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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019

Duleek woman raising funds to build a village school in Ghana

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Laura with some of the local chiefs in the village in Ghana where she wants to build a school.

Seeking sponsors for a climb up Ireland’s highest mountain

Laura Smits-Weldon is originally from Duleek but for the past 22 years she has lived in the Netherlands with her husband Peter.

In 2014 Laura spent some time volunteering in a primary school in Kunsu which is in Ghana, West Africa and, on her return home, she and Peter decided to raise money to fund a school bus which was badly needed as many children had to walk very long distances to get to school and some didn't attend.

“It was a great addition to the school!” Laura said. “However, after several more visits, I realised how rundown the school was and in such a bad state of repair.

“I discussed with Peter as to what we should do and we concluded that we could set up a foundation and raise money to build a new school.”

In 2016 they set up their foundation 'Dare2Care' which is officially registered in the Netherlands and dedicated to building a primary school in a small village in Ghana.

In September 2018, the doors of the first phase of the school opened. It consists of five classrooms, three toilets, one washroom and an office/teacher's room /storage. There are currently 100 pupils attending school!

The children attending lessons 

“We are now busy fundraising for phase two” Laura told Drogheda Life. “It will consist of four more classrooms and four toilets.”

“We have planned a sponsored hike of Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntoohil in County Kerry, on May 14th along with about 15 people and we are looking for sponsors.

“If you would like to sponsor me I would be very grateful. All the money goes straight to the school” she concluded.

For more information, or to make a donation, see the Dare to Care Facebook page.

Phase one of the school, fundraising is underway for phase two.

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