At the end of October, Senior Partner Frances Lindsay visited visited Bolgatanga in the north of Ghana to visit children’s rights charity AfriKids and see first-hand the amazing work they do to alleviate poverty and child suffering.
Frances explains: “Afrikids is a small charity working in Ghana helping children and families. I have been fortunate enough during the course of my work to get to know Afrikids and those who work for it in this country.
“This is Gerald. I met him at the Afrikids clinic and as best we could (since I don’t speak much Frafra) we had a great laugh. He has hydrocephalus. I am told we don’t see that in the UK because it is treated at birth, more or less. Gerald is a great kid, he is smiley and loving and high-fives. What he can’t do is sit up well or walk. He won’t until he has a simple operation to fit a shunt. It costs about £750 for the operation and another £750 for the follow up care. Afrikids have the funds for the op but not the after care. He is one of the Spirit Children. Come on chaps, we can manage that and perhaps a bit more for the other cerebral palsy kids. Give us a tenner – the cost of a decent bottle of wine.
“Small charities are often ignored in favour of the more well-known ones. The administration costs of Afrikids are a very small percentage so most of the money you give goes towards helping those most in need.
“It only costs around £40 to set up a local woman in a small business. That will enable her to earn enough to send the children to school. Let’s be part of bringing happiness and a good life to others.”
In 2017, Frances will be “shuffling around the London Marathon” to raise even more money for the charity. So far, she’s raised over £1500 of her £2500 goal – so please donate to her JustGiving page if you’re able to!
- £20 will give a child in foster care food and living supplies for a week
- £50 will give a week’s evening classes for around 60 street children
- £100 will give a loan to a woman looking to expand her business through AfriKids’ microfinance programme
- £500 organises workshops on ending child labour and early and forced marriage
- £1,000 will give the Maternal and Reproductive Unit at the AfriKids Medical Centre, which delivers over 500 babies a year, with supplies and midwife care for a month
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