AfriKids received an extra *£25,000* at the People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala!

 

We were delighted to attend the 2016 People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala last week in Edinburgh – an incredible evening topped off with the surprise of being awarded an extra £25,ooo to fund our life changing work!

 

We are so grateful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL) for this extra funding, meaning they have now generously donated an amazing £250,000 to support our work with vulnerable children and families in northern Ghana. Just one  example of how this support will help to make transformational changes in the area is through the launch of AfriKids’ Futures’ Freedom programme. The aim of the project is to end child marriage and harmful attitudes in the Upper East Region by educating young people on their sexual and reproductive health and rights. This groundbreaking work has been made possible with key funding support from People’s Postcode Lottery and its players.

 

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “As People’s Postcode Lottery continues to grow, the amount that our players award to good causes continues to increase. We are very proud that our players can continue to support the development of these fantastic causes .”

 

The award of this additional funding comes at a very exciting time for the charity lottery as they mark 10 years since the first ever draw. The last 10 years have created thousands of lucky winners but have also provided vital funding for numerous charities across Great Britain and internationally. A minimum of 27.5% is awarded to charities and good causes with over £99.6 million awarded to date.

 

The Charity Gala last week, attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, TV presenter Fiona Philips and Dame Ellen MacArthur, was a brilliant celebration of the hard work achieved by all the charities supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and a chance for AfriKids to show our thanks for their support of UK charities. We were particularly thrilled to see some pictures of the children we support blown up and displayed around the venue!

 

Thank you for a great night People’s Postcode Lottery!

 

City & Guilds provide funding to help empower the next generation in northern Ghana

 

The City & Guilds Group have announced their support of AfriKids, awarding the charity with a grant from their newly launched Skills Development Fund. The grant will allow AfriKids to provide 20 young women who are currently training in either teaching or nursing with mentoring support and loans to cover their training fees. This vital skills training is allowing young people in northern Ghana the opportunity to secure their own livelihoods, providing them and their families with brighter futures that are free of poverty.

 

The loan repayments that will be collected once women have finished their training will then be used to support more women with skills development, working to create a sustainable funding model in line with AfriKids’ philosophy to Listen, Empower and Sustain.

 

You can read the full City & Guilds press release here.

AfriKids to launch new project addressing child, early and forced marriage following support from People’s Postcode Lottery

 

AfriKids are delighted that People’s Postcode Lottery has today announced an award of £200,000 from players of the charity lottery  to help end child marriage and promote child rights in northern Ghana.

 

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “For the last 10 years AfriKids has been providing incredibly important programmes to children and families in Ghana. We are delighted that as a result of funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery that this fantastic charity will be able to launch a major new project to further promote children’s rights in northern Ghana.”

 

Through extensive work, AfriKids has identified that early and forced marriage and harmful traditional beliefs and practices like female genital mutilation (FGM) are serious issues affecting the health and futures of girls across rural northern Ghana. The support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help to launch a major new project to address this, providing sex education, child marriage interventions, youth clubs with family planning services and community education on the rights of young people.

 

AfriKids CEO, Amy Parker said: “Lack of education, opportunity and the pressure to marry young and produce children is holding girls back in Ghana’s Upper East Region and putting them at great risk. This is a place where half of all girls are married before 18 and a woman dies for every 125 babies born, so big change is needed and fast. The support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will enable us to act now, putting an end to child marriage in the poorest communities while supporting them to create better futures for everyone in ways that will continue for generations without the need for ongoing handouts.”

 

http://www.postcodelottery.co.uk/AboutUs/News/PostcodeNews/SupportingVulnerableChildren.htm

AfriKids is crowned International Charity of the Year

 

We are very proud to announce that AfriKids was named the International Charity of the Year at the 2015 Charity Times Awards last week! For a small charity like AfriKids, this is a huge accolade and a great opportunity for us to raise our profile and share our life changing work with more people than ever. Of course the true champions are our passionate and dedicated partners, AfriKids Ghana, who work tirelessly every day to end poverty and child suffering in the Upper East Region, and who truly deserve this award.

 

AfriKids have achieved significant and measurable, positive change in the Upper East Region over the last 13 years, supporting over 921,000 beneficiaries. In one of the most deprived areas of the country we work to tackle key child rights issues that stem from extreme poverty, working at every level of society. To give you a snapshot of why we have won this title we’d like to share with you some of the achievements we have had over the years:

 

 

Our innovative approach to international development coupled with our aim to withdraw UK support means that all our interventions are entirely sustainable. Our ‘One Child at a Time’ approach allows us to provide bespoke support to each individual child, family and community that we work with, listening to the specific needs of each child and working to meet these, providing services to build the capacity of the families and communities of our beneficiaries.

