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.

Jumble Sale in aid of Tana River Life Foundation

Thanks for the items you’ve donated. We are now almost done with the sorting and packing all the donated reusable items for the 2011 Mitumba Project. We intend the ship the items over to Kenya in a single 20 footer container in March 2011. Gabriel is very grateful to all who offered their time generously to help Eddy in one way or another with the mammoth task of sorting and packing through the mountain of goods. Thanks also for bringing down all the food, Gabriel & Eddy probably added on a few kilos during the past two weeks.

Some of the high value items which will not be shipped to Kenya including some pieces of bags, toys & furniture will be available at a jumble sale this weekend to raise funds for the shipment of the goods to Kenya. Proceeds of the jumble sale will go entirely towards the freight forwarding and clearing charges for the shipment. Our aim is to make the Mitumba Project a self sustaining endeavour. Join us this weekend at the Nativity Church, the collection venue. 2 pieces of lightly used chinese furniture will also be available.

Details of the jumble sale are below :

Venue: St. Joseph’s Pavilion (outside Casa Maria)
Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1259 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534759

 

Click here for the map : http://www.streetdirectory.com/asia_travel/travel/travel_id_1724/travel_site_85524/

Chinese furniture being sold in aid of Tana River Life Foundation

Lightly used Chinese Cabinet Console. View #1

Lightly used Chinese Cabinet Console. View #1. L172cm x W48cm x H80cm. $1300

Lightly used Chinese chest. View #1

Lightly used Chinese chest. View #1. L50cm x W40cm x H51cm. $700

An anonymous supporter has kindly donated a cabinet and chinese chest to Tana River Life Foundation. These beautiful pieces have been lightly used and are available immediately. They are being sold at $1300 and $700 respectively, or for $1900 for both. All proceeds will go towards Tana River Life Foundation. Please contact me, Iris if you’re interested in purchasing or viewing them.

An Evening of Food, Fun & Philanthropy

Gallery Helios is organising an awareness session on Friday, 21 January 2011, for Gabriel Teo and the Tana River Life Foundation.

Gabriel Teo, the founder of Tana River Life Foundation is back in town and Gallery Helios is hosting a session for Gabriel to meet folks who have contributed or supported the foundation. There will be some children’s art for sale, the proceeds of which will be contributed to the foundation. Gabriel will update us on the inspiring work the foundation has been doing as well as the progress on the past year’s projects. The takings for the dinner will be donated to the foundation.

Time : Friday, January 21 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location : Gallery Helios, 38 Petain Road, Singapore

Gabriel has been living and working with the poor in rural Kenya since 1995. In 2005, he founded Tana River Life Foundation, a non-profit organisation, which supports sustainable living in rural Kenya. This foundation helps women and children from poor villages in the Tana River delta receive education and obtain skills to achieve self-sufficiency. He believes that when mothers are provided a means to a livelihood, their children will be fed and educated, thereby creating a virtuous cycle. Gabriel builds schools, gives out scholarships, promotes sustainable agriculture and helps women supplement their family incomes through the sale of second-hand items donated in Singapore and Malaysia.

More information on the Tana River Life Foundation is available at http://www.tanariverlifefoundation.org

There will also be some children’s art for sale during the evening.

This event is ticketed at $80 per person, which includes wine and a selection of hors d’oeuvres prepared by JAM, a young, innovative trio of culinary talent recently featured in Epicure Asia Magazine and the Business Times.

The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the Foundation.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, 19 January 2011.

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Menu

Savoury Palate Pleasers

~Insalata Caprese~

jambu manis, sweet basil, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes

~Forest of Mushrooms~

sautéed Swiss browns, champignons and fresh shitake in pastry shells

~Bún Rau Việt Nam~

rice vermicelli, fresh herbs, julienned vegetables and a savoury Vietnamese dipping sauce

~Meatball Marinara~

pork and beef meatballs with a homemade marinara sauce

~Salmon & Capers~

smoked salmon and capers on cream cheese filled pastry shells

~TAP Salad~

diced tomato, avocado and prawns with a kaffir lime dressing

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Sweet Palate Pleasers

~Bananas Calypso~

pisang raja flambé and gula Melaka syrup in pastry shells

~Apple Cinnamon & Water Chestnut~

apple cinnamon compote, water chestnut and grenadine sprinkles in pastry shells

~Sea Salt Caramel~

macarons with salted caramel filling

Children’s Art 2011 – In Aid of Tana River Life Foundation

Thanks to Lily Tan and her 3 very talented children, these works of children’s art have been commissioned specially for the foundation. Kimberly, Nathalie and Alexander Pang aged 15, 11 and 1o respectively, have donated these pieces and all proceeds will towards the foundation.

