Next weekend I will be embarking on a personal challenge – hiking 50km as part of the Peak District Challenge – in order to raise funds for S.A.L.V.E. International. It is a privilege to be able to do activities for the charity that I love – but that does not make it easy! The 50km route will take in steep ascents and descents and 1,400m elevation, and this challenge will test my endurance and involve hiking for approximately 12 hours non-stop!
Thankfully I will be joined by some of our incredible supporters who will also be doing their own routes, with everything from a 10km hike up to a 100km running/hiking loop being covered!
I am always inspired by people who give their time to help us fundraise, as well as the generous folk who sponsor them. We are now seeing children as young as 4 years old come to the streets and our services have never been more needed.
So, with every blister, with every rain cloud followed by every bit of sunburn, with every ache and every pain of hiking 50km I will be thinking of the children in Uganda and I will be eternally grateful if you can think of them too and sponsor me if you are able to.
Small charities week
In June we celebrated Small Charities Week, which is designed to recognise the big impact that small charities can have.
In our 14.5 years of running, we have seen over 2,000 children access our Street Outreach services and re-settled over 580 children back to a safe family home. We have also trained nearly 250 families to start a business that will help them care for their children long term.
We are proud of the impact that we’ve had on so many lives, but recognise that none of it would be possible without the amazing global S.A.L.V.E. family of supporters we have. And if you’re reading this email – that means you! Thank you for your continued support. Together we are bringing hope and opportunities to children when they need it most.
June news round-up
Read one woman’s empowering tale about the value of education and how you’re never too old to learn. In numbers: she was one of children, she was married at , had children of her own and at the age of finally graduated.
🎉 We celebrated the Day of the African Child this month, both through our social media but also in person in Jinja, with the mayor inspiring the children to be the leaders of tomorrow.
😊 We are continuing with our #FundraisingForFifteen campaign and we are so grateful for all the support we’ve received so far. We have been sharing the stories of 15 children who need financial support for them to be able to go to school. A big thank you to those who have donated so far – please do consider supporting these children to go to school if you haven’t done so yet.
💚 June also saw us appreciate our volunteers in both the UK and Uganda as part of Volunteers Week. As a small charity we would struggle to function without the time, skills and input from our extended team. If you would like to volunteer for us (and we do like to think we’re a pretty nice bunch…) please contact us to find out what opportunities we have available.
Congratulations to Judith who won £100 in our Lottery for Change! Would you like to be next month’s winner? For just £3 a month you can be in with a chance of winning £100 and provide a street connected child with lunch for a week! Find out more here.
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 about the need for exams. Share your views here. The children love hearing thoughts from friends around the globe on their debate question!