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The Dan Eley Foundation


    What seemed like a tragedy has led to a dream coming true….

    Dan Eley, a young man from Surrey, England worked as a charity worker with impoverished children in Latin America for two years before a diving accident in the Colombian Amazon left him paralysed from the shoulders down on New Year’s Day 2010.

    Dan spent the next year in hospital, fighting for his life and facing up to the enormous emotional and physical challenges of being so severely paralysed. During these difficult times he had the opportunity to meet other people with similar disabilities who had overcome extreme adversity to go on and achieve great things in life. This inspired him to pursue his dream of starting apprenticeship-style training schemes for children living in poverty in Colombia and Latin America. The Dan Eley Foundation is the realisation of that dream.

    “Our aim is to help young people help themselves so that they can achieve true independence”

    At the core of our vision is the belief that all children have unique potential which, if nurtured and developed will enable them to lead productive and fulfilling lives as adults. However in order to do so it is vital that they can count on people who will show them unconditional compassion, consistent support and the importance of humanitarian values. Only under such conditions will they discover the self belief to flourish and succeed in their aspirations and escape the ever present lure of criminal activity.

    The goal of The Dan Eley Foundation is to create a supportive environment where disadvantaged young children are given the opportunity to try a range of technical and vocational skills and to provide them with the professional training they need to obtain legitimate employment.

    It is our aim to be recognized as a charity that helps young people to help themselves and ultimately achieve true independence.

    To contribute to the personal and professional development of children and young people living in poverty or disadvantaged circumstances, with a focus on employment and life skills training and mentoring as a means to increase employment potential and the possibility of achieving a more fulfilling and productive life

    • Give youngsters a 'Fresh Start'!

      Help give needy youngsters a fresh start and an opportunity to steer their lives in a positive direction

      There are many disadvantaged youngsters living right on our doorstep in Surrey who are struggling to develop their true potential. Moreover there are desperately poor young people in Colombia and South America who lack any real opportunities to progress in life. They are destitute, without hope..

      See how you can get involved.

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    • Meet Carlos

      This is the case of Carlos, a 17 year old boy from the Comuneros district who three years ago completed his studies at his local school.

      Not wanting to continue studying he decided instead to look for a job.

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    • DEF Volunteer's Blog

      On September 27th 2013 Will Johnson flew out to Colombia to for 6 months as a volunteer field worker for The Dan Eley Foundation and medical charity SALCET volunteer. Will worked closely with our partner charity FEDUT as a teaching assistant and sports coach.

      Will's Blog