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Mustard Seed Project

A small UK registered charity working in Africa in Mgongeni an urban slum area of Mombasa, Kenya. We help people out of poverty by giving them the confidence, education and skills to solve their own problems. In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals we provide quality education, a feeding programme and healthcare for poor children, adolescents and their parents.

We are building a school which when completed will have 300 children aged 3 – 14 years in classes of around 25. We currently have 225 children. Half the school are in a rented building and the other half are in the school which is under construction. Without our support those who grew to healthy adulthood would end up with the hand to mouth existence of their parents.

For the project to be sustainable in the future we need to complete the school building which will cost another £95,000. This includes solar panels for electricity, a bore hole for water and a septic tank and soak-away.

Our second project involves support of adults and youth. We offer basic literacy and numeracy for those who missed out when they were young and provide business training for women to help them set up their own small businesses including providing them with loans. The unemployed youth in the community are motivated and supported through sport especially boxing and football.

A legacy would allow further construction to take place and ensure education for this poor community in the future. It would also contribute towards secondary education and higher education for those who are successful in their primary school exams.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01778 341855 or visit our website at www.mustardseedproject.co.uk

ZANE

ZANE: Zimbabwe A National Emergency provides aid and comfort to destitute people in Zimbabwe. Its main focus is supporting elderly people; those who lost their pensions and savings when the Zimbabwean economy collapsed and are now entirely dependent on charity to survive.

ZANE provides aid to around 1,800 destitute elderly people, including over 600 war veterans and their widows. It assists with rent, medical bills and food. However, there is also a desperate need to support children and young people, particularly in helping them gain an education so one day when the situation in Zimbabwe improves, they will be able to work and help re-build the country.

ZANE funds a clubfoot correction programme and to-date has treated over 2,600 children – enabling them to walk and live a life free from disability. ZANE also runs creative therapy projects to help women and their families who have been victims of political violence, abuse, and extreme poverty. ZANE also funds education projects including pop-up classrooms in high density townships.

ZANE provides aid, comfort and support to the most destitute people in Zimbabwe. It receives no statutory funding and relies entirely on voluntary donations. More information is available at www.zane.uk.com

World Medical Fund

When children in the remote villages of sub-Saharan Africa are ill or in pain, they have no hope of seeing a doctor or nurse. Poverty exacerbates the issues caused by a lack of transport and infrastructure - together, these problems deny children access to proper medical care.

The children we focus on live in villages with no motorised transport, at least 24 kilometres from the nearest tarmac roads and more than 40 kilometres from any medical facilities. Even if a sick child is able to make the journey to a public hospital, there often aren’t enough qualified staff and the pharmacy shelves are usually empty. While the private and mission hospitals in Malawi offer qualified treatment and medicine, all of this must be paid for - and the costs are beyond the means of the poor.

We have worked in Malawi since 1998, initially caring for AIDS orphans and were horrified to discover the level of morbidity and mortality suffered by the young in the rural areas. We came up with a simple solution, a Children's Mobile Clinic. A rugged 4 x 4 carrying a clinical team and medicines. Visiting village sites on a monthly basis we treat over 30,000 cases of sick children every year, saving many, many young lives.

Some of the children we see require minor surgery so we set up a Mobile Surgical Unit, an operating theatre on wheels converted from an ex Army 10 ton truck, to perform minor surgery deep in the African bush. See the Ken Howard film on our work. Some of the children we see are innocent victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, infected at birth by their HIV positive mothers. We have set up an antiretroviral therapy programme for them named Thandizo (Helping in Chichewa) that is producing amazing results and has been certified as a Centre of Excellence.

We receive no governmental funding, rely entirely on donations and operate with minimal administrative costs (less than 4%).

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01553 617 166 or visit their website at www.worldmedicalfund.org

Build Africa

Build Africa is an award-winning development charity. We believe in the power of education to help end poverty, and work to ensure that children in rural Africa have the best opportunity to learn.

We focus on giving often vulnerable children the right infrastructure, resources, quality teaching and parental support to help them get the most from their time at school and go on to lead productive, healthy and happy lives.

We currently work in remote, rural areas of Africa. These are areas that suffer from especially high levels of poverty and low levels of educational achievement. Isolated from mainstream services, they can often be overlooked by governments and NGOs.

Build Africa knows that each community we support is different. We take time to understand their unique needs, and pride ourselves on the relationships we maintain. We employ local staff, not just with expertise in our programmes, but in the social and cultural environments in which they work.

Leaving a gift in your will to Build Africa will help us to continue our work with these communities now and in the future.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01892 519619 or visit their website at www.build-africa.org.uk