MAG to help families in the Middle East living in fear of landmines

On International Landmine Awareness Day (April 4), the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is launching its ‘Home Safe Home’ fundraising appeal to make homes in former conflict areas in the Middle East free from landmines.

Across the Middle East, tens of thousands of landmines and unexploded bombs lie ready to maim and kill at any moment in and around people’s homes. Over 10 million people remain displaced in the region with many unable to return home because of landmine contamination. Every day, 20 people are reported killed or injured by landmines and unexploded bombs globally. Almost half of the civilian casualties of landmines are children.

Using highly trained staff and special machinery, MAG teams across the Middle East find and destroy landmines and unexploded bombs, freeing communities from fear and bringing them back to life.

“The UK already has a leading role in ridding the world of these deadly weapons of war and supporting experts to clear land, which last year was the equivalent of seven thousand football pitches,” says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt. “All donations made during MAG’s Home Safe Home campaign, which is getting demining experts to find and destroy mines before children find them, will be doubled by the UK government – making donations go even further.”

Find out more about the appeal here.

Tree Aid to reverse effects of climate change in Mali with latest appeal

Tree Aid will help people reverse the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drylands of Africa through its latest appeal, ‘She Grows’, which launched today.

The ‘She Grows’ appeal will specifically support 1,000 women in Mali to set up small businesses that process and sell shea butter and honey. It will also provide the tools and training they need to save and replant their local forest. Furthermore, as a UK Aid Match appeal, all public donations will be matched by the UK government.

“Trees are being wiped from the landscape in the African drylands and the desert is spreading, making it harder for people, especially women, to feed their families and earn an income,” says Tree Aid patron Joanna Lumley.

Find out more about the appeal here.

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.