in Brisbane’s western suburbs, Lachlan is and remains aware of the
value of education. Upon his return, once again, to Australia, the
search was on to find help and financial support to facilitate placement
in a hand chosen school that would meet the needs of the children.
Haradali Primary School, located in Arusha, Tanzania, was the school of
choice. Haradali is Swahili for “mustard seed”, a seed which is the
size of a grain of sand yet grows into a tree. This seed was the
inspiration behind Haradali Primary School – start small but grow large.
Lachlan and the manager of Haradali, Simon, realised they shared a
common purpose and Lachlan began a partnership with the school and began
successfully placing children at Haradali, as well as organising
uniforms, books, day to day school needs, boarding fees and food packs
for families. During 2012 and 2013 Lachlan continued to successfully
secure sponsors for his group children. To formalise this work, in 2013
he enlisted the help of family and friends and established a company for
charitable purposes called “YES Arusha”, with “YES” an acronym for
“Youth Educational Support”.
Since then, Lachlan returned to study a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Development) at the University of Queensland. He completed this degree in 2015. YES Arusha has still continued to grow steadily with the backing of hundreds of supporters from Australia and abroad. The sponsorship program is now stable and in 2015 YES Arusha completed the Safe House project in partnership with Haradali. Now, a new merit-based scholarship program will be the focus for 2017 and into the near future.
Whilst back in Australia, Lachlan now studies a Master of International Relations program at the University of Melbourne. It has been encouraging to Lachlan to receive such great support from the community, family and friends, but like most charitable projects, more generous funding is always needed.
Board of Directors
The YES Arusha Board was established in 2013. The Board comprises 4 members –
– Founder, and a Master of International Relations student at the University of Melbourne.
Stephen Gillespie – an educator, currently teaching at Our Lady of the Southern Cross College in Dalby, Australia.
Pam McDonald –
an Occupational Therapist, working with and advocating for
children with language and associated disorders in Brisbane, Australia.
Stephanie Welsh - a Master of Social Work Studies student with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology and Peace & Conflict Studies.
The role of the Board is to oversee and direct activities to fulfill the mission of YES Arusha. The YES Arusha constitution and company documents are available for public viewing upon request.