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DECEMBER 2012
BOND GIRL RACHEL GRANT MAKING A DIFFERENCE

By: FSWL team
Published:
2012-12-13
Rachel Grant, who played "Peaceful - Fountains of Desire" in Die Another Day (2002) is a wonderful and caring human being. Her latest charitable project is a book with the aim of making a difference for those in need. A suitable title for the project is really "Peaceful Fountains to build Fountain of Love school".

100% of all profit is being donated to Rachel's "Fountain of Love" school building project in Bani, Philippines. Donations can also be made via Paypal to donate(a)paduacharitablefund.org.

A message from Rachel:
"I want to highlight that ALL funds go directly to the project and ALL charity workers are volunteers. 5,000 USD (3,100 GBP) is needed for the building materials and any more will go towards the upkeep. Any organisation or person interested in taking on the bulk of the cost can have the school/an award/scholarship named at their choice and can also come and visit too!"

How did it happen?
Rachel recently visited the Fountain of Love village and spent time with the 100 children living there. Taken by the humble community, their story, kindness, gratitude and generosity, she pledged to raise funds to build them a much-needed school. Mayor Marcello Navarro has kindly donated a perfect plot for the typhoon-proof school/multi-purpose centre - so the land has been given to the project for free!

Their story:
The Fountain of Love (or "Burubor-ni-Ayat") story is incredible. It was on a beautiful beach in Bani where 600 "informal settlers" lived. Happy in their thriving fishing community, they refused to leave their seaside homes as typhoon Emong was about to make landfall in 2010. One hour before the storm, their beloved Mayor Navarro left his family and went down to the beach in one last attempt to get them to leave.

Finally, one family stepped forward and into the truck, then another and another. Soon everyone was accounted for and on their way. However, as the Mayor and the villagers were out on the road heading to safety, typhoon Emong made landfall. Windows were blown through their vehicles and trees went down blocking their path. Everyone huddled together and lay low as rooftops and debris flew past. The region was devastated by the storm but every person including those from the fishing village miraculously survived.

And their homes on the beach? They had all been washed away. The fishing community survivors lived in donated tents for one year until they were rehoused in new brick homes on a pretty hillside in Bani. They called their village Fountain of Love - because it was built on just that.

Editor's note:
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Photo above:
Children from the community are featured on the cover of the book.

Please support Rachel Grant's charitable book project Making a Difference now available at:

www.rachelgrant.org

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