Andrea Francolini is an photographer who is best known for his amazing photographs of yachting and sailing. His work has been in demand in both the editorial and commercial world.
My-First-School is a personal project for Francolini, who has a keen interest in Pakistan's diverse society. Away from the struggles reported by the media, Pakistani people are open, friendly and family-oriented but face serious challenges in everyday life just to make ends meet. Children can be affected more than most.
Education, as expected, can take second place to survival in these circumstances, and Andrea's goal is to help these families send their children to school for a basic education which then allows them to get more out of life - something we take for granted in western society.
With your donations, Andrea returns to northern Pakistan on a yearly basis to buy schooling equipment, like notebooks, pencils and erasers, which will benefit the children - especially girls who can find it harder to attend school. In 2013 My First School has started to help build classrooms in 3 existing schools in order to increase their capacities. Again, in 2013 a sponsorship program, which guarantees schooling for 5 years, has also been set up. At this stage 8 students are already part of the program and hopefully each year more will be added to the list.
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