Gabriel on 938Live

Gabriel Teo, founder of Tana River Life Foundation was interviewed by Michelle Martin of 938Live. The segments were broadcast this week over They are Making a Difference, a daily series that runs at these times : Mon-Fri 6.45 pm. 11.45 am, 1.45 pm 8.20 pm. If you missed it over radio, you can listen to each segment using the links below.

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2011 Audited Report has been uploaded

The 2011 Audited Report of Tana River Life Foundation has been uploaded. Click here to download.

Gentle reminder for those of us in Singapore that Gabriel will be featured on the TV documentary series Everyday Heroes on Thursday 14th June at 9pm over Channel 5. Here is a trailer of the series.

Gabriel featured in "Everyday Heroes Trailer"

Gabriel featured in “Everyday Heroes Trailer”. Watch out for it at 9pm on 14th June over Channel 5

Catch Gabriel on TV

Watch Gabriel in this trailer for Every Heroes. His story will be aired on Thursday 14 June at 9pm over Mediacorp Channel 5.

Gabriel on radio – BFM 89.9 Kuala Lumpur and 938 Live

Gabriel was interviewed on BFM 89.9 a radio station in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 13th March 2012. He speaks about his life, work and motivations.
http://www.bfm.my/the-tana-river-life-foundation.html

Last August, Gabriel was interviewed on 938 Live.

http://www.podcast.sg/radiopodcast/938/MDC110301_0000002/audio/MDC110802-0000003.mp3

Thanks for supporting our Book Drives

Thanks for your generous contributions of books, time and energy. Over the last 3 years, we have shipped almost 15,000 books to the libraries built and supported by Tana River Life Foundation. Inspired by a single photo of empty shelves in a school library, we embarked on this project, which has since brought the joy of books to the community.

The photo that inspired the project to fill the libraries in the community

The photo that inspired the project to fill the libraries in the community

Students and teachers unpacking books shipped from Singapore. Book Drive 2009

Students and teachers unpacking books shipped from Singapore. Book Drive 2009

Children of the community supported by Tana River Life Foundation enjoying the books shipped from Singapore. Book Drive 2010

Children of the community supported by Tana River Life Foundation enjoying the books shipped from Singapore. Book Drive 2010

The library shelves are no longer bare. Thanks to your support of the Tana River Life Foundation Book Drives, the students are able to enjoy libraries within their schools and communities

The library shelves are no longer bare. Thanks to your support of the Tana River Life Foundation Book Drives, the students are able to enjoy libraries within their schools and communities

Thanks to one and all who supported us over the last 2 weekends.

Tana River Life Foundation Jumble Sale 2012

Tana River Life Foundation Jumble Sale 2012

Thanks for supporting the Tana River Life Foundation Bake Sale and Jumble Sale. The bake sale raised over $7,000 for the Education Centre Project, where every dollar raised will be matched by Joneron Trust, making that a total of $14,000. The Jumble Sale raised over $8000 which will pay for the shipment of the used items collected for the Mitumba Project.

Special thanks to Siewfan Wong of Gallery Helios for allowing us to setup stall at their Open House, Gina Choong of Kitchen Capers for supplying our packaging and Esther Wee of Halia Restaurant for sponsoring the ingredients !

Here are a few photos of the yummy cakes and cookies

Our youngest supporter who loved her find, a gorgeous pink backpack :

Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation have been featured in more press articles

In the last couple of months, Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation have been featured in press articles both here in Singapore and in Africa. Check out these articles to understand a little more about his work, what drives him and how he has touched the lives to thousands in Kenya.

Article on Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation – ST Feb 18 2012

Airline Magazine Article featuring Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation

Helping hands across the seas – ST 3 July 2011 from SP

Watch up for an upcoming TV interview of Gabriel and the architects of the Education Centre Project as they talk about the work that has gone into the building of a school and community facilities in the Tana River Delta. Tune in to AM Live ! on 12th March on Channel News Asia.

Education Centre Project

Tana River Life Foundation ( TRLF ) is embarking on a project to provide affordable quality education to the communities in the Tana River Delta.  Facilities include a kindergarten, a primary school, a community centre with library, computer lab, seminar rooms, meeting areas, designated areas to house income generating projects (e.g. cafeteria) for the foundation, hostel for staff and visiting donor partners and offices. Oriented to benefit from natural ventilation and lighting, the buildings have been designed to be environmentally sustainable incorporating solar power and rainwater harvesting.

