Long term projects

The Trust encourages even greater co-operation between partners serving people in disadvantaged areas.

The key to many opportunities for those who live in disadvantaged is education.

In Britain

  • The project has developed numerous links with schools in Moray and has raised awareness of the Save the Children programmes of 'Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play' and their Families And Schools Together (FAST) programme. Over 30 groups joined together for A Teddy Bear Picnic at Alves Primary School in order to raise awareness of their works;Children 1st and Moray Fresh Start were involved as well as RAF Lossiemouth, 39 Regiment of the Royal Engineers in Kinloss who may also send their children to the school. The work of Opportunity International and Rotary International and 'Give Them a Sporting Chance' were involved.
  • The Trust is investigating a project for young people in some of the disadvantaged areas of English Coastal towns. 
  • Several projects in the West of England are encouraging the young, especially in disadvantaged areas through sport with The Pride of Somerset. 
  • We are working with disabled and disadvantaged students through the Rotary Club of Taunton with the RYA and the Tectona Tall Ships project
  • Work is also envisaged with Superact and the Bandstand Festivals in the West of England to encourage the young into even more activity. All these West of England projects are being championed by Peter Renshaw

The work of Opportunity International is central to all our initiatives in Britain and elsewhere


  • Kenya: support for the work of The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent as well as Save the Children with those hurt in the Westgate Mall atrocity. 
  • Nairobi: the refurbished and now the long term maintenance of the playing field of the Jacaranda School for disadvantaged and disabled children. This project was led by Suzy Belcher with Gemineye and ATA Construction, Gossamer Crossing (EA), Rotary International, Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme students, Starehe Boys School students as well as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Kuku Foods (K), who fed the work force and many other people. Since this initiative Sararicom, a major communication company in Kenya has started to build a dormitory for the school. The work in Kenya was made possible by the support of Ann Gloag, Stagecoach and the Balcraig Foundation as well as Bill and Hilda Robertson and  the Robertson Group.
  • Cambodia: support for a farmer helping children who have lost limbs. It is hoped to involve The Elizabeth Legacy of Hope Charity.
  • Ghana: a project is being co-ordinated by Anne Wadsworth with various groups linking sanitation and health providing wells, health care services and health education, similar to the Naivasha Women’s Health Care Centre in Kenya which members of Chaffinch visited in its early days
  • Guatemala City: a project has been suggested by Georges de la Roches du Roncet,formerly the Guatemalan Ambassador in Ottawa and recently the  Ambassador for Guatemala in India. The plan is to work with a low income young people in a housing construction project, developing the work of the private sector, charities and the government in a public-private partnership, building on the initiative of a Canadian Rotary Club and the Castillo Love Foundation
  • Malawi:the Trust is working with Gairloch High School in Wester Ross,Scotland and Mlozi LEA School (Dedza District) in Malawi as a result of an educational link initiated by Global Teacher,Dr Clare Caley and former Headteacher,John Port
  • Nepal: the Trust is working on the ‘Water for all’ (NEWAH) Project of Rotary International with Rotary Assistant District Governor, Graeme Archibald and Rotarian Bill Duncan from Moray. The Rotary Club of Elgin has raised $100,000 for this sixth water project.
  • Work regarding issues with women empowerment including Female Genital Mutilation and the Sumburu Kids as seen in the film ‘The White Maasai’. 
  • A project is being developed by Karima Hirji in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa in collaboration with The Wildlands Conservstion Trust in order to support a housing development in a particularly challenging area. It is hoped that The Trust will be able to build on this initiative and mirror the work in a disadvantaged area of Mumbai, India
  • Yemen: the Trust, through Ben Goss, is working to support an International school in Soqotra with the British Yemen Society, SuperAct,The Pride of Somerset and a British and French Rotary Club.
  • A project is anticipated, one day, for young people in Syria,The Lebanon,Pakistan and Iran with friends in The International Red Cross and Red Crescent and the World Food Programme of The UN and numerous other organiasations and charities. 

We stress that the work of Swinfen Telemedicine and Opportunity International and an understanding of their aims involved in medical support and micro finances are central to our initiatives. 

Ben@chaffinchtrust.com, The Chaffinch Trust, The Steadings, Milton Brae, Milton Duff, IV30 8TL
Charity number: SCO 43561