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Reports on Aid Programmes Summer 2007

  • Primary Health Care Teams – South Africa
  • Education Programme – Peru
  • Children’s Refuge – Colombia
  • Water Filtration – Uganda
  • Girls Orphanage – Ghana
  • Micro Enterprise – Philippines
  • Funding of important projects has continued apace in the first half of 2007 through the income generated from the sale of Trade Aid UK sugar. We are delighted by the volume of sales in Tesco stores throughout the UK which has permitted us to support charities with their important work in the developing world. This has been given a boost by the launch of an ethical Travel Insurance product, travelandinsure.com. This company has teamed up with Trade Aid UK to support aid projects through the sale of its travel insurance policies.


    Funding has been directed through the Charity, Links International (www.linksinternational.org.uk) towards Primary Health Care teams in South Africa. Training has been provided to local staff who travel to remote villages and locations to instruct on simple health care issues with tremendous success. These teams have proven to be a very effective instrument in improving infant mortality rates, and overcome the misinformation and obstructive thinking on such crucial areas as Aids, childbirth, nutrition and basic health care. Regional government has been keen to work with Links International and, at the personal invitation of Nelson Mandela, they were able to send a team to his own village to train 250 delegates. This is vital on going work and will continue to receive funding from Trade Aid.


    Through Project Peru (www.projectperu.org.uk), an aid charity based in Guildford, we have been able to fund a teacher for six months to work in their Refuge in Zapallal near Lima. This is a home established to provide food, shelter and support for children and families in need. The charity provides a base in which shelter and security is given to displaced and marginalised people, in particular, woman, young children and the elderly to improve their access to free education, healthcare and nutrition.


    Through the charity, IMC, (www.imc-uk.org.uk), we continue to contribute to the on going costs of running a children’s home in Fusa near Bogota, providing a safe environment for children who would otherwise be left to the dangers of street life. Without a home or any hope of regular food, children can very easily fall prey to drugs and child prostitution. The home provides a secure haven, where good food and education are provided so that the children can grow up with life skills to take with them into adulthood.

    As an additional help to similar families living in the same village, IMC provides a feeding programme designed to cater for up to 100 children to give them one hot meal each day. It is planned to extend the existing successful programme in Fusa to other areas.


    Through the charity Links International (www.linksinternational.org.uk) we have provided essential funding to purchase water filtration units to help bring clean fresh water to remote villages in Uganda.

    The units work by a simple filtration system which will take any water, no matter how polluted, and by a gradual overnight process will filter a bucket of filthy water into water totally fit for human consumption. The filters work on a small scale so that each family in a village can have their own supply. This is an exciting new project with huge potential worldwide. Access to a safe clean water supply is denied to well over 1 billion people worldwide so we are carefully monitoring the success of these units in Uganda with a view to distribute them to other countries with peoples in need.


    We were approached by Links International in March 2007 to assist in an urgent project to provide clean running water to the Pentecost Senior Secondary School in Accra, Ghana. This is a school for 400 girls and we were able to provide this from our emergency contingency funds and we are glad to report that the installation has been successfully completed.


    Following on from the Spring 2007 report, we are pleased that micro-enterprise schemes have started in the Philippines in one of the worlds most deprived areas, the rubbish mountain known as “Smokey Mountain”. This is an area outside Manila where literally thousands of children and adults scrape an existence from scavenging in this vast rubbish tip. They do the only work there is, waste picking on this dump and they work long hours in the fly ridden wet rubbish to earn one peso a day. Sadly, one peso is far short of being able to provide even the most basic essentials for a family and a common sight on ‘Smokey Mountain’ are people sorting through cartons of leftover fast food so that they can feed their families. Micro enterprise is a way a getting people to start up their own very small business, earning enough to feed their families and eventually to provide a better life for them.

    Links International are actively engaged in the long term process of helping families in the Philippines lift themselves out of the poverty by providing seed corn capital to start their own businesses. In January 07 Links International sent out two representatives to train local staff in how to setup and run a micro enterprise project. On the 16th July, the first small business was launched with a successful applicant setting up a tailoring service making school uniforms. There is potential for micro enterprise to mushroom here, freeing hundreds of families from the clutches of poverty by providing the ‘seed corn’ to assist their passage towards self sufficiency. We hope to be able to regularly report throughout 07 & 08 on this work in progress.

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