Through the Covid-19 pandemic we are focusing on giving individuals the tools they need for education, like laptops, study books and online tutoring. This has made a massive difference to the daily lives of large foster families and families in poverty who were not able to leave their houses, and improved the children’s ability to learn and gain IT skills. The World Bank reports that improved grades can increase lifetime earnings by 8%, so we know that our help can have a lasting, positive impact for every child involved.
Sadly, the pandemic left many families without food on the table. People lost jobs, couldn’t travel abroad for manual labour, and public transport was suspended. We distributed food supplies to 150 of the poorest families in Ukraine, and 224 families in Malawi, working in partnership and raising local support to help as many people as possible.
Highlights from our services for children in 2020:
- 97 children improved education and IT skills when given laptops and online tutoring
- 60 children sponsored monthly to improve welfare and education
- 40 children received weekly mentoring or tutoring, plus 45 received much needed school supplies like books and bags
- 5 Malawian students fully sponsored in university
- 5,280 meals provided with preschool education, and 75 primary school children given learning support in Malawi
The real impact is best seen in the lives of children like Diana who is now a nurse, Promise who is studying Child Heath Nursing, or Vasilyna who is dealing with the trauma of her childhood and following her ambition to be a choreographer. You can read some of these inspiring examples on our page Children’s lives changed.