First Floor Plan of Education Centre Project

First Floor Plan of Education Centre Project

Artist Impression of Education Centre Project

Artist Impression of Education Centre Project

For more information on the project, watch the interview of Gabriel Teo and the architects from AEDAS on Channel News Asia. http://www1.channelnewsasia.com/amlive/2012/03/14/interviews-charity-work/

Frequently Asked Questions :

Q : When will construction begin ?
A : Construction will begin by mid-2012
Q : How many children will benefit from the project?
A : When fully operational, the school will benefit over 450 children annually while the community centre will benefit over 3,000 people.
Q : Will the community be able to afford the school fees ?
A : The school fees will be set based on prevailing market rates. Children from economically disadvantaged families will be eligible for bursary assistance from TRLF.
Q : How much does the project cost ?
A : Sitting on a 12 acre site with a built up area of 40,000 sq ft,  the school, the community centre and office for the foundation will cost S$2,000,000 to build to 3 years from 2012 to 2015.  This includes the construction cost,  utilities including wells, solar panels as well as professional fees.  Jonarons Trust, a private charitable trust has committed to match dollar for dollar for all funds raised by TRLF for this project.
Q : How can I help ?
A : Contribute to our building fund. You can choose to
•Sponsor the computer lab at $90,000
•Sponsor the library / seminar room / outdoor meeting area at $85,000
•Sponsor a classroom at S$22,000 per classroom ( 10 classrooms )
•Sponsor access road and culvert drainage at entrance at S$12,000
•Sponsor an office at $10,800 per office ( 6 offices )
•Sponsor a student bathroom at $2,200 per cubicle ( 14 cubicles )
•Sponsor a second well at $2,000
•Sponsor a solar facility in modules of S$1,000
•Sponsor a window at $200 per window
•Sponsor a door at $100 per door
•Buy a brick at $50 per brick

Contact Gabriel Teo gabrielteo@yahoo.com +65-9232-0222 +254-723-521774

Click here to download a copy of the Tana River Life Foundation Education Centre Project factsheet.

This design of the centre was made possible by Aedas Pte Ltd and Arup Singapore.

Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation were featured in the press

Great News ! The Sunday Times ran an article on 3rd July 2011 on folks who started charities and foundations overseas.

Gabriel was the lead story. The journalist called him in Kenya for a phone interview 2 days before the article was published.

For those of you who missed the story, here are 2 copies of the article for your reading pleasure.

One of it is scanned copy and the other is a text extract from Factiva. Enjoy !

Scanned Straits Times article on Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation – 3 July 2011

Straits Times article on Gabriel Teo and Tana River Life Foundation – 3 July 2011, no photos

Incidentally we have collected 10,000 books for the libraries supported by the foundation. Thank you one and all.

I will be closing the collection and have started fundraising for the cost of shipping the container load of books, the required books shelves and school furniture. We have raised $3050 to date and are still looking for $950. Please let me know if you would like to contribute to this worthy cause.

7770 books collected, sorted and packed to date. Thanks for all your help !

Two-an-a-half months after we started the book drive, we have collected, sorted, labeled and packed 7770 books. Thank you one and all who have helped us through spreading the word, digging deep into your collections, collecting from your friends, helping us sort, count, pack and label the books. This is our largest collection to date since we started the annual book drives for the libraries in the Tana River district in Kenya in 2009. We are humbled by your generosity.

This year our efforts were enormously helped by the media coverage that the National Library Board and Orchard Central / Far East Organization generously provided us with, in conjunction with the NLB Book Exchange and the OC Book Swop respectively. Thank you Fang Chin, Amy & team from the NLB, and Lay Kheng and team from Far East Organization.

Here are the newspaper articles that mentioned Tana River Life Foundation and our efforts to collect books for the libraries in Kenya.

ST Article June 6 – OC Book Swop

ST Article 18 April – NLB Book Exchange 2011

Lian He Zao Bao Article 18 April – Book Exchange 2011