In 2015, three fellow students and I founded Charity Foundation School of Life. Derived from an initiative of the board of our student association Comitas, we felt like it was time to give back to the world through education. Our vision for what at that time was merely a concept; to start a charity foundation run by students in order to create equal chances in education for students in third world countries. All driven by high motivation and passion to make this vision come true, we quickly turned the concept into an official charity foundation with the name of School of Life. Immediately, we got great financial support from our friends and fellow students from Comitas. With the energy-boost this support gave us, we organized our first event; a charity dinner including auction and lottery at Duin & Kruidberg. This was a great success and the statement was made; we were pursuing our vision! Within four months, we realized our target of raising 10.000 euros and it was time to professionalize the foundation. We closed down our amazing board year and the first year of School of Life with the first edition of the Craft Beer Festival, which was a great success!
The greatest highlight of our board year was the trip to Nicaragua to visit the first hotel of Hotel con Corazon. We stayed at the beautiful, charismatic hotel for five days and got to know the staff very well. We also had the chance to meet the tutors of the educational program. We were even allowed to help the tutors with classes like English and mathematics. In these five days, we realized that these people are putting their hearts and souls into providing better education for children in need of better guidance. Most importantly, we learned that the money raised by School of Life is in right hands. From these five days, we learned that it is more important to help a community grow and develop into a self-supporting community rather than stopping to support a community after having handed out the money raised. We must help others help themselves!
Looking at what School of Life has accomplished in such a short time makes us as founding board proud. Not because of our own achievements, but because everyone involved in School of Life is creating a movement where awareness towards better education a prosperous future is the golden thread. We are certain that in all the years to come, we will all keep working towards realizing the dream of School of Life: to provide every child with education.