The Big Give Christmas Challenge
One donation, twice the impact
Like all charities, the team at SLA have been working hard to find new and different ways to raise funds this year.
During the first week of December we were delighted to take part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest match funding campaign where donations to participating charities are doubled by pledgers – one donation, twice the impact.
We are delighted to report that we raised an amazing £16,976 through pledges, donations and Gift Aid.
One of our pledges was from a significant international development trust funder, The Coles-Medlock Foundation – positive endorsement of the work of VOICE 4 Girls*, which SLA is supporting.
*VOICE 4 Girls
The Big Give is in support of the work of SLA’s partner VOICE 4 Girls. VOICE 4 Girls have created new programmes to help girls and boys who are hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The pandemic means that these young people are still not able to attend school and thus at great risk of dropping out of education permanently. We know that staying in education is the proven route out of poverty.
Girls in particular are facing hunger and abuse, being made to take on low-paid labour and are even being ‘sold into marriage’ by poverty-stricken families. Young people have lost the ‘safe space’ they found at school and the one guaranteed meal a day which was provided for them there.
VOICE 4 Girls is now using technology (mobile phones and WhatsApp) to contact these girls and boys, to continue giving them information and support to help them address the difficult and frightening issues they are facing.