Practical Action launches ‘Planting for Progress’ appeal

Providing Zimbabwean farmers with the technology and know-how to double their harvest is the aim of Practical Action’s latest appeal, ‘Planting for progress’, which launched today.

Public donations will be used to negate the effects of climate change in some of Zimbabwe’s poorest districts and enable farmers to increase their income as well as feed their local community. All this will be achieved through the introduction of Practical Action’s unique combination of smart solutions, knowledge and skills building.

Furthermore, as a UK Aid Match charity appeal, money donated by the public will be matched by the UK government.

“UK Aid Match is proud to support Practical Action’s ‘Planting for Progress’ appeal, which is helping lift Zimbabwean farmers – 70% of which are women – out of poverty by practically equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to increase harvests and build sustainable businesses,” says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt.

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AfriKids launches ‘Time to Shine’ appeal

Ensuring more children in northern Ghana complete a quality basic education and get their time to shine is the aim of AfriKids’ latest appeal which launched today.

“A basic education shouldn’t be a luxury, but it’s beyond the reach of the very poor families we work with in Ghana, who work incredibly hard to make ends meet and do the best for their kids,” says AfriKids Chief Executive, Charlie Hay. “Together we can help them to transform their own lives and give their children the best possible chance of escaping poverty for good.”

Public donations will enable AfriKids to work with families to improve theirfinancial security and work with communities to change beliefs and practices that are preventing children from completing school. The first £2 million of donations will be matched by the UK government.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt says: “UK aid’s support will double the impact of the British public’s voluntary donations and help AfriKids to reach some of the world’s poorest communities to keep more children healthy, safe and in school.”

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Elton John AIDS Foundation launches AIDSfree

The Elton John AIDS Foundation launched its ‘AIDSfree’ appeal today which will work to accelerate the progress of six major cities in ending their AIDS epidemic.

The appeal will look to fund programmes that increase access to information, testing and treatment to improve the lives of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS.

Through UK Aid Match, the UK government will double public donations up to £2 million to be spent across projects in Maputo and Nairobi.

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