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.

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.