Why Stand By Me?
David Spurdle, a teacher from Hornchurch, visited Lebanon and saw some kids who needed help. He didn’t know how he was going to do it, but he committed to caring for 60 orphaned boys, so he founded the charity that became Stand By Me. Since then, the charity has rescued over 10,000 kids across 11 countries.
aims of the charity:
- Love, care and attention for every child.
- We rescue kids. Everything else is secondary.
- Build local. Invest in communities.
- Love and acceptance, regardless of belief.
Stand by Me establishes schools, homes and care centres at the centre of communities by identifying and building networks of trustworthy local people, motivated by the change they want to see in their communities. This allows them to respond to challenges in a quick and culturally appropriate way, giving unparalleled levels of child care wherever they work.
At present Stand by Me works in the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Romania, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Burma.
Chepstow House School is proud to have links with the Abdi Academy in Dembi Dollo, Ethiopia. The school opened in 2013 for 240 children providing education, family support, medical care, and nutritious meals. At full capacity, 500 children will attend.
Our focus since 2018, alongside raising money for the academy, has been child sponsorship. We are proud to acknowledge that over 80 children who attend the Abdi academy are currently sponsored by Chepstow children. School fundraising activities include ‘the wishing tree’. This tree grants wishes for the children of the Abdi academy and enables them to receive school equipment, bedding, school uniform etc.
Throughout the 2016/17 school year, Chepstow House children were busy raising money so that we could build a new children’s home in Dembi Dollo, Ethiopia. Our aim was to raise £33,000; however, we managed to raise a very impressive £42,956.43. This new house will be a valuable asset where the children can be safe, receive love and access full time education.
“WHEN OUR CHILDREN KNOW THEY HAVE OUR LASTING SUPPORT, THEY CAN RISE ABOVE THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND GO ON TO DO GREAT THINGS. ONCE OUR CHILDREN ARE READY TO LEAVE OUR CARE, THEY OFTEN CHOOSE TO STAY IN THEIR TOWN, USING THEIR SKILLS AND TALENT TO TRANSFORM THEIR COMMUNITIES. BY PROVIDING THE RIGHT SUPPORT, WE ARE PROUDLY BRINGING UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF BUILDERS, NURSES, PLUMBERS, CHURCH LEADERS, DOCTORS, ENGINEERS, FARMERS, BUSINESS OWNERS AND TEACHERS IN THE AREAS WE WORK IN.”