a week or so as a key member of this family. Will you help us raise the £350 needed. Thanks for your help.

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    • Rachel Forster3 years ago
      Rachel Forster

      Rachel Forster

      3 years ago

      Well Gilbert is part way through his second year of chef school now. This year is pastry and we’ve seen some impressive photos. We still need some more funds to complete the rest of this year and help him find a job. If you can help, please donate here. A big thank you from Gilbert for this life changing opportunity.

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    • Rachel Forster3 years ago
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    48

    • Sarah & Phil Naylor

      Sarah & Phil Naylor

      Jan 16, 2020

      £40.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 18, 2019

      Good luck!

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 17, 2019

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 1, 2019

      Cook up a storm, Gilbert! :D

      £100.00

    • simon solway

      simon solway

      May 8, 2019

      hi Rachel - sorry just sported this - same he is not training to be a Baker - happy to support x

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 18, 2019

    • Jeneric McCoy

      Jeneric McCoy

      Mar 7, 2019

      Keep up the good work Gilbert! We are looking forward to tasting one of your delicious 😋 meals one day!!

      £500.00

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    Rachel Forster

    Rachel Forster

    Brussels, Belgium

    A woman on a mission! Passionate advocate for the rights of those who, through no fault of their own, are left without a voice and with insufficient opportunities to do well in this world. Grateful for the privilege and education I have been given and ready for change!

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