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July 2023 Newsletter

While writing this, I will happily admit that I am smiling thanks to the incredible news that, from this month onwards, we will be able to re-home our Boys Drop in Centre.

Our previous premises had become unsafe, unsanitary and the building could not cope with the 45% increase in demand for our services. Children had stopped coming to our centre because the lack of clean water (due to the landlady not paying the bill) meant that they couldn’t wash their clothes or bathe themselves, which was heart-breaking for our team to see.

But, thanks to some incredibly kind friends of S.A.L.V.E., we have fundraised £3,325 so that we can re-home our Drop in Centre and welcome more children. This is amazing!

Our Street Outreach services are a lifeline to children to not only access necessities such as a space to wash, a nutritious meal and medical care, but also to access counselling, build trust with our team and develop a plan to leave the streets.

As a small international development charity we have really felt the pinch of changing interest rates, rising cost of living and their effect on people’s capacity to give. So, when we get good news like this, we want to shout about it!

Children who are on the streets experience some extremely tough times and for people across the globe to stand in solidarity with them, we are astoundingly grateful. Thank you.

I also want to highlight that there are so many ways you can help S.A.L.V.E. to continue supporting as many children as possible to leave the streets. We are recruiting for volunteer Trustees to join our UK Board. The deadline is 12th July and we are particularly interested to hear from people with skills and experience in Health and Safety, Safeguarding, HR or Community Fundraising. Please get in touch if you have any questions and would like to know more about joining our board.

Get inspired

Stephen is one of the boys that we first met at our Drop in Centre. We helped him to leave the streets, return home and get an education and he now volunteers with S.A.L.V.E. as a peer mentor, helping other young people to turn their lives around.

We challenge you to watch Stephen’s video and not be inspired by the young man he has become.

Giving to a small charity like ours takes lots of different forms. It can be financial (like donating to our fundraising campaign for our Boys Drop in Centre) or it can be through fundraising or volunteering your time or skills. Feel inspired? Find out how you can get involved too.

Planning a picnic?

Are you planning a picnic this summer? We would like for you to take time out with friends and loved ones to raise funds for S.A.L.V.E. and also raise awareness of our work by hosting a Summer Picnic for S.A.L.V.E. this year.

It’s a really simple way to get involved and make a difference to children on the streets of Uganda.

We have lots of information online about how to take part and plan a fun picnic with a purpose this summer. Click this link or the image below to find out more.

Latest S.A.L.V.E. news

⛰️ This month is our Peak District Challenge where intrepid fundraisers (like me) are taking on distances between 25 – 52km, all raising funds for S.A.L.V.E. We wish them all the best of luck and will look forward to reporting on their (hopefully sunny) successes!

🥰 We want to share Mairam’s story with you. After the loss of her mother and mistreatment by her step-mother she ended up on the streets, scared, hopeless and alone. Learn how S.A.L.V.E. provided her with a safe haven and helped her to be reunited with her father.

👣 We were wowed in June by two super-stars both celebrating their birthdays by fundraising for S.A.L.V.E. Elizabeth climbed 8 mountains, each over 800m, in 3 days to celebrate her 8th birthday. Hannah fundraised for her 40th birthday by doing the Lake District Challenge. Between them they raised over £2,300! What a wonderful way to spend a birthday – thank you both for sharing your special day with S.A.L.V.E.

girl smiling on hill top
Two women on hike, smiling

Lottery for Change

Congratulations to Hannah B – this month’s winner of £100 in our Lottery for Change.

Would you like to be next month’s winner? For just £3 a month, you could be in with a chance of winning £100 and provide a street connected child with lunch for a week! Find out more here.

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None of what we have achieved would have been possible without the support of you, our amazing global family. Thank you for continuing to be part of our community and for standing in solidarity with street connected children with us.

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We always love to hear from you.

With love and smiles,

Nicola and the whole S.A.L.V.E. team

Is forgiveness important in our daily lives? Why or why not?

Each month the children we support in Uganda want to hear from your for our interactive debate. You can get involved either ahead of time or on the last Thursday of the month when our debate goes live via our website.

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