Flush Mob raises awareness of Village Water’s latest appeal

Village Water launched their new appeal, ‘Safe Water and Sanitation for All’, with an aptly named ‘Flush Mob’ today.

The Shrewsbury-based charity surprised shoppers with a toilet-themed dance to ‘The Birdie Song’, complete with live musicians, to raise awareness of their latest project to improve sanitation and access to safe water in Zambia.

Public donations will be used to support a two-year project in Lusaka, Zambia to improve hygiene and develop businesses that improve water quality, build toilets and safely deal with waste. The first £2 million of donations will be matched pound-for-pound by the UK government.

“This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a small charity like us,” says Clare Wearden, Director at Village Water. “If you are intending on taking up a challenge in the next 3-months to raise some money – running, swimming, cycling, dry January – why not do it for Safe Water and Sanitation for All?”

For more information on Village Water’s ‘Safe Water and Sanitation for All’ appeal, please visit: villagewater.org/doubleyourdonation

Street Child launch ‘Count Me In’ appeal

Street Child is marking its tenth birthday by launching its ‘Count Me In’ campaign, which will receive up to £2 million match funding from the UK Government, to increase access, quality and inclusion in basic education for the most vulnerable children in northern Sierra Leone.

“It is vital that we provide children with access to education and the resources they need to learn, ensuring every child has the best chance of success,” says Street Child’s CEO Tom Dannatt. “Street Child provides simple and sustainable solutions such as paying school fees, buying uniforms and learning materials, training teachers, refurbishing classrooms and building schools to ensure that children have access to education.”

Street Child is asking the British public to join with the charity and be counted in transforming children’s lives by making a donation. These donations will be matched pound for pound for the first £2 million by the UK government.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt says: “UK aid is proud to support Street Child and this partnership will mean that children across Sierra Leone can go to school and reach their full potential, instead of being on the streets. The tireless generosity of the British people means these children will have a future.”

For more information on Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ appeal, please visit: www.street-child.co.uk/count-me-in.

War Child launch ‘Learn To Live’ appeal

War Child’s ‘Learn To Live’ appeal, which will support children in the Central African Republic traumatised by war, launched today.

UK aid will match pound-for-pound the first £500,000 raised by the appeal, as the Department for International Development calls on nations, donors and organisations to all work together to support children around the world who have suffered trauma and distress as a result of conflicts.

“The British public show time and again their compassion and desire to see a better future for the world’s poorest children, which is why during this appeal the UK government will match the public’s generosity,” says International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.

The appeal will raise funds for a new 18-month project to provide targeted psycho-social support and further generalised support to children whose development is held back by the after-effects of the country’s brutal civil war.

“We’re delighted that War Child has been awarded this aid match,” says Rob Williams, CEO of War Child UK. “Children exposed to conflict often face severe emotional stress which can lead to the development of mental health issues. All too often, people with mental health conditions have their human rights violated and experience stigma, discrimination and exclusion in all walks of life.”

For more information on War Child’s ‘Learn to Live’ appeal, please visit:
www.warchild.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigns/learn-to-live