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.

Tana River Life Foundation Bake Sale 2012 in conjunction with Gallery Helios

Thank you for supporting Tana River Life Foundation. The 2012 Bake Sale aims to raise funds for the Education Centre Project the foundation is embarking on. When completed the centre will provide affordable quality education to the communities in the Tana River Delta. Facilities include a kindergarten, primary school, community centre with library, computer lab, seminar rooms, meeting areas, designated areas to house income generating projects for the foundation and offices. The buildings which are oriented to benefit from natural ventilation and lightning have been designed to be environmentally sustainable incorporating solar power and rainwater harvesting. This 3 year project with a built up area of over 40,000 sq ft will cost S$2,000,000.

We’re targeting to raise $4500 which will be matched dollar for dollar by Jonaron Trust, based in Malaysia. $9000 will cover about 40% the cost of a classroom. 10 classrooms will be built. Thanks to the generous support of Ms Esther Wee from Halia Restaurant and Ms Gina Choong from Kitchen Capers, all proceeds from this sale will go to the building fund. Thanks to Gallery Helios ,we will be holding the sale over 2 weekends, 11th March ( Sunday ) and 17th & 18th March. All proceeds from this sale will go to the foundation. It’ll be great if you could order a box or 2 and support our efforts to help educate the young in Kenya.

The following are available :
• Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – $35 per dozen
• Traditional Eurasian Sugee Cake- $40 per loaf
• Zesty Lemon Loaf – $30 per loaf
• Nutty Banana Bread – $30 per loaf

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies, Traditional Eurasian Sugee Cake, Lemon Loaf and Nutty Banana Bread

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies, Traditional Eurasian Sugee Cake, Lemon Loaf and Nutty Banana Bread

They will be available for collection from :
a) 10am – 7pm on 11th March during the Gallery Helios Open House at 38 Petain Road. Click here for location map
b) 17th & 18th March during the Tana River Life Foundation Jumble Sale at Nativity Church, off Upper Serangoon Road. Click here for location map.Collection schedule at Nativity Church : 4pm – 8pm on 17th March, 9am – 8pm 18th March

Please email your orders to tanariverbakesale@gmail.com by March 4th if you wish to collect at Gallery Helios and by March 11th if you wish to collect at the Tana River Life Foundation Jumble Sale and you will be provided with payment instructions. Please also indicate whether you would like to collect them on 11th, 17th or 18th of March.
This bake sale is made possible by the mother-daughter baking team of Norliza Jalil and Maria
Chung.

Thanks so much for your generosity.

Gallery Helios Logo

Gallery Helios Logo

A space to kick off your designer shoes, walk barefoot on timber floors, smell the coffee, and unmask…. so that you can prepare to be at the highest expression of who you are… The Gallery Helios, Center for the Art of Mind-Body Wellness is a boutique shared services facility in a conservation Peranakan-style shophouse in a quiet area near the Farrer Park MRT. The interiors were specifically designed to exude an ambience of beauty, nature and healing, with features like sky lights above an air-well lush with tropical plants and a water feature. It offers clients beautiful, discrete and serene spaces to come back to themselves.

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

We collected 1638 books at the NLB Book Drive

Thanks to all who contributed to the Tana River book drive. We collected 1638 books at the NLB book exchange on Saturday 16th April. Special thanks to Dennis Au and his team from RI, Fang Chin and the wonderful folks at the NLB, Julie, Geraldine, Jason & his daughter, Yew Hong & William.

Many thanks also to the folks who dug into their personal collections and organized book collections, we still have hundreds of books yet to be counted and sorted. I believe we’re well on our way to meet our target of 3000 books for the community library to be built and run by Tana River Life Foundation.

I was interviewed by both the Straits Times and Lian He Zao Bao at the book exchange. The foundation was mentioned in both the printed articles. Here they are !

Lian He Zao Bao – Book Exchange 2011

ST Article 18 Apr on NLB Book Exchange

More Details on TRLF Book Drive 2011

Thanks for your support of Tana River Life Foundation in the past couple of years.

It is that time of the year again to dig into our book collections to help fill the libraries at the schools supported by Tana River Life Foundation in Kenya. This year the books will be filling up the empty libraries at the new nursery & primary school that Gabriel is building and the schools that the foundation supports. As with the previous year, we will be leveraging the annual Book Exchange that the NLB is organizing.

Here’s a few ways you can help us :

  1. Set aside books from your collection for contribution to the TRLF libraries directly. To do this, you would need to have books that meet the TRLF collection requirements. Please download this document : Tana River Life Foundation Book Drive 2011 – info to view the types of books needed. You have up to the end of May to hand the books to me.
  2. If your books don’t meet the collection requirements ( eg. books not in English, are too old, pulp fiction, romantic novels, cook books etc ) you can take your books down to the nearest library between now and the 15th of April and exchange them for a Book Exchange voucher per book ( please check http://w16.nlb.gov.sg/page/corporate_page_visitus_AllLibraries for the full list of libraries, their addresses and opening hours. ). The library accepts up to 30 books each time. You can then pass the vouchers back to me before the 16th of April.
  3. Volunteer to help us ‘shop’ for books during the exchange on Saturday 16th April. We’ll roster volunteers on 4 hour shifts between 8.30am and 6pm, and provide you with the vouchers and a list of our book requirements. You’ll then “shop” through the books available, check-out using the vouchers and bring the books to our collection table. You may have to do this a couple of times during the 4 hour period.
  4. Help us collect A4-sized photocopy-paper boxes. This is the best size for packing, storing and transporting the books to Kenya.

Thanks so much