MOMENTUM TOWARDS OUR MISSION
Supporting vulnerable children, young people and families experiencing poor health and wellbeing, a lack of stability in their lives and who are currently unable to fulfil their potential.
As young charity, we have covered a lot of ground in a relatively short space of time.
Here, you will find out how we have put your support and donations to work through our ‘Villages’ and individual projects.
Our programmes range from providing basic academic education, vocational skills courses and scholarships; to mental health and hygiene support, food growing and enterprise development schemes.
THE VILLAGE OF LESOTHO
In sub-Saharan Africa, only 1 in every 10 children can read a simple sentence at age ten.
The Village of Lesotho was our first Village established in the remote, mountainous Semonkong region in Southern Africa to benefit the local community through a garden project, a young Shepherd School and a vocational skills and enterprise programme, providing education, training and mental health support to 124 children and young people.
The Semonkong Children's Care Centre
25,920 meals were provided to 124 vulnerable young people over the course of 1 year.
Food Security Project
24 Armed Services veterans were sent out to Lesotho as volunteers in 2019 to restore the greenhouse and build a new water irrigation system. The result was a dramatic increase in the yield of crops. We were able to help 85 families in crisis by supplying them with food parcels over the winter months.
The Shepherd Night School
24 young shepherds (known locally as Herd Boys) were awarded high school scholarships in 2020 to access Secondary Education after successfully reaching Grade 7.
Shepherd Skills Programme
9 out of the 11 herd boys who participated in both the Shepherd Night School and newly launched Skills College programs have graduated as qualified carpenters in 2021.
32 items of furniture were made-to-order in 4 months by the herd boys, generating R5,000 ZAR (£250 equivalent)
“Palowe has attended evening classes where he has learnt English, Maths and basic communication. He has also taken part in the skills training program where he is actually the team leader. He has fully utilised opportunities given to him and has begun to build himself a beautiful two-roomed house using skills acquired from the program”
- Retha Mahopolo
THE VILLAGE OF SOLIHULL
We launched our Village in North Solihull in 2020 to work with vulnerable children, young people and single mothers in the north of the borough who are socially disadvantaged, facing hardship and exclusion.
Solihull Hygiene Bank
72,082 hygiene items (2.6 tonnes!) has been distributed to vulnerable people in the community to help them stay safe and well during the pandemic. The Village partnered with 29 local organisations, including care homes, food banks, youth groups and homeless shelters, reaching over 600 families in need since December 2020.
"I know of a lady in her 60s who is housebound and I gave her some shampoo and shower gel, because she has to pay for everything, carers etc. so I thought it was nice that I could help her out with a few free items. She did cry when she received her items, but they were tears of joy"
- Jean Johnson, Seeds of Hope
Solihull 'Get Cooking!’ classes
We have worked with ** people with poor physical and/or mental health and limited access to resources to teach them how to cook. 48 meals were made from scratch and families now have the recipes, know-how & equipment to cook from fresh on a regular basis.
“It was lovely to do the cooking sessions. Me and my son really enjoyed it as it gave us something different to do together. I am so glad that I was offered these classes as we loved them. I do feel more confident to try other foods now and cook them.”
– Louise, North Solihull resident
ACTS OF KINDNESS (global small grants scheme)
This programme currently offers small grants of between £50 - £500 to significantly change the lives of those who are socially disadvantaged or might otherwise not have the capacity to make their dream a reality.
Through Acts of Kindness, we ensure micro-donations add up to something meaningful. Here, you can see how just £60 can tip the scale to create positive change:
A grant £350 has been awarded to ‘Tatu Rafiki’, a group of 3 deaf tailors who have been able to use their grant to purchase more tools and materials to improve the quality of their work and increase capacity to meet larger overseas orders. Their plan is to create financial independence and sustainability from the grant through training other local deaf people to become skilled tailors
Sud Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
‘New Hope for Broken Hearts’ received £60 to ship the equipment they needed to run their vocational training centre. They can now access microfinance schemes to build new enterprises for young men and women to be engaged in a caring and structured environment that develops their vocational skills in carpentry, woodwork and…***
“In general this grant will help us to increase income to our enterprise and to our individuals. As a team we are sewing Batik fabric products with fine finishing, and we also mentor deaf young girls and boys in this career - that makes us unique.” – Polkarp, head tailor at Tatu Rafiki
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