I am setting up the UK arm of the South African charity, Desmond Tutu 2015 Tutudesk Campaign Centre. The aim of the organisation is to provide portable school desks (known as Tutudesks) to children in sub Saharan Africa.
Over 95 million school children in Sub Saharan Africa don’t have the benefit of classroom desks (worldwide, it’s estimated at over 400m). This then directly prejudices the development of the child's literacy and academic performance, as well as affecting their ability to concentrate in class. To date over 1 million desks have been distributed. TutuDesk’s objective is to distribute a further 20 million desks to 20m children by 2015.
Tutudesk UK will be run as a social enterprise. The main sources of funding are derived from corporates, development agencies and NGOs/philanthropic organisations. In return for funding organisations can imprint the top of the desk with their messaging, whether that is brand of product information connected to a corporate, social messaging, or just purely educational materials.