Steel company supports local charity overseas

David Underwood, Damian Osuiguwe (Volunteer) Lamin Daffeh & Rebecca Daffeh (Founders)

Underwoods Steels were pleased to have helped The Fresh Start Foundation (FSF) a Worcester-based charity that helps and supports the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in The Gambia, West Africa.

With operating sites in both Worcester and Hereford, Underwoods have been providing the FSF with storage facilities for donated material and learning resources to be shipped to Africa for several years.

More recently, the company was able to supply a quantity of material to send out to The Gambia to assist with the provision of fresh water in one of the schools that the FSF has been working with.

The FSF was established in 2006 by Lamin and Rebecca Daffeh in order to support orphans and other vulnerable children in The Gambia. It is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) in The Gambia and a registered charity in the UK.
During their many visits to The Gambia Mr and Mrs Daffeh set-up the organisation as they were inspired by how keen children were to learn and saddened that their enthusiasm for knowledge was hindered by poverty.

Shockingly the couple witnessed children working on the streets to raise funds to pay for school fees, uniforms and books. The objectives and founding principles of the FSF were established to contribute towards alleviating child poverty and make access to education a fundamental right and achievable.

The FSF is literally run from their dining room at their kitchen table where trustee meetings take place, newsletters are written and telephone calls are made and answered. Although the FSF is a small charity it has made a huge difference in making positive changes for vulnerable children living in poverty.

Underwoods managing director, David Underwood said: “We really admire Lamin and Rebecca’s achievements and philanthropic values as the FSF is a charity that has accomplished so much with so little in terms of resources. Their charity model is a highly pragmatic one where the children they are helping are the direct beneficiaries and this is down to their hard work and resourcefulness.”

The FSF are naturally thrilled by the support they have received from Underwoods and are keen to enlist help from other corporate partners. Mr Daffeh commented: “We are extremely grateful to Underwoods Steel for supporting the Fresh Start Foundation to enhance education and basic health care provisions to rural communities in Africa. Having their support has enabled the charity to store and ship resources that are valuable to people living in extreme poverty and would have otherwise been sent to Landfill in the UK.“