Between 2008 and 2010, the Canon Collins Trust worked with Hantam Community Education Trust on a ground breaking project aiming to remove barriers to education and bring hope to children fromdisadvantaged family backgrounds. The project, funded by the British Big Lottery Fund, provided over 1000 children from illiterate families with the tools to make the most of their education and it also supported and motivated a new generation of school teachers. The project also provided health support for these children, who were regularly assessed by a school nurseand given daily vitamin supplements to boost their immune system. In cases where children were diagnosed as malnourished, they were provided with a multi-vitamin protein shake which made a tangible difference to classroom performance. By tackling linguistic barriers to education, 50% (an increase of 30%) of children achieved relevant grade level in standard national tests by the end of the project.The project also oversaw a 30% reduction in common childhood illnesses among beneficiaries, through a community health awareness and prevention programme.