The works are being exhibited at Gallery Helios thanks to Wong Siew Fan and her team.

Here’s a preview of the works.Click here to down a summary of the list of works available for sale.

If you’d like to purchase them or view the actual pieces, please contact us.

Children's art in aid of Tana River River Foundaton

Preview of the art being exhibited at Gallery Helios - Part 1 of 3

Children's art in aid of Tana River River Foundation

Preview of the art being exhibited at Gallery Helios - Part 2 of 3

Children's art in aid of Tana River River Foundation

Preview of art being exhibited at Gallery Helios - Part 3 of 3

Medium : Acrylic Artist : Kimberly Pang Yun-Lin Age : 15 Price : $50

Wintertime. Medium : Acrylic Artist : Kimberly Pang Yun-Lin Age : 15 Price : $50

Summertime

The Twin Towers - Not Available for Sale

The Lake - Not Available for Sale

The Savvy. Medium : Acrylic Artist : Kimberly Pang Yun-Lin Age : 15 Price : $50

Love

"The Boatman" 20" x 24"

Home on the Range

Title : Home on the Range. Medium : Acrylic Artist : Nathalie Pang Yan-Lin Age : 11 Price : $250

Dawn

Dawn. Medium : Acrylic Artist : Alexander Pang Age : 10 Price : $250

We had 2 great events over the weekend

Over the weekend of the 7-8th March, we hosted 2 events for the Tana River Life Foundation. Saturday dinner at Palate

Gabriel presenting at Buko Nero

Gabriel presenting at Buko Nero

Sensations, the gourmet cooking school and Sunday lunch at the “hard-to-get-in” Buko Nero.

Thanks to over 40 of you who showed up to meet Gabriel and learn about the foundation. We enjoyed great food, wonderful company and were inspired by the work Gabriel has been doing in Africa since 1995. TRLF received offers for water purification systems and solar energy, as well as cash contributions.

The very talented Michelle sang her original songs for us on Saturday . She has also offered to write and record a song specially for Tana River Life Foundation. Thank you Michelle.

3 of the 6 art pieces were sold and we also received requests to commission works similar to those that were sold out.

Gabriel will be in touch with you.

Children Art Pieces Available

Artists with Gabriel

Artists with Gabriel

Lily Tan has kindly commissioned her 3 budding artists to produce works in aid of Tana River Life Foundation. Kimberly, Nathalie and Alex are 14,11 and 9 years old respectively. We’ll be showing and selling their works at our events this weekend, ie. dinner on Saturday at Palate Sensations and lunch on Sunday at Buko Nero.

Collage of paintings by the Pang children

Collage of paintings by the Pang children

The funds raised will be used to pay for education aids and school supplies for the new nursery and primary school Gabriel is building and the secondary school he currently supports, Garsen High School.

Click here for a sneak preview. We’ll be selling the large pieces at $180 and the small ones at $90. You’re always welcomed to pay more 🙂 The children of Tana River will thank you.

If you’re not able to join us this weekend, please contact me if you would like to view or buy the paintings.

Meet Gabriel this weekend

Gabriel is back in town. Most of you are keen to meet him again after a year. He’ll be speaking about the progress he has made in the last 12 months, and the new projects he’ll embarking on this year. Find  how you can play a part. Darren Smith, Wong Lee Yuen, Wong Fang Chin and I are co-hosting 2 events this coming weekend. We’ll be really happy to see you there. We’ve picked venues that are destinations in themselves : the private kitchen of Palate Sensations cooking school, which was featured in last weekend’s papers, and Buko Nero, the ever popular Italian restaurant with a one month waiting list. Cut quene by joining us for lunch this Sunday.

