Opening doors to freedom through education

Oct 3, 2017

Cathrin Kalbfell, who is running the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Feed the Minds on 8 October 2017, has written this inspiring blog about why she feels motivated to support our work overseas.

“Having lived in Mauritania for 8 months, I truly began to understand how important education really is for tackling poverty and transforming the lives of some of the most marginalised and poorest communities around the world. When I returned I decided to dedicate my Royal Parks Half Marathon challenge to fundraise for Feed the Minds.

“After living and spending time with people who have not had the privilege to receive basic education, I felt the need to stop and reflect. I realised that something I took for granted in my own little world, is not the norm everywhere, and the implications of not receiving basic literacy skills is tremendous. Being in Africa alone I imagined not being able to text my family and friends and they wouldn’t be able to read and respond. I would be cut off!

One of the women supported by our project in Pakistan. Photo by Katie Luxton.
One of the women supported by our project in Pakistan. Photo by Katie Luxton.

 

“The realisation triggered a few things in me, I started to feel deeply grateful for the education I received, the doors it opened in my life – like moving from Germany to the UK to Africa – as well as giving me the urge to return something. Even if only small, I want to help open doors to freedom through education for some. I chose Feed the Minds as I truly believe in the life-changing work they are carrying out to support some of the poorest people in the Global South. I am particularly inspired by their Maternal Health project in Pakistan and want to support Feed the Minds to continue supporting mothers and their children through their life-saving literacy projects in Pakistan and Nepal.

“I have raised over £2,270 and I am overwhelmed by the response of people to my half marathon campaign. This will help Feed the Minds continue with such important work, such as their Maternal Health projects in Pakistan and Nepal.”

 

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Photo by Cathrin Kalbfell

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom.”

G W Carver

Cathrin Kalbfell, who is running the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Feed the Minds on 8 October 2017, has written this inspiring blog about why she feels motivated to support our work overseas. She has so far raised over £2,270, which is an incredible  amount, thank you Cathrin!