Compassion offers a different path for pregnant women in Togo

Compassion UK has launched the ‘Different Path’ appeal to help improve child survival rates in Togo.

In Togo, one in 20 babies do not reach their first birthday. This is due to a myriad of complications ranging from disease to malnutrition; however, Compassion UK believes the root cause is poverty.

“Poverty can have a devastating impact on both a child’s chances of survival and their long-term development,” says Justin Dowds, CEO of Compassion UK. “To prevent women and babies dying needlessly, we have to reach them early – before babies have even been born – and support women with essential antenatal check-ups and support at birth.”

The UK government is matching all public donations to the ‘Different Path’ appeal which will enable Compassion to improve pregnant women’s access to antenatal check-ups and trained birth attendants, offer life-saving assistance including basic healthcare, hygiene, nutritious food and safe water, as well as providing mentoring, support and spiritual guidance for families.

Find out more about the ‘Different Path’ appeal.

Orbis tackles avoidable sight loss with latest appeal

‘See My Future’, Orbis’ latest appeal, launched today in an effort to reduce avoidable sight loss in Nepal which is acting as a barrier to education for approximately 300,000 children.

Nepalese children are dropping out from school due to treatable issues such as refractive errors, cataracts and strabismus, impeding their ability to see the blackboard, textbooks and their teachers. In some cases, children are also leaving school to care for an adult with sight loss.

The money raised via the appeal, which will be matched by the UK government, will go directly towards expanding Orbis’s project in Nepal which screens and treats children with sight loss, enabling them to attend school and face a brighter future.

“With a simple eye exam and a pair of glasses, a child’s life can be transformed,” says Rebecca Cronin, Orbis UK CEO. “Clear sight opens up a future of possibilities – children can return to school, play with their friends and contribute to society, breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Find out more about the appeal.

Penny Appeal supporting Kenyan mothers and babies with latest appeal

Penny Appeal is looking to support some of the most vulnerable mothers and babies in Kenya, where maternal mortality rates are some of the highest in the world, through its ‘Fragile Lives’ campaign.

Public donations, which will be matched by the UK government, will help support over 400,000 people access better medical services, maternal healthcare, child nutrition and screening services.

Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO says: “We are overjoyed to be working closely with the UK government to facilitate real and positive change for mothers and babies, which will help determine the strength and success of future generations.”

Find out more about the appeal here.