Here are the details :

Dinner at Palate Sensations Cooking School

Date : 7th March 2009

Time : 7.30pm

Venue : Palate Sensations, 1 Westbourne Road, #03-05 Aden, Singapore 138941

Menu : 3 course set dinner at $60 per head

Contact Iris Tay for details and to RSVP

Lunch at Buko Nero

Date : 8th March 2009

Time : 12.30pm

Venue : Buko Nero, 126 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088534

Menu : 5 course set lunch at $65 per head

Buko Nero is a Fusion Italian restaurant with a seating capacity of 22, and a waiting list of a month. We managed to book the entire restuarant for this lunch. Seats are limited and you don’t need to wait for a month to get it.

Contact Iris Tay or Darren Smith for details and to RSVP

Gabriel is back in town

Hi All,

Gabriel is back for his annual visit in this part of the world. He’ll be here till April 20th, and in Singapore till 11th April. He’s sent out the appeal for second hand goods required this year. Most of you should have receive it, if not you’ll find it at the bottom of this post.

The usual rules of thumb apply for the collection : Clothes, shoes, bags, bedsheets, curtains, bicycles in resale condition.

  • No white clothes for men & children.
  • No short skirts, sleeveless tops and pants for women.
  • No slippers for all.
  • Curtains and bedsheets are welcomed, again No whites

Like previous years, the collection point would be at St Anthony’s Church in Woodlands. Here’s the map.

We’re looking forward to a great collection this year. Here are the details :

Venue :

Church of St. Anthony

25 Woodlands Avenue1

Woodlands New Town

Collection Schedule:

Day Date Duration
Thursday 12th March 2009 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Friday 13th March 2009 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m
Saturday 14th March 2009 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m
Sunday 15th March 2009 CLOSED
Monday 16th March 2009 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Tuesday. 17th March 2009 8.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m

Please hand over items directly to Gabriel Teo at the loading bay at the far end of the church carpark. For further information, please contact Gabriel Teo at telephone no.96337421

2009 GUIDELINES FOR DONATIONS TOWARDS REUSABLE GOODS PROJECT

Click to download

Children’s Clothing Coloured White Remarks
Baby Size Y Y No colour restriction
Kids Size Y Y All sizes, but strong preference for coloured items
Adult Clothing Coloured White Remarks
Caps Y Y All sizes, but strong preference for coloured items
T-Shirts Y Y All sizes, but strong preference for coloured items
Blouses Y Y No colour restriction
Office Shirts Y N STRICTLY NO WHITE ITEMS. Short sleeves preferred
Casual Shirts Y Y Strong preference for coloured and short-sleeved items
Neck Ties N N STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Men’s Shorts Y Y All sizes
Women’s Shorts N N STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Tight Jeans N N/A STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Loose Cut Jeans Y N/A All sizes
Bermudas Y Y All sizes
Men’s Trousers Y N STRICTLY NO WHITE ITEMS. Up to size 36 only
Skirts Y Y Knee length or longer, preference for coloured items
Dresses Y Y Knee length or longer, preference for coloured items
Ladies Slacks N N NOT REQUIRED UNLESS PART OF OFFICE SUIT
Women’s Suits Y Y No colour restriction
Jackets Y N Nairobi can have temperatures as low as 10°C
Sweaters Y N Nairobi can have temperatures as low as 10°C
Undergarments N N STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Bedsheets Y N STRICTLY NO WHITE ITEMS, all sizes accepted
Towels N N STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Curtains Y N STRICTLY NO WHITE ITEMS, for regular sized windows

Footwear Required
Slippers N STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Sandals N STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Open shoes Y Required in all sizes
Children’s shoes Y Very useful as students use black leather shoes in school
White rubber shoes N STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Men’s leather Y Required in all sizes
Women’s leather Y Not too high heels. Flat or medium heels preferred
Sports Shoes Y Very useful for school going children and youth
Football Boots Y Required in all sizes, i.e. kids, youth and adults
Bags Required
Wallets Y Required in small quantity only
Pouches Y Required in small quantity only
Baskets N STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Plastic Bags N STRICTLY NOT REQUIRED
Handbags Y No restrictions, as long as in good resale condition
School Bags Y No restrictions, as long as in good resale condition
Travel Bags Y No restrictions, as long as in good resale condition
Suitcases Y Please indicate lock combination if any
Briefcase Y Required in small quantity only
Others Required
Bicycles Y In good condition, i.e. not rusting. Punctured tyres are acceptable.
Spring Files Y Used but in good condition only
Any other items Please check with Gabriel at gabrielteo@yahoo.com before packing