 

We couldn’t be happier to have received this award and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of our supporters who have helped us along the way.

 

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The dawn of a new development era

Fifteen years ago, the most powerful people in the world sat down and made an unprecedented commitment to ending global poverty. Heads of the world’s leading industrial powers distilled a wildly ambitious plan into eight catchy goals to enter the new century: the Millennium Development Goals were born.

 

This year marks the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the launch of their successors, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). So how did we do and what remains to be done?

 

 

The MDGs have driven monumental progress across the global issues of extreme poverty and hunger; education; gender equality; child mortality; maternal health; HIV/AIDS and other diseases; environmental sustainability and establishing a “global partnership for development”. Born out of the United Nations’ Millennium Declaration, the MDGs for the first time set hard targets and timelines for all countries to contribute to the changes we all wanted to see. Achievements include:

 

  • the number of people living in extreme poverty has more than halved
  • 91% of people aged 15-24 are now literate
  • developing regions have met the target to eliminate gender disparity in schools
  • the global under-five mortality rate has dropped by more than half
  • maternal mortality worldwide has declined by 45%
  • 7.6 million deaths from AIDS were averted between 1995 and 2013
  • 91% of the global population is using an improved drinking water source
  • official development assistance from developed countries increased 66% between 2000 and 2014

 

But it is no surprise that such an ambitious agenda has experienced challenges, shortfalls and navigated many steep learning curves. As the final UN report on the goals declares, “the work is not complete and it must continue in the new development era.” For all their progress, key shortcomings of the MDGs are cited as: an inadequate commitment to reaching the poorest and most excluded; a lack of recognition of the impact of conflict and violence on development; not enough focus on effective and accountable governance; not ensuring inclusive growth and failing to adequately integrate economic, social and environmental development agendas for genuinely sustainable development. In methodology, opportunities to improve with the SDGs include better and wider consultation across all stakeholders (not least the significantly expanded SDG panel to include heads of developing states); locally-specific targets and solutions over one-size-fits-all approaches; and far better systems for collecting relevant, accurate and timely data to monitor such vast and complex change. Data capture is a major challenge in development work – often outdated and unreliable, particularly from developing countries where the information it can provide is most critical. This was a key learning from the MDGs, which struggled with largely incomplete, inconsistent and unreliable data, explaining why there aren’t simple answers to how they have performed.

 

Looking forward, the SDGs, adopted by the UN at the Sustainable Development Summit on Friday, mark the dawn of a new development era for 2015-2030. These new goals claim to build on these lessons, with SMART targets that track progress at more relevant levels, and more reliably, with investments in the infrastructure needed for better data collection. It is acknowledged that in forging a multilateral operation, the MDGs focused too heavily on global goals over the individual needs of different countries. For example, while the global target of halving extreme poverty has been met, this was largely thanks to huge economic growth in India and China pushing the poorest people in those highly populous countries over the $1.25 a day extreme poverty level, while overshadowing those states –the majority of which are in Sub Saharan Africa – that have significantly underperformed.

 

One of the most obvious differences between the MDGs and SDGs is the number of targets. The MDGs consisted of 8 top line goals, under which 18 targets were set. In contrast, the SDGs include 17 goals comprising an eye-watering 179 targets. Begging the question of whether the MDGs’ relative simplicity made for a more accessible and engaging programme. Project Everyone, an initiative of film director and Comic Relief founder, Richard Curtis, is determined to make them more well-known than ever, with a mission to communicate the SDG goals to 7 billion people (roughly the global population) in 7 days, marking the huge advances in communications technology and distribution since the MDGs were launched. Indeed the MDG report boasts mobile phone subscriptions have increased tenfold in the last 15 years and internet penetration is up from 6% to 43% worldwide.

 

There is no doubt that the SDGs are more comprehensive, better informed and have a more widely consulted strategy than the MDGs, while the original pioneering 8 goals have laid invaluable foundations for a global anti-poverty strategy which should continue now until the job is done. As Hans Rosling’s findings, which we shared last week suggest, ending extreme poverty is no longer a pipe dream but a very achievable reality within the next 15 years. As issues like environmental sustainability, migration and food security become threats which increasingly surpass national borders to become global crises, our world leaders should be more invested than ever and as Project Everyone hopes to achieve, this should be a project we all keep a very close eye on.

 

For the full list of SDGs, click here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300