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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*Please note: This is an old article. The current Secretary of State for International Development is Rory Stewart.

Mary’s Meals looks to double the love

Mary’s Meals launched its new campaign ‘Double The Love’ today, with the UK government matching public donations up to £2 million until 1 March 2019.

Donations will enable Mary’s Meals to reach thousands more chronically hungry children in Zambia with a life-changing meal every school day.

“Our wonderful supporters of all ages never cease to amaze us with their love and kindness. With match funding from the UK government, we have a wonderful opportunity to create an even bigger impact and transform the lives of many, many more hungry children with the gift of food and education,” says Mary’s Meals’ founder and global chief executive Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow.

Zambia suffers from high rates of malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity. More than 360,000 primary school-age children are out of school, and those who do attend are often so hungry they don’t have the energy to concentrate and learn in class. But, by providing one good meal every day in school, Mary’s Meals attracts children to the classroom where they can gain an all-important education.

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Flush Mob raises awareness of Village Water’s latest appeal

Village Water launched its 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 public donations will be doubled 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?”

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