The Cost of Giving
The global news is sadly very much doom and gloom right now. The British pound has plummeted in value, cost of living is spiraling across the globe and there doesn’t look to be much chance of that improving any time soon…
For a small international charity like ours, the ramifications of the plummeting exchange rates are huge. The money that we raise in the UK, when converted to Ugandan shillings, is currently at 13% less than we had budgeted for. This is 13% less money for school fees, or 13% less Street Outreach support we can offer, or 13% less family businesses we can start up. 💔
However, here at S.A.L.V.E. we refuse to give up when there are so many children and families in desperate situations needing our help. While we cannot change the global economy (it’s on our “To do” list…) we can strive to adapt and continue to make as much impact as possible in the lives of children on the streets in Uganda.
There are lots of ways that you can get involved and many of them are totally free too (which we know a lot of people will appreciate right now)!
We are always so grateful to all of our global family and brilliant team for being with us through the good and the tough times. You are incredible. Thank you. Together, we’ve got this. 💪
One of the ways in which we hope you will help us make an impact is by taking on a fundraising challenge for us. This could be joining something we’ve already planned – such as climbing Mount Elgon or taking part in the Peak District Challenge – or planning your own idea that’s unique to you.
There are lots of new ideas on our website for you to fundraise by yourself, through a school, workplace or community group. With everything from shaving your head to a sponsored silence or baking delicious treats covered – we’ve got something for everyone!
And although it’s only October this doesn’t stop us thinking ahead to Christmas… we have lots of Festive Fundraising ideas too and now is the time to get planning. 🎅 🎄 You can even pre-order your unique african animal themed Christmas jumper to support us too!
We also have a whole section on our website about Fundraising for Free. We know that money will be tight for lots of people but there are still some great ways you can support S.A.L.V.E. at no cost to you.
We would be incredibly grateful for any way you might be able to help us to face the current global challenges.
S.A.L.V.E. News Round Up
🎉 Our Fundraising for Fifteen campaign raised over £2,500. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to this campaign to help children be able to get an education.
💦 We shared a video showing the support we have been able to offer to some families following the floods that devastated parts of Uganda in August.
Check out our latest blog entitled ‘The Spade’ all about a young boy’s wrongful accusation that led him to the streets
As you can see from this picture, the children at our residential site have been enjoying taking part in arts and crafts sessions. Allowing children to express themselves through art is a valuable therapeutic tool and, most importantly, it’s great fun too!
Thank you for your continued solidarity and support. We are so grateful to be part of such a caring community of people, working together to give opportunities to children living on the streets of Uganda.
If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We always love to hear from you 🙂
Lots of love and (hopefully) sunshine from,
Nicola and the whole S.A.L.V.E. team
Each month the children in Uganda want to hear from your for our Inequality Debate. This month’s question is all about access to safe water. What does that mean to you? Share your views here. The children love hearing thoughts from friends around the globe on their debate question!