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Khin Than, 10, at school in a village in the Dry Zone in Myanmar, where child sponsorship has helped to pay for fresh piped water for the whole community

Do you live in the UK's most generous city?

Posted in Blogs 2 years 6 months ago

As Christmas and the season of goodwill approaches (and because we wanted to shine a light on our wonderful child sponsors), we've released some exciting new figures showing the most generous cities in the UK, based on the number of children sponsored across Africa, Asia and South America. Read on to find out the results.

#GivingTuesday is the perfect day for people in the UK to help change lives for good

Five reasons to give on #GivingTuesday

Posted in Blogs 2 years 6 months ago

If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that Tuesdays are often the worst day of the week. You’ve already filled all your colleagues in on your juicy gossip from last weekend, and next weekend is too far away to even think about. But this Tuesday is different. This week it’s #GivingTuesday; the day created to encourage people to do something good for a great cause. In 2015, £6,000 per minute was raised for charities in the UK, breaking the world record for the most amount of money donated online in 24 hours.

A mother comforts her young son as they arrive on Lesvos. Many refugee mothers have lost their children or other family members on their journey

As I was eating lunch with my three-year-old over the weekend, I heard a radio interview with Jamal, who had lost 13 members of his family as they fled the conflict in Syria. They had drowned trying to reach the safety of Europe. My son, oblivious to the tragedy unfolding on air, chatted happily to me as he ate his sandwiches, excited about visiting his granny in the afternoon. As a child growing up in the UK with friends and family within walking distance of his home, his life is full of certainty and security.

Refugees arrive on Lesvos, soaking wet and cold from their dangerous journey across the sea.

At night, temperatures on the Greek island of Lesvos are falling to single digits. Refugee families are enduring winter temperatures in thin tents or temporary shelters, quickly constructed out of tarpaulin sheets and poles. Pregnant women and tiny babies are amongst the most vulnerable. They have survived long and dangerous journeys to get to Lesvos, but they are still struggling to keep warm this winter. 

This is two-year-old Ilin, from Syria, in Kara Tepe camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. As little as a fiver could buy children like her a coat to keep them warm through the bitter winter.

A cheeky pint vs a coat that could save a life

Posted in Blogs 3 years 5 months ago

Like so many others, one of my new year’s resolutions is to do dry January. Today, new recommendations on reduced alcohol consumption will no doubt encourage more people to drink less. One of our supporters has set himself a sponsorship challenge to go six months without a drop of alcohol, which got me thinking: what could I do to make dry January a really positive experience? 

How you made 2015 an amazing year

How you made 2015 an amazing year

Posted in Blogs 3 years 5 months ago

This has been a wonderful, terrifying, inspirational year. Thanks to our amazing supporters, we helped more than five million people in 2015. Take a minute to watch this short review of the year, to see how you’ve helped the world’s poorest women and girls. Warning: contains cute children!